Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment

Pain Treatment
Pain treatment varies depending on the severity of an injury or cause of the pain. Analgesics, or pain relievers, may be your first step. Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin can treat mild to moderate pain. Stronger pain medication may be prescribed after surgery or more severe injuries. For chronic pain that persists, your doctor can help determine the best course of treatment or give you a referral for a pain specialist. Learn more about treating pain with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Your pain medicine physician is often an anesthesiologist. Here's what to expect from a pain medicine doctor:
    • The pain medicine doctor will work closely with your primary care doctor.
    • Pain medicine doctors will review your medical records and X-rays or other imaging studies as needed.
    • They will ask you to describe your pain in detail, such as where it hurts, for how long, what makes the pain worse or what makes it feel better. 
    • They may ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire that helps them to assess the impact that your pain is having on your lifestyle and if it is interfering with your daily activities.
    • They also will do a complete physical examination.
    • They may need to order other tests and will then review all of their findings to determine what is causing your pain and how the problem can be corrected.
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    An epidural can go on indefinitely, since the medication can be refilled. In this video, I will explain how an epidural works and how long they're typically needed.
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    Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are injections into the spinal canal that are intended to reduce the swelling or inflammation of the surrounding tissues that cause nerve pain. The research reviews for this procedure offer mixed opinions. The treatment is not recommended for herniated discs, but in some cases of spinal stenosis and joint irritation, ESI is helpful in reducing inflammation and relieving symptoms for extended periods. Because canal narrowing is permanent, irritation can return, and the procedure may need to be repeated. ESI is usually administered as a series of three injections over a six-week period. If the first injection does not provide a modest reduction in symptoms, the treatments will probably be unsuccessful, and there is no need to undergo any additional injections.
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    Epidural analgesia is one technique for reducing acute pain during surgery. A catheter is inserted into the space within the spine but outside the spinal fluid. A steady drip of painkillers - sometimes a combination of opiod analgesics and anesthetics - prevents the patient from feeling pain during and after surgery. Painkillers can be administered more efficiently by injecting them directly into the spinal fluid, but this method does not achieve the same continuous effect.

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    Women's Health Tips: Epidurals for Child Birth
    Epidurals are the most common form of birth anesthesia. Have you ever wondered what happens when you receive one? Watch this clip from Discovery Health's "Women's Health Tips" to find out.


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    Perhaps one of the most important steps to take when selecting this healthcare professional is to look to your personal likes and dislikes. Do you feel more comfortable with a man or a woman? Should your physician be older than you, the same age, or younger? Do you have a preference as to educational background? These questions are important to consider when making your appointment.
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    People develop pain for many reasons. Pain from a recent surgery, injury or medical illness is called acute pain. In many cases, this pain can be managed immediately and will usually get better in just a short time. For more serious pain, however, your primary care doctor may consult a pain medicine doctor, often an anesthesiologist, to help manage your pain while you are healing.

    If your pain persists after the healing process should be over, you may have what is called chronic pain. If the current treatment you are receiving stops working or your pain begins to get worse over time, your primary care doctor may suggest that you see a pain medicine doctor. In this chronic condition, the pain is the illness and not the symptom.

    Cancer pain is another condition that can be managed by a pain medicine doctor while the patient continues to receive treatment for various types of cancer. The pain can be due to cancer surgery or treatment procedures, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, or the cancer itself.
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    What kind of conditions does a pain management specialist treat?

    A pain management specialist treats chronic forms of musculoskeletal pain, including arthtritis and lower back pain. In this video, Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the specialty.


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    To find a pain medicine doctor or pain specialist, generally your regular doctor should be able to refer you to an individual or group who offers services that are best for helping your specific pain problem. If your doctor is not able to refer you, try the sources below:

    1. Call your local hospital or medical center and ask if they have a pain treatment center there or if they are affiliated with a pain treatment center or clinic nearby. 

    2. If your area does not have a specialized pain treatment center, ask the hospital to connect you to the Department of Anesthesiology. They may have doctors on staff who can provide treatment or who can refer you to another hospital.

    3. If your local hospital does not have information on a pain treatment center, contact the nearest school of medicine, which is usually affiliated with a private college or state university. (Medical school listings are available at the public library.) Ask them if they offer pain treatment or if they have research programs that study pain.

    4. If you have access to the Internet, you can obtain information through the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). While ASA does not maintain a list of pain centers nationwide, we may be able to assist you with some additional information in your area.
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    Propofol is an anesthetic typically used to produce general anesthesia or sedation. It resembles milk in color and in slang terms it is sometimes called “milk of anesthesia."