Medications & Operations

Operations and Medications

Medication and operations are often suggested by doctors and pain specialists for chronic pain sufferers. Sometimes these approaches do not provide any respite from your pain. You don’t know what is helping and what is hurting, therefore, you fear everything and don’t know who to trust or believe.

Doctors do not always know how to immediately diagnose the source of chronic pain and what to prescribe to solve the problem. This is because pain is often related to a wide variety of issues, including the central nervous system, physical and psychological well-being and lifestyle.

Unnecessary Treatments for Chronic Pain

Sometimes surgery may seem like an efficient option for dealing with pain. For chronic pain, the research is mixed. For certain types of pain, like lower-back pain, some studies have shown that surgery may offer minimal, if any, benefit compared with other types of treatments. In some cases, surgery can make things worse – leading to infection, scarring and even nerve damage. Before considering any type of surgery, it is important to think about the risks and whether or not it might make the pain worse.

Medications for Chronic Pain and Their Side Effects

Certain types of pain medication often create side effects that are worse than the original reason for taking them. It often becomes difficult to tell if pain and other negative sensations are related to the meds or the chronic pain itself. Some of the side effects of opioids, including tiredness, dizziness and nausea, may be a set of symptoms also related to your pain. In addition, opioid medications give rise to some other harmful conditions, like dependence and tolerance. As you continue to use the medication, over time you will need more of it and your current dosage will become less effective in alleviating your pain.

Be careful who you listen to…

At the end of the day, make sure you are mindful about where you are getting your information. Some doctors do not always take the necessary time to review all of the possible treatments that could improve your pain. Weigh the risks involved in choosing surgery and/or medications.

Consider my stories:

  • For my kidney issues, doctors suggested multiple procedures that were not a good fit for me, just what my insurance had approved. Over time, my body eventually healed itself without surgery.
  • When I was pregnant, I was prescribed Panadeine Forte. This drug is not for pregnant women and could have not only jeopardized my kidney health but could have created much more damage to my son. Thankfully, my son’s alive and is doing reasonably well.

I am the predominant creative force in my life and I take responsibility for my health

What medications are you taking? Are you experiencing any side effects? Read the pamphlets and always ask questions like “Will this drug hurt me?” Also, make sure the medication won’t counteract, or interact with, anything that you are currently taking. At the end of the day, be as certain as you can that none of the medications you are taking have harmful side effects.

Not Necessarily the Escape You Need

Prescribed medications and other types of drugs, such as alcohol, smoking, food, etc., are going to help you focus on something else for a little while, but they won’t stop your pain for good.

Surgeries may seem like a good idea, but they come with a risk.

The Bottom Line

Learn to trust yourself to make good choices about how you deal with pain and other aspects of your life. Help is always here.

Dawn Cady - Pain Coach NSW Australia

Author: Dawn Cady
Pain Transformation Coach
Certified Holistic Therapist
Founder of Alleviate Pain
Phone: +61 (02) 4751 8726