Even mild chronic pain -- whether from arthritis, migraines, or another condition -- can be debilitating. So it makes sense to take a pain reliever to make the hurt go away. But when you walk down the aisle of your local drug store, there are many pain pills to choose from. How do you know which pain pill to choose? And just what is the difference between aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen?
Aspirin and ibuprofen belong to a large class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory...
It's common to respond to chronic
pain with feelings of frustration, depression,
anxiety, fear, and even anger. These feelings can make
it harder to manage chronic pain, especially if you use alcohol or drugs to
deal with your symptoms.
If you decide to try one or more
of these complementary therapies to treat your chronic pain, find a health
professional who has special training and, whenever possible, certification in
the particular therapy.
You may get a referral from someone you trust such as
your doctor, family, or friends. Make sure all of your health professionals
know every type of treatment you are using to reduce chronic pain.