The battle to reduce post-surgical pain continues. If you find yourself dealing with a significant amount of pain six months after your surgery, there is a good chance that you are dealing with chronic pain. While this chronic pain can vary from one individual to the next, the fact remains that if you find yourself dealing with chronic pain, you must take steps to remedy the situation.
It is unfortunately true that there is no such thing as a definitive cure for post-surgical pain. However, when it comes to therapeutic and procedural options for post-surgical pain, there are a huge variety of possibilities that one can consider. Naturally, these are things you are going to want to discuss with a healthcare provider.
Options For Post-Surgical Pain Management
Again, it is worth emphasizing that your healthcare professional is the one who is going to discuss treatment options with you. The last thing in the world that you want to do is explore serious chronic pain management possibilities on your own. This can lead to ineffectual treatments. At worst, going it alone with chronic pain management can lead to additional health problems, including addiction to OTC medications and prescription drugs.
Your healthcare professional is the best person to help you create a meaningful plan for post-surgery chronic pain management. They can suggest things such as a lidocaine patch, an antidepressant medication, an anticonvulsant medication, an opioid medication, or even certain types of injections. Cognitive behavioral therapy is another possibility that your healthcare provider may explore with you. It is also certainly within the realm of possibility that your healthcare professional will also suggest the notion of a nerve-burning procedure. This is also known by the name radiofrequency neuroablations. There are also surgical options that can be discussed, in addition to a chronic pain rehabilitation program.
Virtually all of the possibilities mentioned above have been shown to be effective with chronic pain management. The plan your healthcare provider creates for you is going to depend on things like your age, your overall health, the nature of your pain, and how long you have been experiencing this pain. These factors and others are going to play a significant role in determining the type of post-surgical pain management that is right for you. Do not be afraid to ask questions during this process. At the same time, do not deviate from what your healthcare provider suggests in any form or fashion. This can prove to be problematic.