Practical Strategies for Preventing Pain
Pain is unpleasant. It’s associated with many health problems and is a common reason for seeking medical care.
According to the American Academy of Pain Management, pain is a complex mixture of emotions, experience, culture, spirit and sensation.
Physical pain is the hurt we feel in our bodies. It’s often associated with damaged tissues that feel like they’re throbbing, burning or aching.
The most common cause of physical pain is inflammation. This kind of pain may be accompanied or aggravated by emotional or spiritual pain. Medical science says that high rates of substance misuse, anxiety and stress disorders are often reported in people with chronic pain.
Are you aware that suicide is two to three times higher in people who suffer from chronic pain?
And studies have shown that more than 44% of patients living with chronic pain also experience depression or anxiety.
Moreover, pain changes personal relationships. Interactions may be affected and altered by the physical limitations and emotional strain resulting from living with chronic pain.
At times, emotional pain can even manifest itself in various mental disorders.
Spiritual pain can be tied to struggling to find life’s purpose, seeking forgiveness, dealing with relationships, or feeling hopeless. It’s more about finding sources of meaning, hope, love, joy, peace, comfort, strength and connection.
It may be an unpleasant sensation, but pain actually tells us that something is wrong with our bodies. Often, we use medication to relieve the pain immediately. But we can find better long-term pain management through certain lifestyle measures.
Changing these factors can often reduce pain: sleep, stress, physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet, smoking and water consumption.
To learn more, join Dr. Lela Lewis and her friends in discussing the relationship between pain and lifestyle measures.
Dr. Donald E. Adams is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in Edmond, Oklahoma, with more than 24 years of experience.
Pastor Louis Torres is an internationally acclaimed speaker, evangelist, author, trainer and musician. He has a Doctorate of Ministry, Doctorate of Humane Letters and Masters in Public Health. He has published more than 10 books and is also the co-founder and director of Black Hills Lifestyle Medical Institute while serving as an administrator with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for many years.