We generally view pain as part of the body’s warning system, letting us know when we are sick or injured which leads us to take action. In many cases, pain is easy to treat and will start to go away as you get better, for instance when you treat a cut or bruise. However, many Australians live with symptoms that do not fade within a normal time period.
How pain can affect us
Living with pain can have a dramatic impact on people’s everyday lives. Often simple tasks that other people take for granted can be arduous to deal with, such as
- tying your shoelaces
- walking the dog or
As well as the physical component, persistent symptoms can also have negative psychological effects. A body in pain is constantly sending stress signals to the brain, which means people living with symptoms are more likely to have difficulty sleeping, be unable to maintain concentration for a sustained period and suffer feelings of depression or anxiety.
What causes pain?
Unfortunately, people who live with persistent pain often cannot find a reason or cause for their symptoms, or the initial reason may have healed, while the symptoms persist, which can be frustrating. When such symptoms occur, it can involve multiple, complicated parts of the nervous systems, including areas of the brain and spinal cord – as a result, identifying a single cause or treatment can be problematic, which is why you will often have to try a number of different curative steps.
Pain becomes known as chronic when it lasts longer than the normal healing time of approximately 3 months. Chronic pain is described as being constant without giving any indication of severity or intensity.
Your TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can help
We know that managing pain can be complex and sometimes confusing. At TerryWhite Chemmart, our pharmacists can provide advice and recommend medicines and other treatments to help you better manage your pain symptoms.
Everyone experiences pain differently and treatment for symptoms will often include a multi-pronged approach that can include prescription and non-prescription medications, non-medicinal therapies and referral back to your GP or other allied health professionals.
Book in for your free consultation and personalised pain management action plan to better understand your symptoms. You’ll learn how to better manage your symptoms using medication, non-drug therapies and goals for improving how you cope and function with ongoing symptoms, helping you get back to being able to enjoy your favourite activities.
General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.
Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.