Burdens and Solutions to Chronic Pain
A survey published by the BBC in 2003 reports that many people under the age of 50 suffer from chronic pain. The survey involved the interviewing of 46,000 people " 3,000 of them being from the UK "and examined the ways in which chronic pain impacts peoples lives. The results were rather shocking " it was found that peoples relationships were often affected, their ability to complete daily tasks compromised, and that it has even led some to consider suicide. But why does this happen?
The survey confirms that one in five sufferers has been diagnosed with depression as a direct result of the pain, and 16% of these had even considered committing suicide. The thought of having to live a lifetime of pain proves to be overwhelming for many, and as their physical pain turns emotional, they are fighting an uphill battle.
Chronic pain does not only affect the sufferer " it affects everyone around them. The pain of the sufferer can be so distracting that it puts a lot of strain on relationships, even with friends and family. The survey revealed that 27% of the people burdened by chronic pain have noticed a deterioration in the relationships with their loved ones, so the sting of chronic pain reverberates both on a personal and a more social level.
While the survey was conducted in 2003, it is still very valid today, particularly with new medicines and treatments emerging in the medical field. Yet the medical system in the UK does have its limitations compared to those in the USA or Brazil. Many patients of chronic pain complain that British GPs are often reluctant to prescribe medication and do not provide them with a long-term solution for their problem.
Indeed, two-fifths of the people interviewed complained that their pain still hadnt abated a little, even though they had been advised by a medical professional. A few have even gone as far as to say that Britains GPs are unsympathetic. Various pain management experts (Dr Berverly Collett, President of the UK's Pain Society among them) agree, however, that Britains doctors are not doing enough to help sufferers deal with their chronic pain and minimize their symptoms.
Instead, many people are looking to massage therapy and osteopathy for more traditional approaches to pain management, and are turning their backs on modern medicine. The majority of them claim to be surprised at how well these traditional techniques work: hot stone massages, acupuncture, and joint therapy prove to tackle pain more effectively than aspirins. This might be the ray of sunshine many chronic pain sufferers are looking for; not only are they able to exert control over their pain, but also their relationships and happiness.
Andrew Mitchell, editor of the Osteopath Network, writes articles about osteopathy, osteopaths, London osteopath , back pain, neck pain, injury management. Andrew is interested in many aspects of alternative medicine.
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