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Pain Management OKC: Fibromyalgia

Pain Management OKC: What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder caused by widespread pain through the musculoskeletal systems accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Symptoms can occur after intense psychological stress, physical trauma, surgery, or some infections. Sometimes, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Currently there is no cure for Fibromyalgia but there are treatment options. Pain Management OKC is here to talk about some of them.

Symptoms of this condition include widespread pain that last for a long time, at least 3 months. It’s usually not an intense pain, most people describe it more like a dull ache than an acute, intense pain. To be considered widespread, the pain must happen on both sides of the body and occur above and below the waist. People with Fibromyalgia can also feel as if they are in a “fog” making it difficult to focus on tasks or concentrate. General feelings of fatigue are often reported as well, even though patients have slept far longer than they normally would. Sleep is also often disrupted by pain. Women are at greater risk of developing Fibromyalgia than men although it can still occur in both sexes.

As of right now there is no cure for Fibromyalgia but treatment options are available. Not all treatment options will work for everyone. Most treatment focuses on certain medication to help control the pain and sticking to a self-care routine to help manage the symptoms of this condition. Seeking a pain specialist can be vital to helping control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia before they get out of hand. Pain Medication, Anti-seizure medication, and Physical Therapy are all potential treatment options available.

Don’t live with pain! Pain is your bodies way of telling you something is wrong! Call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, today and start managing your pain at 405 751 0011!

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Paon Management OKC: Spinal Stenosis

Pain Management OKC: Could your pain be being caused by Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis occurs when your spinal canal narrows and begins to put pressure on the nerves in your spine. Often this is caused by Osteoarthritis in the spine. People with spinal stenosis often experience pain in there lower back and legs after walking. This pain usually subsides after sitting for awhile. You may also experience other symptoms like cramping, numbness, or general weakness in the legs. People over the age of 50 are at risk for this condition. With woman being more at risk than men. So what can you do about it? Pain Management OKC has some answers.

Firstly, it’s important to go to a doctor and confirm that the pain your feeling is, in fact, Spinal Stenosis and not pain from another source like arthritis. Knowing what exactly is causing you pain is critical to proper treatment. Spinal Stenosis can be diagnosed by looking at physical history and X-Rays. You may also have an EMG performed to check the nerves in your legs. After confirmation what treatment options are available?

Should all other options fail, they’re are surgeries that can be performed. But this is almost never needed. Exercise is important to maintaining the strength of your spine and helping to manage the pain caused by this condition. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help you design a workout that helps to best manage your pain. If your in too much pain to exercise, you may first be put on Flexion-based training and then slowly work your way up to walking, running, or swimming for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

If you need help managing your pain caused by Spinal Stenosis or any other kind of pain give Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, a call today at 405 751 0011!

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Pain Management OKC: Can a massage help pain?

Pain Management OKC talks about massages and pain relief

We all know a day at the spa can do wonders for stress relief and leave us feeling 10 years younger. But can a visit to the massage parlor do anything for someone’s stress-related, or even chronic, pain? Pain Management OKC has a some answers.

Now, most people know that a good massage can help deal with stress-related pain very effectively. Especially when done by a licensed massage therapist. A good massage can relax and soothe tightened or overworked muscles. And the natural relaxation that comes from a massage session can help to ease stress. Less stress means less stress-pain, easy right? But what about chronic pain?

Well, recent studies seem to suggest that a good massage may be more effective than other treatments like acupuncture at reducing pain, especially in the lower back region. Another group of people who might also benefit from massages are cancer patients. A study of 1200 cancer patients showed that a good massage can help reduce many of the symptoms associated with cancer and it’s treatments such as anxiety, nausea, and of course, pain.

Some things to keep in mind if you decide to try massage. Getting a massage from a licensed massage specialist is the best way to ensure you’ll get the best massage and the most relaxing experience possible. Remember to try and relax when the massage is happening. And most importantly, if you experience any pain while the massage is going on, let the person doing the massage know immediately. Remember, pain is your bodies way of letting you know something is wrong. If you’re experiencing pain while getting a massage it may not be the right treatment for you.

Pain can be complicated, but it never has to rule your life. Give Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, a call today and start managing your pain. 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Stress and Pain

Pain Management OKC talks about how stress is related to pain

Life is stressful, we all know that. But are chronic pain and stress linked? Pain Management OKC explains:

While we don’t know for sure why or how stress and pain are related, people who are chronically stressed out also tend to experience chronic pain. The pain is most often located in the neck, shoulder, and back area. While not completely clear what the cause is some theory are that the pain is caused by constantly tensed muscles. Some other theories seem to point toward chemicals in the brain though. While we may not know exactly how it works, we do have a few things you can try to reduce and eliminate stress related pain.

Chill Out: It doesn’t have to be Yoga or meditation, though they can certainly help, but just taking the time to relax and unwind is one of the most effective ways you can reduce stress. It’s easy to get caught up and lose track of time in today’s stressful world. Sometimes we can go a long time without really stopping to relax, this can lead to increased stress and possibly chronic pain.

Exercise: Being active is one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels. Even just 30 minutes on the treadmill, walking at a brisk pace, can make a world of difference. In addition, increased exercise will also confer it’s many other benefits, increased energy, weight management, and more motivation.

Talk: Seeking support from a mental health professional can also be a very effective way to manage stress. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to take some pill with a million side-effects in all likelihood that won’t happen, often times just talking to someone who’s been trained to help you deal with stress is enough to reduce stress in your life.

If you still experience pain after reducing stress, give us a call a pain management OKC today!