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Pain Management OKC: Stopping Gout attacks

Pain Management OKC: Stop a gout attack

Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood. For centuries it was known as “the disease of kings” as only the wealthy could afford the rich diet that can cause the disease. The main symptoms of gout include what are known as gout attacks. These attacks take the form of severe pain and swelling in the joints. Any joint can be a target, but the ankles, knees, and elbows are the most common. A gout attack will hit it’s peak about 12-24 hours after it’s onset and will generally fall off after that even without any kind of treatment. Of course, you probably don’t have the time or patience to wait that long in severe pain so Pain Management OKC has some tips to help ease the pain. And remember, if these solutions don’t work, schedule an appointment with us for more high-powered solutions.

Take over the counter medicine: Ibuprofen and naproxen (Aleve) can do wonders to help reduce gout pain. However, never take aspirin for gout pain as it can actually make the pain much worse.

Call your doctor: Your doctor may be able to prescribe a pain medication as well as perform tests to confirm that it is gout.

Get a Cane: If the pain is in a lower joint, a cane can help you keep pressure off that joint as you move around.

Ice Down: You can manage the pain and inflammation by wrapping the affected joint in a bag of crushed ice covered by a towel. Keep it on the joint for 20-30 minutes at a time.

Revamp the Menu: Stop eating foods that are high in purine like shellfish, red meat, sweetbreads, and gravy.

If the pain persists, you may need more powerful methods of pain management. Out Pain Management OKC specialists can provide these solutions safely. Schedule an appointment today at 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Managing Shingles pain

Pain Management OKC: Treating shingles pain with Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today, we’re talking about chickenpox, or more specifically the virus that causes chickenpox. When this virus reactivates inside a person it turns into the illness called shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people associate this illness by it’s rashes and while that is the main symptom of shingles, ongoing pain can also be a problem for many afflicted. Our pain management OKC specialists would love to help you get relief if you’re suffering from shingles pain.

Have you had shingles?

Many patients fail to realize the onset of shingles when it’s first happening to them because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include sensitivity to light, headaches, and flu-like symptoms without any fever. It can actually take several days or even weeks before the rashes start to appear. First, your more likely to feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the affected nerves and surrounding areas.

Later, rashes can appear anywhere on the body, but in most cases they stay on one side of the body. The rash starts out as blisters and then scab over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for weeks, months, and even years. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN is most commonly associated with pain in the forehead or chest and that patient may find it difficult to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, depression may result from the pain.

Our pain management OKC specialist can help patients suffering from long-term pain caused by shingles by using a lumbar sympathetic block. Lumbar sympathetic blocks work by blocking the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection. If the first response provides a reaction and pain reduction, our pain management OKC doctor will recommend that you repeat the injections. Usually, the problem requires a string of injections to be treated. Some patients may be treated in just a few injections while others will require more. The response to injections will vary between patients.

If you’re having trouble with daily activities because you’re in pain, please don’t wait to call our pain management OKC specialists. Out pain management OKC doctors operate by appointment. Set up your appointment by calling 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Treating Chronic Headaches

Pain Management OKC: What causes headaches and how to manage them

Do you suffer from headaches daily? Whether it’s tension headaches, migraines, or headaches that happen on one side only if you get them for 4 hours or longer for at least half of the month for more than 3 months, then you might be suffering from chronic headaches. The constant and relentless pain can be overwhelming, especially when normal, over the counter options fail to offer much relief. If nothing else has worked, it’s possible that your occipital nerves may be the cause of the pain. For this kind of pain, out Pain management OKC specialist offers occipital nerve blocks.

Occipital nerve blocks are a mix of a steroid and a local anesthetic which is injected to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps relieve pain in the area around the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.

It’s important to note that not all pain management OKC patients will feel lasting relief from having an occipital nerve block. It’s difficult to predict whether or not the injection will help you or not as, generally speaking, patients who have experienced this pain more recently will experience more relief than those who have has the pain longer. Usually, our pain management OKC doctor uses the first injection as a test as much as a treatment. The first injection will confirm if the occipital nerves are the cause or are otherwise involved in the pain. Otherwise, it will not help and the occipital nerves can be ruled out as part of the pain.

With the odds you may wonder if you should even bother with the treatment, but it’s really a matter of living with pain or trying something that may work. Think of how happy you’d feel to finally shake that constant unbearable pain and get back to living life headache free! As Wayne Gretzky said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you suffer from painful, chronic daily headaches and you’ve tried everything else, give an occipital nerve block a chance. Out pain management OKC specialist is available to answer any questions and provide service upon appointment. Just call us at 405-751-0011 and schedule your appointment.

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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!

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Pain Management OKC: Exercises for Arthritis pain

Pain Management OKC has gone over why you should exercise to control Arthritis. But what are some exercises you can expect?

The types of exercises you focus on will depend on many factors like the type of arthritis, age, and weight. But here are some types of exercise you might see worked into a plan you make with you doctor or physical therapist. These exercise types primarily focus on strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and increasing endurance. Pain Management OKC lays these exercises into a few main groups.

Strengthing:

These types of exercises focus on strengthening and maintaining the muscles the surround and support your joints. Examples of this type of exercise include weight training. Remember your muscles need time to heal so don’t work out the same group of muscles (leg muscles, arm muscles, core, etc.) twice in a row. You’ll probably start with a 3 day a week program but eventually a 2 day a week is all you’ll need.

Range-Of-Motion:

Most of these exercises can be done daily and focus on keeping your joints and muscles free and flexible. These include such exercises as rolling your shoulders back an forth or raising your arms up and down. Simple exercises that simply keep your joint supple and loosens stiffness.

Aerobic:

These exercises are designed to increase your endurance and give you more energy. Now, it’s important to note that this is not an intense running pace. Walking, cycling and swimming are good examples of the kind of aerobic exercise we mean. If your wondering what kind of pace to strive for. Go for a pace where you can still maintain a conversation, though you will be breathing heavier. If you don’t overdo it, you should be able to do these exercises everyday.

There are some examples of exercises to help stave off arthritis’s effects. These programs can work even better with other treatment options. Call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC today at 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: How Exercise helps treat Arthritis

Exercise to treat pain? Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, explains how.

Easing the pain caused by Arthritis is a difficult task. But have you ever thought that about exercise? Normally when people think of exercise they don’t think of pain relief, in fact they think the opposite! But exercise can help alleviate the symptoms arthritis. Now, first of all it’s important to talk to your doctor and find out what exercises are best for you. This will all depend on the arthritis you have and what joints are involved. Working with a doctor and/or a physical therapist is the best way to develop an exercise plan that will help treat your arthritis without aggravating pain elsewhere.

Exercise helps with arthritis by increasing the strength and flexibility of the joints being affected by arthritis. By making these parts of the body stronger, it lessens the withering effects of arthritis. Letting these parts of your body atrophy from inaction will only increase the pain and stiffness from Arthritis. Now, for most people with arthritis exercising is probably the last thing on their mind. The good news is you don’t have to run a marathon or lift 800 pounds to see any benefit. Even a moderate amount of exercise will yield results. You don’t have to be an athlete, you just have to move!

Also know that not just exercise, but any kind of movement can help alleviate pain. Mowing the lawn, walking the dog, gentler physical activities such as Yoga and Tai Chi can help as well. Many of these physical exercises can also help improve your balance, making a fall less likely into old age.

Exercise combined with a good pain treatment plan can help you take control of your life back from arthritis. Call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, today to schedule an appointment at  405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: The mental effects of chronic pain

Chronic pain can create a host of problems for people affected by it. It can make some activities harder or even impossible. But the effects of Chronic pain are not just physical, the mental effects of chronic pain can be just as dangerous and debilitating as the physical effects. Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, is here to talk about these mental effects.

The mental effects of chronic pain can take some time to appear, as the pain itself isn’t what can cause these symptoms it’s the prolonged exposure to pain that wears people down. No one person is a rock, and over time the chronic pain from diseases like arthritis can sap a person’s motivation and energy. Over time these effects can worsen and lead to very depression-like symptoms. These symptoms can include: Difficulty focusing on simple tasks, less interpersonal interactions, and a desire for a simpler life. Most people will try to achieve that simpler life through Isolation and quiet. Another common symptom of mental strain is increased sleep. Sleep can dull the bodies reaction to pain, making it more manageable. As a result, some people deal with their chronic pain by sleeping more. It’s not uncommon for people suffering from chronic pain to spend upwards of 10 hours a day sleeping. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms and also suffer from Chronic pain, call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC today!

There’s even some evidence that exposure to chronic pain can re-wire the brain. After prolonged exposure to chronic pain, the brain can start to anticipate when bouts of pain are incoming. What this can lead to is an increase in anxiety as people constantly worry about when their next bout of pain is going to come. This anxiety, paradoxically, can lead to trouble sleeping compounding the depression like symptoms mentioned earlier.

Unchecked Chronic pain can lead to a downward spiral, early effective pain treatment can help to avoid this spiral though! Don’t wait, if you’ve got chronic pain, give Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC a call today at 405 751 0011!