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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: 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: 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!

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Pain Management OKC solutions to Arthritis Cold Pain

Pain Management OKC helps your conquer the cold this season!

Arthritis hurts. The cold makes arthritis worse by restricting the amount of blood your extremities get, using that extra blood to insulate vital organs like the heart and lungs. This can also lead to stiff and hard joints that can limit movement in addition to causing increased pain. Pain Management OKC has a few tips to mitigate or even prevent these cold fueled symptoms.

1.) Stay Hydrated: Besides being just a general good rule of thumb, staying hydrated may reduce your sensitivity to pain. Or rather, being de-hydrated can increase your sensitivity to pain.

2.) Dress Warmly and Layer up: Insulating your body from the cold is an effective way to keep the cold from affecting you. Your body won’t start restricting blood flow if it doesn’t feel cold. Wearing extra clothing over the parts of your body the suffer from arthritis (gloves for hands, leggings for legs, etc) can help as well. If you live in an area with high temperature swings dressing in layers can help you avoid overheating.

3.) Get a Massage: Go ahead, Indulge yourself for the sake of your Health! Studies show that getting a massage once a week for eight weeks may actually reduce the pain felt from arthritis.

4.) Exercise Inside: Exercise will keep your joints supple and is one of the best way to reduce chronic arthritis pain. However, this can get harder in the fall and winter with the cold adding extra pain and tension on joints. If you can’t work out outside, consider getting a gym membership or setting up a home gym and work out in the comfort, and heat, of your home or the gym.

Pain is your bodies way of telling you something is wrong, don’t ignore it! If your in pain, call Pain Management OKC today at 405 751 0011 and schedule an appointment!

Effects of Living In Chronic Pain- Part 2- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

In part one of this blog series, our pain management OKC specialist discussed how about 100 million Americans suffer from pain every day of their lives. What we didn’t tell you then was that there are so many documented cases of chronic pain that it has now become the number one reason for long-term disability in the United States. In part one, we listed some psychological side effects of living in chronic pain. Today, our pain management OKC team would like to share with our readers about the cognitive side effects, as well.

Negative Cognitive Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Forgetting Things: Living a busy life is already difficult enough and makes it easy to forget little things, but imagine being in so much pain that you cannot even remember words. This is a condition called aphasia and it causes people to forget words they would normally be able to recall quite quickly. The extra mental stress of being in pain can make an average person become very absentminded.
  • Losing Focus: Constant pain will often make it difficult to focus on anything besides the pain! Forget trying to write an article (like this one) or working in an office setting and trying to keep up with the load provided to you. The stiffness often associated with trying to cope with the pain can also be a distraction from concentration.
  • Broken Sleep: A good night of rest is, perhaps, one of the most important factors for living a good quality life. Not only do people with daily pain have problems falling asleep from time to time, but there are many who cannot stay asleep once they do manage to nod off. Lack of sleep can cause a plethora of problems all on its own such as impaired thinking, health risks, and accidents. As if those weren’t alarming enough, lack of sleep also feeds even more into the forgetfulness and loss of focus for everyday tasks.

Do any of these cognitive concerns seem like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? Whether your pain is causing you psychological impairment or cognitive issues, our pain management OKC specialists do not feel it is necessary or worth it for you to live this way. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please don’t hesitate to seek help!

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, please contact our pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

Did you know that living in chronic pain is something that, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, about 100 million Americans do every day? That being said, if you’re having joint pain, lower back pain, migraines, or any pain that can be traced back to the nervous system or spine our pain management OKC specialists would love to help. First, we’d like you to know why you should care about getting some relief for that pain!

If you’re suffering then you may already be aware of some of the side effects of living in daily pain, but we’d like to share some information as a reminder and especially to shed some light on the situation for those who may not understand what it is like to be in constant pain. Today, our pain management team is listing some ways that pain can negatively effect your ability to psychologically function.

Negative Psychological Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Developing Depression: Having something wrong with your body and living with the pain each day can take a mental toll. Just the idea of facing the pain on a daily basis can be enough for some people to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, and disinterested in general life. While depression is treatable, it’s likely to stick around in about 17% of people for life, especially if they don’t do anything to correct the issue.
  • Experiencing Anxiety: Constant pain can also cause general anxiety problems to occur. Often people think depression and anxiety are the same, but they are actually different despite the fact that many daily pain sufferers will sometimes experience similar symptoms (or develop both problems). The key issues of anxiety include feelings of nervousness, restlessness, a sense of impending danger, and having increased breath and heart rate.
  • Becoming Isolated: A healthy support system for anyone is ideal; unfortunately, for those with chronic pain a breakdown of relationships may occur. Many people in daily pain live alone, because either they feel that outsiders are judging them by saying they’re “faking it” or this is, sadly, actually the case. Sometimes, it’s the pain sufferer themselves who choose to be alone due to the mental frustration of dealing with daily pain.

Do any of these major concerns sound like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? If so, please don’t live with it any longer! If you’d like to seek assistance via a holistic approach to treatment, please feel free to give our pain management OKC specialists a try. We have specialized pain management OKC injection therapies, chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling to meet your needs.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers please contact out pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 4

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one, part two, and part three of this blog series over the month of August, our pain management OKC team has provided a total of 3 out of 5 myths about chronic pain. Today, we’re revealing the last blog with the final two myths listed below, in hopes that outsiders looking in on a chronic pain sufferer may see these people in a new light.

Chronic Pain Myth #4: If it’s undiagnosed, then the pain must not be real. 

People suffering from chronic pain often battle with the pain for years without a diagnosis. Most patients with chronic pain have tried various types of treatment methods to no avail. It can become a discouragement to try to explain what the pain feels like to someone who has no idea. Family, friends, and coworkers, often combat with statements of skepticism.

The Truth: Seeing isn’t believing, despite what many people argue. Just because a specific pain hasn’t been categorized, given a name, or simply hasn’t been diagnosed, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Chronic pain is complex, and it requires specialized doctors (like those at our pain management OKC treatment centers) to properly diagnose.

Chronic Pain Myth #5: All chronic pain sufferers just want to abuse opioids.

The use of opioids (a class of drugs that produce morphine-like effects) is a common treatment for chronic pain, but it is not the only option. Too often, chronic pain sufferers are presented with very few pain management options and that’s when they resort to medication or surgery for relief. Of course, medication only alleviates pain and discomfort temporarily. It doesn’t actually target the root of the pain. Surgery can be more long-term, but in some cases it takes multiple surgeries before relief comes.

The Truth: There are so many interventional pain management OKC treatments that don’t involve surgery or medication. With the proper treatment, people with chronic pain can experience pain relief without the side effects or risks of overdosing on medication.

At Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, our pain management OKC specialists are passionate about innovative pain management treatment with interventional therapies. To schedule a consultation with our specialized doctors, contact us today at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 3

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one and part two of this blog series, our pain management OKC team has revealed a total of 2 out of 5 myths surrounding chronic pain and the thoughts people often have about those suffering from something no one can see on the outside. Today, we’re going to reveal the third most common myth.

Chronic Pain Myth #3: Making healthier choices will cure chronic pain.

It’s easy to become swept up in the belief that exercising will be a miracle cure for you if you suffer from chronic pain, but this is not the case. There are many circumstances where exercising too strenuously can actually cause more problems. There are also several, gentle alternative therapies like yoga, massage therapy, and incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet. Unfortunately, while these methods can help, they don’t actually get to the root problem.

The Truth: It’s important to consult with someone like our pain management OKC doctor to find the proper treatment plan, which often times starts with a proper diagnosis. Chronic pain can often be caused by a car accident injury, auto-immune disease, aging, and other medical conditions. It’s important to determine where the problem started in order to better treat the pain. Remember, while a healthy lifestyle won’t make matters worse, it is unlikely that it will cure your pain.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part four (last part) of this blog series!

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In the first part of this blog series our pain management OKC team provided 1 out of 5 myths that outsiders often have when viewing a person suffering from chronic pain. Often, pain management OKC patients come to us seeking answers with no outwardly visible signs. Today, we’re going one step further to discuss the second most common myth about chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Myth #2: Chronic pain is a normal sign of aging.

As we age, it is true that the joints and muscles in the body can develop persistent aches and pains. Sometimes our pain management OKC patients experience chronic pain, but they don’t even realize it, because they mistake it as normal aging pains. More often than not, chronic pain is caused by injuries, nerve damage, or a variety of medical conditions.

The Truth: Chronic pain statistics, based on a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, show that 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain are Americans! Elderly adults aren’t the only ones suffering. In fact, further studies indicate that many of the people with chronic pain are between the ages of 18 and 59 years old.

It’s also stated that 7% of persistent lower back pain cases develop into chronic pain. If you begin to experience ongoing pain, don’t just assume that it is part of the aging process.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part three of this blog series!