As chronic pain patients, we dream of complete relief from pain. However, the sad fact for most of us is that total freedom from pain is probably an unrealistic goal. If that's the case, what then is a realistic goal? Just how much pain relief is it reasonable to expect? And a perhaps equally important question is, what outcomes other than a decrease in pain intensity are important to us? For the past seven years, a multidisciplinary group of international experts has been meeting and working to develop recommendations for improving clinical trials of pain treatments. One important focus of this group – called the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT) – has been on how effective treatments for chronic pain can be defined, measured and translated into meaningful outcomes for patients. Measuring Improvement in Pain Intensity Not surprisingly, the primary measure of a treatment's effective...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
Pain relief does not have to cause a financial meltdown. Here are some tips for the pennywise looking for both economic relief and pain relief.
Ice ($0) instead of anti-inflammatory medications ($8): Because the cooling action of ice helps to control swelling, it is a great way to control pain. Just ask any athlete who has had an injury, ice keeps them going with less pain.
Hand-held shower massager ($80) instead of a massaging chair ($3000): The Human Touch Massage chairs are nice, but who has an extra 3K to spend. A pulsating hot water massage in the shower can also relieve pain, without hurting your budget.
Heating pad ($20) instead of a spa ($2000): With winter approaching, it is important to keep those muscles warm; otherwise, they will become tense and spasm. But, please don't burn your skin.
Mattress Topper ($300) instead of a mattress ($2000): I love the Tempur Pedic products, but the mattress is very expensive. Sometimes the cheaper foam topper (a layer of foam on top...
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