Pain Management 2
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Attitudes toward chronic pain are changing among physicians and other health care providers. But a recent survey found that most Americans know little about who suffers from chronic pain and how itís treated. Dr. Edward Hill continues his discussion on chronic pain in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Chronic pain is not merely a prolonged form of acute pain, it is a disease. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment is most effective, and prevention is key to avoiding the consequences of chronic pain.

It is a myth that most chronic pain sufferers are over age 65. In reality, the large majority of chronic pain sufferers are between ages 24 to 64.

A wide variety of pain treatments are now available, but few patients actually seek them out.  One reason is their misperception of pain medicines.

Many chronic pain patients can be treated with little or no addictive medication. But the appropriate use of even potentially addictive painkillers for a specific condition is effective and carries a very low risk of addiction, especially with no history of substance abuse. In fact, untreated pain can lead to an addiction to alcohol or other substances that can dull sensation. Certainly, itís better to let your doctor prescribe a medicine instead of doing it yourself.

Tomorrow, Iíll discuss various causes of chronic pain. For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.