We all experience pain and it is different for everyone.
Each one of us, at some point, suffers from pain.
1 in 5 Australians live with chronic pain
1 in 3 for people over 65 years of age
Not only is it uncomfortable, in some instances it can be debilitating and have a major impact on your quality of life.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something may be wrong. It comes in many forms (sharp, dull, throbbing, stabbing, aching, tingling etc.) and may be constant or come and go.
Pain is both physical and emotional. How you feel and react to pain depends on what’s causing it as well as many personal factors.
The duration and severity of pain varies and pain can be categorised as one of the following:
Acute pain - Short term and usually results in full recovery
Chronic pain – Persistent, long lasting and a health condition in its own right
What is pain?
Pain is a complex problem. It involves interaction between your sensory nerves, spinal cord and brain. Persistent triggering of this pathway can lead to the amplification of pain long after initial injuries have what initially caused you pain has healed. This can happen for a variety of reasons and warrants a multi-faced treatment approach.
In addition to dealing with the pain itself, there are many other related symptoms that can be experienced including:
physical symptoms – for example nausea, dizziness, weakness or drowsiness
emotional effects – e.g. anger, depression, mood swings or irritability
social effects - personal and professional relationships, lifestyle and independence
Over time, persistent pain can become difficult to cope with for both the sufferer and those around them.
You are the person that best understands your pain.
Successful management of chronic pain and care for your overall wellbeing requires a multi-disciplinary approach. It is essential to identify the key people that can assist in treating and managing pain – this is your Pain Team. It may include your GP, 777 Pharmacist, pain specialist, psychologist, physiotherapists and other health care professionals.
It is important to communicate regularly and openly with the rest of your Pain Team to allow them to assist you effectively and work collaboratively towards a personalised pain solution.
Understanding your pain and its triggers is the first step in effective treatment. Learn more about your pain by:
Tracking your pain and its intensity in a pain diary or on your smart phone
Identify your pain triggers and avoiding them where possible
Feed this information back to your pain team
Other helpful tips to managing pain include:
Knowing what do when your pain “flares up”
Sharing your feelings with friends and family and asking for help when you need it
Setting priorities and knowing your limits - don’t “overdo it”
Keeping hydrated and eating a balanced diet
Maintaining a healthy body weight
How we can help
See your local 777 Pharmacist to explore available pain treatment options or to arrange a pain consultation to discuss pain management personalised for you, including a medication review.
We will always personally dispense our knowledge, look for new and better ways to manage your pain and work closely with your doctor and other health care professionals to support you.
No question or problem is insignificant.
We’re here for any questions that you or your family have – for advice, support or someone to talk to.
We see you as an individual and personalise our recommendations so they’re meaningful to you and your lifestyle.