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TACKLING PAIN KILLERS MISBELIEFS

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TACKLING PAIN KILLERS MISBELIEFS

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“I’m OK. I’ll wait till pain is hard to handle, then I’ll take pain killer.”

Take your medication as instructed by your health care provider. Waiting till the pain becomes severe will make your pain harder to control. Your doctor may even recommends taking your medicine at constant timings, even if you’re not having pain at all.1

“Pain killers might cause addiction.”

Over the counter pain killers are non-addictive. However, the reason you might need to increase the dose of the medication to get the same effect is due to a normal body response, which causes the medication to lose its effect by time.1

“Pain! There is nothing I can do about it except pain killers.”

Your pain might be aggravated by your psychological status so, in addition to taking your pain medication as prescribed, try to relax, take a deep breath, try to reduce stress as much as possible and think positively. Try cold or hot compressions or both on the pain site and exercise regularly.2,3

References:

1.       Frequently Asked Questions about Pain Management. Webmed. 2018. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/pain-management-faq Last accessed: 29/06/2019

2.       Frequently Asked Questions | British Pain Society. Available at: https://www.britishpainsociety.org/people-with-pain/frequently-asked-questions/ Last accessed: 29/06/2019

3.       Schwartz, A. Pain Medication Use among Patients With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosomatics. 2006 ; 47(2): 136–142 Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2764737/pdf/nihms58274.pdf Last accessed: 29/06/2018