When Should I See a Doctor About Chronic Pain?
- Posted on: Jun 30 2019
No one enjoys feeling pain, especially when that pain seems to have settled in and become a part of your normal day. Chronic pain stays with you for months, years, or even for the rest of your life. It can greatly change how you live, work, and play. While the pain may come and go at times, overall chronic pain is an issue you’re often stuck with. So, when is it time to go to the doctor to discuss chronic pain?
You Have Pain Beyond the Expected Recovery Time
If you’re recovering from an injury, you were likely given a timetable for that recovery. If you’re still having a bit of pain for a few days after your expected recovery time is up, that’s not too unusual. Every person is different, and it’s hard to lock down the exact time your injury will be fully healed and you won’t feel pain any longer. However, if the pain continues for several weeks and doesn’t seem to be letting up, it’s time to talk to a doctor about it. That’s not normal.
It Prevents You from Living Your Life
If you can’t easily climb up steps, walk across the room, or do anything else you’d normally do without experiencing pain, it’s time to speak to a doctor about it. You shouldn’t simply accept the pain and continue going on as you have been. There may be medication or a treatment option that will help you reduce or eliminate the pain completely.
The Pain Gets Worse
If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain for some time and it suddenly gets worse, it can be a sign that you’ve re-injured yourself or that something else is wrong. See a doctor as soon as you can. Otherwise, it’s possible this new damage will become permanent, leaving you experiencing a higher level of pain than usual.
There are a number of different ways of dealing with chronic pain, including medication and surgery. However, those aren’t always the best option. Chiropractic pain management can often reduce or eliminate your pain easily and quickly. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to discuss how we can help you manage your chronic pain.