Pain management is one of the most crucial parts of any rheumatology treatment. So what should patients do when pain management doesn’t work? Of course, it depends on a few different factors. In this article, we’ll share what to do when pain management doesn’t work- and how you can get back on track as soon as possible.
When Pain Management Doesn’t Work
There are many great medications out there for chronic pain. Unfortunately though, some patients need to try several different options before they find something that works for them. If your medication isn’t working, this usually means that you need to try a different drug. However, it can also mean that your disease is progressing. Your doctor can determine which scenario is most likely for you.
Consider Alternative Therapies
This is the most obvious solution when pain management stops working. For some patients, a simple drug change can dramatically improve their symptoms. Other patients might have success changing medication type (for instance, trying a nerve pain medication instead of an N-SAID.) Keep an open mind when switching medications. Sometimes, your doctor will suggest an alternative therapy that you haven’t thought of, which can be very helpful.
Monitor Your Symptoms
Sometimes, pain management stops working if you are having a disease flare-up or other unique circumstances. If your medication suddenly stops working, then it’s important to monitor your symptoms and any changes you’ve made recently. Taking detailed notes will help your doctor get to the bottom of your new pain- and help him or her to treat it quickly.
Consider Lifestyle Factors
Also take note of any lifestyle differences that might be causing your symptoms. For some patients, flare-ups can be caused by extra stress, lack of sleep, or changes in diet. Paying attention to these lifestyle factors can help you determine which issues trigger your symptoms.
Talk to Your Doctor
The bottom line? You need to talk to your doctor when pain management doesn’t work. He or she can monitor your symptoms- as well as your medications- and help you choose the next step for your care. Houston Rheumatology helps patients all across the Houston area manage their chronic pain. Click the link above to book your appointment with us today.