Why you shouldn't ignore back pain | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
You’re taught to be tough. You’re taught to be strong. And if you’re in chronic pain, some people might perceive you as weak. No one wants to be thought of as weak, so you might just tough it out and push through the pain. But you should never settle for living with chronic pain or assume that pain is just a part of your everyday existence. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, pushing through regular back pain can actually be harmful. Pain is the way your body tells you that something is wrong. It’s an alert that tells you to get checked out and figure out what’s going on. Pain could be a symptom of something bigger going on inside that you can’t see.
What is chronic pain?
Pain that continues for longer than six months is considered chronic. This could be joint pain, low back pain, nerve pain, or other pain along your back, neck, or shoulders. It also has to be the type of pain that affects your daily living. It’s not just a small awareness of pain once in a while. Instead, it keeps you awake, keeps you from functioning effectively, or disrupts other parts of your work or family life.
What should you do if you have chronic pain?
Don’t ignore chronic pain. Start keeping notes or records of how often you’re feeling the pain and be specific in how it is affecting your daily living. Next, don’t wait to make an appointment with your doctor. There’s always a chance that your pain is signaling something serious. Waiting to see your doctor isn’t a good idea. When you do see your doctor, be honest about the level of pain you’ve been experiencing, and show your doctor your records you have kept.
You don’t have to live with pain every day! Never accept pain as part of life, instead, take action and listen to what it’s trying to tell you. There are treatments of all sorts available for back, nerve, or joint pain.
If you’re living with chronic pain, contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for more information and an appointment at: http://disclv.com.