When you continuously go to bed with–and wake up to–constant pain, it inevitably becomes a part of your everyday life. Studies have shown that 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Mostly, this pain is invisible to anyone not living with it. Those suffering with chronic pain have often worked through the pain and agony for so long, that they have mastered the art of hiding their discomfort from friends, family and loved ones. Yet, even though others may not recognize the pain they are in, it doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering.
What Does Chronic Pain “Look” Like?
Chronic pain looks and feels different for every single person who is suffering. A person suffering from chronic pain often has no clue what their day will bring. Will they wake up being able to continue on with their everyday life? Or will this be another day when they cannot get out of bed? It’s hard to define what chronic pain actually “looks” like, since it is so different for every person, and those suffering are adept at hiding their discomfort. For example, someone with debilitating migraines may look “fine” to an outsider, but in reality they are experiencing excruciating pain.
Struggling to Find a Way to Manage the Pain
More often than not, those who suffer from chronic pain are also struggling to find a way to manage their pain. Unfortunately, there are circumstances where even doctors are unable to effective treat a patient’s pain. Managing chronic pain requires much more than writing a prescription for whatever pain medication the doctor thinks will work for the patient. Managing chronic pain might entail a specific diet (think anti-inflammatory), kinesiology tape, morning stretches, meditation, or other versions of self-care.
How Do Those With Chronic Pain Cope?
Finding a way to cope with chronic pain can be a trial and error process. It’s also important to realize that there are solutions outside of pain medication—and, specifically, outside of strong opioids—for pain management. An alternative treatment to pain medication is ketamine infusions. Ketamine is a highly effective treatment for chronic pain and has been known to alleviate pain for up to six months after the initial series of infusions.
While chronic pain can change everything —how you feel (both physically and emotionally), energy levels, your capabilities and so much more—it’s important to recognize that there are alternatives to the traditional prescription route, like ketamine infusion therapy.
Contact Tahoe Ketamine
Our clinical team is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you choose the chronic pain treatment that is right for you. If you or someone you love is looking to for a pain management solution, contact our staff to answer any questions you may have about ketamine infusion therapy.