What can be a chronic pain emergency situation?
When the pain is very severe to the point that it is disabling, and makes it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities, it can be an emergency situation. Even when the pain goes beyond your tolerance level, or when you experience pain that is unexpected or unexplained – it can be an emergency situation. Sometimes the patient may have other mental health conditions as well including anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, etc. If the patient is at risk of self-harm, this is also an emergency.
How can the family help in preventing a chronic pain emergency?
The family can encourage the patient with chronic pain to consult medical and mental health professionals regularly for the treatment and management of the chronic pain condition. With medications and psychotherapy in which a psychologist can help change the patient’s pain perception, pain can become more manageable. Physiotherapy can also help the patient to modify their posture and movements so that the pain’s intensity is reduced.
How can professionals help in a chronic pain emergency?
Medical professionals can prescribe medications or employ medical procedures when required in order to reduce the intensity of chronic pain and make it more manageable.
What can the family members do in case of a chronic pain emergency?
The family members can rush the patient with chronic pain to the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital.