Proverbs 19:20 - Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
There are many sources to help you find the right method for treating chronic pain and illness. The first source is your physician. They have the medical knowledge and expertise to help you.
There’s also internet research. Thousands of pages of documents are awaiting you. It can seem overwhelming, but start with the symptoms you have to point the way.
Web MD Symptom Checker is a great place to start. It’s easy to use and visually oriented. All you have to do is select an area of your body that’s causing a problem and Web MD Symptom Checker will help you with the rest.
The Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker is another source of information. Their symptom checker allows you to not only choose a symptom, but also enables you to select related factors and view the possible causes.
Another source of internet research is Google. You can type into their search engine a symptom or the name of a disease and Google will point you towards possible options.
Here’s one that many people overlook: the power of word-of-mouth.
The advice others give can be invaluable. They may have gone through the symptoms that you have and can pass on how they found help.
Word-of-mouth recently helped a friend of mine to learn about a treatment which uses radio frequency waves, called Radiofrequency Ablation or Radiofrequency Neurotomy, to enter the back or neck and burn the ends of nerves.
Though the healing process can be a little painful, this method can allow you to be pain free, in the area that’s been treated, for several months to more than a year.
Select the links below to learn more about both procedures.
There are other treatments for chronic pain and illness that can provide relief. One is chiropractic care. I have several friends who have told me of their positive experiences with treatment.
Another is massage therapy. A massage not only helps relieve pain, but helps to relax your muscles.
A treatment that I was told about is the use of essential oils. Lavender has been used for centuries for relaxation purposes and burns. Peppermint oil can help with nausea. I have used both of these oils successfully along with several others.
And the last treatment that I can actually pass on by word-of-mouth to you is acupuncture. For years I heard about its use, but it wasn’t covered by any insurance companies. That’s why I was surprised when one of my doctors suggested I try the treatment.
Acupuncture has come a long way from the stigma it carried. Acupuncturists are required to attend classes and be licensed. Treatment also focuses on causing the blood vessels to flow more easily. I can tell you that acupuncture has had a good result for me.
Seeing your physician, research and advice go a long way in providing weapons to fight our battle with chronic pain and illness. As the Bible verse above states, advice and instruction will in the end help you know which weapon to choose.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.