You may have pain in your lower back and wonder what is causing it. After all, it’s not the first time you’ve felt this way. So why do your headaches come back? Or what about that stomach ache that just won’t go away? What if I told you there was a way to decode what’s causing your pain — and how to stop it?
Learn About Your Pain
You may be able to identify the cause of your pain by answering these questions:
• Are there any other symptoms that accompany the pain (e.g., numbness, tingling)?
• Is there a specific position that makes it worse (e.g., bending forward) or better (e.g., lying down)?
Determine Why It’s Happening
One of the most important things to understand is why your pain is happening. Knowing the underlying cause can help you make informed decisions regarding your treatment and control your pain, says Dr Lane Sebring. For example, if you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it will be important for you to know that there are several different types of this condition and each type requires a different treatment plan.
Dr Lane Sebring Understanding the underlying causes of your symptoms can also help minimize confusion about multiple diagnoses or conflicting information from different doctors or specialists (e.g., “You have fibromyalgia but also lupus?”).
What Can You Do To Control It?
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, there are some things that can help to control it.
• Use a pain scale to track your pain. A pain scale is a tool used by doctors and nurses to help them determine how much discomfort you’re in and what kind of treatment would be best for you. It can also help with diagnosing underlying causes for your symptoms if they aren’t clear from simply asking questions about what’s happening in your body.
• Talk to your doctor about what else might be causing your symptoms or contributing factors (such as medications) that may affect how well treatments work for reducing chronic pain. They’ll help figure out which medications will work best for treating the root cause(s) of chronic backaches without causing side effects like Drowsiness or dizziness–and if surgery might be necessary at some point down the road when nothing else works anymore!