Pain is a sensation of discomfort that causes physical, psychological, social and work alterations in the patient, capable of affecting their well-being and quality of life.
How can I help my family member with pain and / or Fibromyalgia, to have a better quality of life?
We know how difficult it is to see a person we love suffer.
You can help your loved one find the right treatment and comply with the instructions given by the doctor to improve their quality of life.
It is important to know that pain is a sensation of discomfort that causes physical, psychological, social and work alterations in the patient, capable of affecting their well-being and quality of life.
The first thing to consider is that there are different types of pain; to facilitate understanding they are divided into acute and chronic:
a) Acute Pain:
It is the painful sensation of short duration, which can be transient and fleeting. It is limited in time (from three to six months).
For example, the pain of renal colic, the pain caused by a blow, or after a fracture, among others.
b) Chronic pain:
It is that prolonged painful sensation, with more than six months of duration.
Examples are chronic low back pain and pain of people suffering from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, among others.
Both neuropathic and nociceptive pain can be chronic or acute, so it is important that you learn to identify the type of pain your patient or family member has.
Remember that nociceptive pain is the discomfort felt when a stimulus causes damage to muscles, bones, skin or internal organs; while neuropathic pain is the type of pain that involves the nervous system and is the pain caused by a nerve injury or neuropathy.
Not all pain has the same origin, nor is it solved with the same treatments.
Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor to help your family member explain all the details, for example:
• How is that pain?
• Where is it presented?
• To what is attributed?
• Since when do you feel?
• How is it distributed in the affected body or area?
• How does it vary?
• Where is it located?
Remember that the doctor is an ally, trust him, and follow his advice and recommended treatment.