How to get help dealing with chronic pain where and when you need it.
You’ve been dealing with it for several months now – maybe even years. It’s a part of your life and who you are. It’s there, every day; unabated, unrelenting.
Maybe you know what caused the pain you feel, or maybe not. Either way, the possibility of your pain disappearing becomes less realistic. The people around you don’t understand. You feel resigned and, on bad days, even hopeless.
You’re not alone (1). And know there’s hope.
As distant of a dream as it may seem, there are ways to manage the pain, allowing you to focus on the joys of life - beyond pain.
Do You Have Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain includes discomfort that lasts longer than three months. The pain is often linked to an underlying issue or combination of issues (not a specific cause). Some examples of chronic pain include arthritis, migraines, cancer, back pain, shingles, and fibromyalgia. So when trying to evaluate your pain, consider how long you’ve had it and if you know when or why it started.
So, You Have Chronic Pain – How Can You Manage It?
The truth is that there are so many different treatment options out there. From conventional pain medications (NSAIDs, acetaminophens, cox-2 inhibitors, etc.) to more natural coping methods (meditation, exercise, support groups, biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, and more), there are lots of ways you can try to relieve the effects of pain on your life.
Opioid medications are another option. But they are the number one cause of prescription drug-related overdose deaths in America (2). For some people, it only takes a few days to become heavily addicted. And, over time, the body tends to build up a tolerance to these drugs, which makes them a less effective option.
You could also try to find a pain management clinic that can help you cope with your chronic pain. There are typically two kinds of clinics: those that concentrate on specific kinds of pain, and interdisciplinary clinics that tackle pain from behavioral, physical, and psychological angles. This holistic approach often helps people function better and feel less pain (3).
However, one big drawback is that these clinics aren’t always conveniently located (having to drive into a large city for treatment can be more than a little disruptive). Additionally, because there aren’t very many of them, it can take a long time to get an initial appointment (sometimes up to years!) (4).
Lin has saved my life this past month - Marian (Lin member)
Wait! There’s Another Way (Holistic Care by Lin)
If the interdisciplinary approach is the way to go, can it be more accessible to everyone regardless of where they live?
With Lin’s online holistic health platform, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, the answer is “yes!”.
Lin’s chronic pain management program is not just convenient, but also highly personalized. Instead of the usual one-size-fits-all approach, Lin pairs you with a highly trained and caring health coach who, after getting to know you and your pain story, your coach, alongside our MDs who specialize in holistic approaches to pain, will make your care plan. And the best part...your coach will be there to make sure you get all the right pieces working in your life.
If you’re ready to try something that’s new and addresses all the different ways chronic pain impacts us; and if you want to get back to doing all the things you were born to do, get started with Lin today.
Not having a migraine is pretty cool, because I've had those all my life...I haven't had one in 2 weeks! For me, that's a great improvement - Rachel (Lin member)
I'm learning to rename my pain, & it is taking some of the fear out of it. I worry less about it escalating or that it will turn into something bad -Vivian (Lin member)