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What Is Breakthrough Pain?

What Is Breakthrough Pain?People who struggle with chronic pain rely on specially developed plans for pain management, which often includes medication and other forms of physical therapy. Many of these patients experience intermittent times when the pain becomes suddenly bad enough to break through their pain management regimen. This phenomenon is called “breakthrough pain” and it can be devastating to patients who already struggled enough with aches. Fortunately treatment can help these patients recover.

Risks of Breakthrough Pain

In addition to the misery it causes, breakthrough pain can compel patients to increase the dosage of painkillers they take. This means they will either take a dose higher than is prescribed or take drugs more frequently than suggested. These behaviors can quickly lead to overmedication, increased tolerance (training the body to require larger or more frequent doses in order to maintain relief) or full blown addiction. As drug use progresses and tolerance grows, patients often end up needing dangerous levels of medication to find relief. These drugs also mask psychological pain, so addict will eventually need high levels just to function without being bothered by their psychological struggles. It is common for painkiller addicts to require dangerously large doses that ultimately cannot block the pain they are designed to treat. If people continue to escalate their doses, they run a high risk of overdose.

Treatment for Chronic Pain

While some pain clinics simply hand out addictive medications, the best pain management programs protect the physical and mental health of their patients by exploring every treatment option. Some of the most common treatment plans include the following elements:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Exercise programs
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional support
  • Individual counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Joint decompression
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Carefully administered medical treatment
  • Spiritual or emotional support
  • Treating underlying or co-occurring issues such as depression or addiction

Patients who have previously struggled with prescription painkiller addiction can receive specialized detox and rehab that helps them get and stay clean for good.

Help for Breakthrough Pain

If you suffer breakthrough pain during your struggle with chronic pain, please call our helpline today. Our counselors are ready 24 hours a day to answer your call and provide free advice. They can answer all of your questions about breakthrough pain and treatment. Take action now, because if left untreated this condition can easily lead to depression, anxiety disorders, addiction and ultimately ineffective pain management in general. Don’t let that happen to you; call our toll-free helpline today and allow us to help you find the pain management you need to live a productive and peaceful life.

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