If you are struggling with chronic pain, one of the best things you can do is share the struggle. You need the support of family and friends, yes, but if you’re going to make progress in your fight against the pain, you need to enlist a true medical professional.
At Texas Mind Science, with offices in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas, we have seen this truth play out time and again. People who have struggled for years finally make an appointment with us, leading to a resolution of their problem.
We’re not miracle workers, and we can’t heal you right away, but our experience has given us a few advantages you wouldn’t have on your own. Here’s why you need to seek a medical professional if you’re suffering from chronic pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Acute pain occurs when you experience an injury or a problem such as spraining your ankle or cutting your hand. It usually lasts a short time. But if your pain extends beyond three to six months, it is called chronic pain. In 2012, for example, about 25 million U.S. adults reported experiencing pain every day for the last three months.
Chronic pain can be caused by many different conditions, such as back issues, headaches, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, cancer, arthritis, and more. Sometimes a patient’s chronic pain can have more than one cause, and sometimes the cause is unknown. That, however, doesn’t make the pain any less real. Some patients even develop chronic pain syndrome, which adds symptoms like depression and anxiety to the pain.
How Can You Relieve It?
Because chronic pain can affect every area of your life, it’s important that you seek help from a medical professional to deal with it. On your own, your chances of beating the pain are much less.
Basic guidelines for relieving chronic pain call for doctors to begin their treatment efforts with non-pharmaceutical interventions. These methods can include cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, acupuncture, physical and massage therapy, low-level lasers, and more.
If these methods don’t work, opioid and non-opioid medications are other options for treatment.
How Can TMS Help?
At Texas Mind Science, we also use a therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, to reduce your pain and improve your mental and emotional well-being. This non-invasive treatment uses magnetic pulses produced by the CloudTMSTM machine to target specific areas of neurons in your brain.
As the magnetic pulses reach the neurons, they can reprogram the neuron circuits that are associated with your perception of pain. As this occurs, you will begin to feel less pain. The treatment works best with five sessions a week for four to six weeks.
If you are tired of dealing with chronic pain on your own, and you’re ready to experience the help of an expert team, contact either of our Texas Mind Science offices phone today, or use our convenient online scheduler to set your own appointment.
We know you’ve been suffering, and we’re ready to help.