(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- Each one of us occasionally experiences some kind of pain. Some suffer from various kinds of consistent pains such as back pain, joint pain, headache and pain emanating from cancer.
Pain is generally accepted as inevitable. People surrender to it and try to learn to live with it. In the absence of proper education and lack of awareness, there is misuse of painkillers resulting in high incidence of complications like gastritis, kidney failure, bone marrow depression and bleeding from the stomach or intestine.
Continuous suffering from chronic pain results in change of lifestyle, poor efficiency, dependency on others and medicines, ultimately leading to family suffering and mental disturbances like depression.
One must see a pain specialist if they still suffer from pain after a month of conservative treatment.
Pain Medicine is a specialty which deals with the management of all types of painful disease states, even long-standing pain.
Pain Clinics are now assuming the role of an essential service as they meet a need unmet by any previously existing medical facility.
It is based on the conviction that the effective management of difficult pain conditions is possible only through well-coordinated efforts of a specialist possessing knowledge and skills to diagnose and simultaneously treating the physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, vocational and social aspects of chronic pain cost-effectively.
Interventional pain procedures can be performed with ease by pain physicians without anaesthesia as outpatient or daycare procedures and produce immediate pain relief.
The main advantages over medicine and surgery are that they do not have side effects like medicines and are suitable for surgically unfit and debilitated patients.
These procedures can be repeated safely, if required. Surgeries for pain are now usually a last resort.
Dr Manjeet Singh, specialist - Anaesthesia, KIMS Oman Hospital, said, 'The ultimate goal is to provide relief and care to people suffering from pain.
'As the quality of life is restored, patients increase their self-esteem and live life as normal individuals. People with chronic pain should not suffer unnecessarily.
'They should consult a specialist. Sooner your pain is managed, better are the overall results.'
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