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How To Manage Post-Operative Pain

Acute postoperative pain is a common issue faced by patients - 20% of these patients suffer from excessive pain 24 hours after the surgery that eventually and gradually declines. The pain is associated with the wear and tear your body has gone through, and cannot be avoided at any coast. However, there are ways you can manage postoperative pain. To help you out, we have listed down a few ways you can manage postoperative pain.


How To Manage Postoperative Pain

Planning - getting ahead can help you prepare for the pain that is coming your way. It's best to get ahead and take medication when the pain starts to kick in, rather than waiting for a point where it becomes unbearable. Keep in mind that medication takes time to make its way through your system, and be absorbed to offer relief. It is not a magic pill that will help you feel better at a moment's notice. 


Non-Prescription Medication - it is unnecessary to take the medication prescribed to help you deal with pain. With your doctor's approval, you can choose an over the counter medication that is known to offer positive results. There are times when you find a medication that sits well in your system, take advantage of your knowledge, and use a medicine that you know will help ease the pain. 


Sleeping - sleeping after treatment can help you keep pain at bay as there is no other way to control pain than to sleep through it. With adequate sleep, you can improve your ability to deal with pain, boost the recovery process, and can even reduce the impact of pain. When you are sleeping, your body works through a natural healing process that works wonders. 


Increasing Physical Activity - slowly, you must work towards moving around and getting things done. Staying in bed for days can stiffen your muscles and joints, causing more pain than necessary. Moreover, when you increase your physical activity, you boost blood flow through your system, resulting in an efficient and effective recovery process. 


Normal Life - a few days or a week after your surgery, it's time to get back to your everyday life. While the progress depends on your surgery and condition, but we suggest you start taking on small regular tasks that can easily be performed. Getting some chores done can help you feel more normal and better grasp life. 


Manage Stress - postsurgery you will find yourself agitated, so it's good practice to take on different ways to manage your stress. Only by keeping your stress levels in check will you be able to keep up with a healthy healing process. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid physical stress after surgery, but there are ways you can keep your emotional stress in check. 


Avoid Aggression - while it's common to feel irritated after surgery, but you cannot let the irritation turn into aggression. During such a situation, you can avoid pain by taking precautions, when you know you will feel a certain amount of pain when you move around or get restless. It's best to keep yourself calm and contained. Following the doctor's orders can help you manage your pain in a way that passes naturally. 



Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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