When you have a cold, it’s more than likely that you’ll suffer from a blocked nose, watery eyes and a general look of being unwell. Likewise, with a broken arm, it’s in a sling; jaundice gives your skin a yellow tinge and so on. What all of these illnesses have in common is that there is clear, visible evidence that someone is sick.
On the other hand, people suffering from invisible illnesses which cause chronic pain show no visible signs of their condition, and instead must rely on regular reporting on how they’re feeling, leaving many to worry that their symptoms won’t always be believed by medical professionals.
Like any long-term illness, living with an ‘invisible’ condition is a struggle, and can lead to the development of greater difficulties further down the line if they go unattended. But how can sufferers successfully live with chronic pain which they struggle to prove exists? The answer is a personalised pain recovery programme, and it’s a solution that’s changing lives right across the country.
What Are ‘Invisible Illnesses’?
If you’ve ever suffered from an invisible illness, you’re definitely not alone – such conditions affect thousands of people in the UK every year, and many of these individuals choose to suffer in silence rather than face doubt from others.
Invisible illnesses are chronic conditions lasting over three months, and which significantly impair quality of life for sufferers. Such illnesses include fibromyalgia, whereby individuals experience muscle pains, spasms and exhaustion. Surprisingly, fibromyalgia is more common than you might think, with 1 in 25 individuals affected in the UK. The reason it isn’t spoken about more is the anxiety those affected feel – will their family and friends understand? Will the doctor diagnose and treat the condition correctly or resort to ineffective pain management methods as opposed to removing the pain altogether?
Easy to Feel, Hard to Forget
Feelings of doubt, anxiety and hopelessness add an extra, emotional weight to the burden sufferers of invisible conditions feel – making the illness even more difficult to conquer. As you can gather, it’s not easy living with chronic pain that can’t always be explained, and individuals often find even the smallest of day-to-day tasks exhausting.
Although there are many methods of managing the pain on offer – such as painkiller prescriptions and counselling – these are mostly ineffective, and long-term consumption of pharmaceuticals brings with it additional risks. Besides, resorting to pain management as a means of scraping by almost certainly guarantees a lower quality of living compared to someone free from pain. That’s why instead of managing their pain, sufferers of invisible illnesses are instead turning to pain recovery programmes to help them regain their freedom from the illness.
All Gain from No Pain
Although it is still currently debated as to whether or not conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis have cures, there is no doubt that the pain itself can be treated, allowing for sufferers to live a full and happy life, unaffected by chronic pain. Pain recovery programmes do this by equipping sufferers with the tools, techniques and know-how to remove the pain completely, and to challenge the underlying causes and triggers of their conditions. The additional benefit from this is the ability to combat negative emotions and feelings head on, minimising the illness’ effect on their mental wellbeing.
Although the idea of a pain recovery programme may make some individuals anxious about the effort required, it really is an investment into their health which makes all the difference in the long-run, without the negative side-effects of constant medication.
The Healing Pain clinic is one such provider of pain recovery therapy. Based in Manchester, we’ve made it our duty to help patients to remove pain from their lives, giving them back their freedom.
How Does it Work?
Everybody experiences pain differently, and chronic pain from exhaustive conditions is no exception. That’s why we find it important to start each of our patient’s journey to recovery with a free consultation session. This is a chance for us to discuss a patient’s pain, the steps they need to take to recover and how we can work together to get there. Initially, we make use of a standardised model of pain recovery to identify where patients are in their pain journey, and personalise the action plan from there. This ensures a successful and tailored approach to patient recovery by considering how each individual differs from the next.
A patient’s pain therapist will then introduce them to a bespoke treatment plan. As most sufferers have already attempted short-term relief in the form of massage therapy, we instead employ more long-term techniques to ensure ongoing freedom from pain. Our plan includes only the most effective, up to date approaches – as well as highly effective techniques, such as desensitising nerve pathways and advice on practising mindfulness for a more complete life. By keeping up with the advancements in pain recovery research and techniques, we’re able to give our patients only the best tools for a pain-free life.