Chronic Pain? Never Give Up
As a pain physician, I see patients who are suffering terribly every day.
People who live in tremendous pain that never relents…day in and day out…sometimes lasting for years.
And as if the pain wasn’t enough—they often find themselves dealing with a myriad of other problems as well:
Weight issues and diabetes
You may be someone who finds themselves in this situation.
Life may feel overwhelming, as if the entire world is crashing down around you.
Your challenges may seem insurmountable.
Every day I see patients in my office, tearful, who confide to me that they feel so hopeless on most days.
I say this to many of my patients, and I want to say this to you now:
No matter how bad you feel like your situation may be…
Never give up.
And never give in to despair. Ever.
If you find yourself in this situation…I want you to know that you are not alone. At this moment, there are millions of people suffering from chronic pain around the world. And many of them are finding ways improve their condition right now.
There are also countless people out there who want to help you.
Many of them are trained medical professionals, such as physicians, physical therapists, nurses, and psychologists. But also, many of them are just friends, family, and other loved ones who want to see you do better.
You may feel alone…but I can assure you that you are not alone.
And I can guarantee you that the more you feel motivation to help yourself, the more enthusiastic others will be to help you.
I’ve seen countless patients in your situation, and I know how complex pain can be. I am not going to make any false promises and say that any one magic pill or injection will be able to bring you complete relief overnight.
If the pain has been persisting for years, it likely is not going to be that easy. There may be multiple sources of pain, as well as other medical issues you are dealing with.
But no matter where you are, or how disheartened you may feel, I can assure you that there is something that you can do to improve your situation.
For some people it may be discovering the right exercises and stretches for their body.
For others it may be adjusting ergonomics and body mechanics.
It may be seeking professional help for long-standing mental health issues like depression or post-traumatic stress.
It may be a certain procedure such as an injection or a spinal cord stimulator.
It may be finding the right dosage and type of nerve pain medication.
It may be trying out alternative treatments like acupuncture or yoga.
For most patients…it requires a combination of many of these things.
If you try one treatment, and it doesn’t yield much benefit for you, don’t be afraid to try another. Overcoming chronic pain is a process, and rarely an instant fix. Develop a close relationship with your doctors and therapists and work together to find a way.
I want you to know that you are so much more than just your pain and your body. Every day I have patients who astound me with their strength and perseverance in the face of enormous struggle. The human spirit is truly limitless in its power and potential.
Though you may not feel like it on many days, know that you have a strength within you far greater than you realize. Your life is valuable and precious beyond measure…never give up on it.
Thank you so much for reading. I absolutely commend you for taking the time and effort to educate yourself about your pain.
As a physician, I believe it is so crucial to take a proactive approach to your health. I know that your dedication will pay off over time.
Until Next Time,
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Dr. Jonathan S. Chu is a physician who specializes in Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and is the founder of 360 Pain Academy.
Dr. Chu earned his medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine / Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Afterwards, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center. Next, he pursued residency training in the field of PM&R at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center Combined Program. He went on to fulfill a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, where he learned advanced procedures for the treatment of pain from renowned leaders in the field.
He is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.