Learn more about chronic pain
Ways to cope, help, and find treatment for chronic pain
While not everyone with Myositis will experience chronic pain, it is estimated that roughly 40% do. A physician at Johns Hopkins Myositis Center told us that 50% of their patients present with muscle pain.
Some may experience chronic pain in association with overlap diseases such as Lupus, Sjogren’s, and/or Scleroderma. It can be hard to differentiate which illness is causing the pain, especially if you have Myositis and Fibromyalgia.
An important factor to note is that when treating pain, the goal is usually not to eliminate pain altogether unless possible. However, treatments can minimize the amount of pain patients experience.
For those with chronic pain, we have provided some helpful resources below.
"It is estimated that 40% of people with Myositis experience chronic muscle pain"
Chronic Pain Resources
Below you will find some helpful tips and articles on chronic pain
Chronic Pain Foundations & Organizations
Below are some chronic pain organizations and links to their respective web site’s
Patient Education about Pain
American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Past President, Perry G. Fine, MD shares information on pain and pain treatments in a 21-part video series.
The series covers a variety of topics on managing pain, but should not be used as medical advice.
Treatments for Pain
Chronic pain is usually treated by a Pain Management specialist who has specific knowledge and understanding about the complex ways pain affects our body and mind.
There are many medications available to treat pain including: NSAID’s, opioids, muscle relaxants, and others.
Aside from medications, there are other options your doctor may consider. These may include acupuncture, electrical stimulation, psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.
Why people stop taking narcotics
Narcotics are sometimes the only effective way to manage chronic pain. However, the severe constipation they cause may be a reason patients stop taking them.
Learn more about opioid induced constipation by watching the video.
Also, there are new medications on the market that can help reduce the constipation associated with narcotic medications.