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Chronic Pain

The truth is, no one else can feel your pain. As a result, it can sometimes be hard for others to appreciate just how deeply chronic pain can affect the way you, or a loved one, feel and function. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, which typically lasts more than six months and can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional health and quality of life. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York can help you understand and control chronic pain so you can live the best life possible. 

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain persists for weeks, months, sometimes years, as pain signals remain active in the nervous system, causing the pain to take on a life of its own. There may have been an initial cause (an injury, like a strained back, or an illness, like shingles) or there may be an ongoing cause of pain (headaches, arthritis, or cancer); the pain can also develop for no apparent reason. Whatever the cause, the fallout can be substantial, leading to fatigue, sleeplessness, changes in mood and immune function, and other ill effects. 

Depending on whether the pain is mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, your doctor will suggest lifestyle modifications and prescribe medications, other treatments, and perhaps complementary medical therapies to reduce your pain. VNSNY can help you stick to your treatment plan so you can get the maximum help for the hurt—and resume your life.

How VNSNY Can Help

Our professional staff can help you follow your doctor’s recommendations and learn to manage chronic pain at home. Our services include:

  • Helping you to properly take medications and monitoring their effects
  • Helping you to make necessary lifestyle changes involving diet, exercise, stress management, or other factors
  • Developing strategies to help you cope with your condition

Contact

To learn more about how VNSNY can help you or a loved one manage chronic pain, contact us at 1-800-675-0391.