Pain Management / Autoimmune Health
Pain Management & Auto-immune health:
Pain management is an interdisciplinary method of easing the suffering, of people with chronic pain. This team comprises of medical practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists, physician assistants and massage therapists. A collaboration of such a unit brings about noticeable results in the appropriate management of chronic pain. There are two major approaches to pain management:
- Medicinal approach- an injury is treated using medicines and then it is followed by pathological treatment for faster recovery.
- Pharmacological measures: If the injury shows resistance to therapeutic approach then pharmacological means are used. These steps apply analgesics and anti-depressants. It also uses physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
There are several probing questions asked to provide an efficient solution.
Like every management technique, Pain management has its own merits and demerits. Communication is the most common gap that is observed between a health care advisor and a patient.
The adverse effects could be either the patient will be left undertreated, or they may experience side effects. Pain is the medium through which our body tells us that it’s experiencing a problem. Most of the times, pain heals inappropriate pain management.
There are some physical and psychological approaches to pain management.
Physical approaches are- TENS, Acupuncture, Light Therapy
Psychological approaches- Cognitive behavioral therapy, Hypnosis and mindfulness meditation.
Depending on the severity of the pain there is a wide range of medication available.
Our immune system defends our body against diseases. In this condition, the body of an organism doesn’t recognize it’s own parts and considers it as non-self. An aberrant immune response that causes a disease, such diseases are called Auto-immune diseases.
There are many auto-immune diseases like-
- Type 1 diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
The genes concerning immunity are related to T-cells receptors, Immunoglobulin, and major histocompatibility complexes.
Auto-immunity and Nutrition:
There are several modes available to help your body in looking after its auto-immune health.
- Vitamin D: T and B cells have receptors for Vitamin D. If you maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D in your body, it helps you to keep the immunity in your body.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Arachidonic acids trigger symptoms for auto-immune diseases. Omega-3 counterattacks the effects of this acid.
- Microflora: Lactobacillus casein is a microflora present in dairy products is known for regulating immunity.
Auto-immune diseases are those where the body starts treating your healthy cells as foreign bodies and starts attacking them. There are means to resolve the symptoms, but an absolute cure is not found for them.
Auto-immune diseases can be treated using medical interventions and alternative therapies.
Medical interventions include physical therapy, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, blood transfusion, hormone replacement therapy and immunosuppressive medication.
Alternative therapies include hypnosis, acupuncture, and herbal medications.
There are some useful steps one can undertake to reduce the symptoms of auto-immune diseases, and they are as follows:
- Quit smoking
- Limit exposure to sun
- Reduce stress level
- Take appropriate vitamin supplements
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
The tests conducted to diagnose auto-immune diseases are:
- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
- C-reactive Protein
- Anti-nuclear antibody tests
- Auto-antibody tests