Simple Analgesia

Everyone experiences pain at some time. It might be the result of an injury, operation or a result of chronic degenerative changes to your body. Conditions like headache, infection, arthritis and other health problems can cause pain and, left unchecked, may interfere with your ability to sleep, work and enjoy life.

We have come a long way from the original ‘grin and bear it’ or ‘no pain, no gain’ approach. To help relieve or control your pain we recommend following this step-bystep approach that is the same for adults or children.

When you experience an injury cells of the immune system travel to the injured area to help it recover – this causes warmth, redness, swelling and pain. By using simple measures initially this may help to alleviate pain due to the inflammation. Steps you can take include resting the affected area, elevating and applying ice or application of a compression bandage to the injured area in an attempt to reduce swelling.

If these simple measures fail consider using over the counter pain relief medication available from your chemist or grocery store. For mild to moderate pain associated problems, such as back pain or headaches, simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen or aspirin are the best way to relieve the symptoms. It is important that you consider the potential side effects of any medications, especially pain relief medication, so you can weigh up the advantages of taking them against the disadvantages.

If you have allergies, chronic illness or are on any other medicines always check first before taking these medicines. The pharmacist can help in giving medication advice in these cases. If your pain persists or you are concerned call My Emergency Dr now to access the best possible healthcare from your own home.

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John Greenfield