How to Manage Chronic Pain without Prescription Medication

How to Manage Chronic Pain without Prescription Medication

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people in the United States seek medical care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 20% of American adults deal with chronic pain. As we have learned more about the addictive nature of opioids, there’s increasing reason to avoid using prescriptions medications to control chronic pain. 

Dr. Kevin Jovanovic and Dr. Radoslav Jovanvic know that living with chronic pain can limit you personally, professionally, in your relationships — that it affects every facet of your life. We offer CBD hemp oil, which may help you manage your chronic pain, and frequently suggest other techniques for limiting the impact of pain on the rest of your life. 

Lifestyle changes

Chronic pain can limit your life, but when you make small changes such as embracing exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and lowering your stress, you can begin to take it back. All of these various things can work together to lower your pain levels. 

Exercise

Chronic pain can make you want to stay in bed, but that usually leads to a vicious cycle. As counterintuitive as it seems, getting moving can help with your pain. 

You probably shouldn’t start training for an Iron Man contest, but taking a 30-minute brisk walk might be helpful. If you can’t quite manage 30 minutes, start with 10, or 5. Begin by doing what you can, and increase until you’re at about 150 minutes of activity that raises your heart rate each week. 

Nutrition

Another change that may be helpful is to clean up your diet. Even if you’re not aiming to lose weight, eliminating processed foods may help you feel better. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats gives you energy and that can help you feel better overall. 

Stress

Learning to reduce your stress levels and release tension may be challenging, but it’s useful in combating chronic pain. Whether you choose to practice meditation, learn tai chi, enroll in a yoga class, or simply schedule time for things you especially enjoy, lowering your stress can also lower your pain. 

CBD hemp oil

Another option for people with chronic pain is CBD hemp oil. CBD oil is legal, and helps many people control their pain. There’s a problem, though, for many: how do you know which vendors and brands are trustworthy? 

It seems like there’s a CBD vendor on every street these days, but how can you know the quality is good or the product is safe? That’s one reason we offer CBD hemp oil. We want our patients to have access to a product that we’ve vetted and they can trust to be safe and of the highest quality.

CBD hemp oil isn’t addictive, and there are few risks in using it. If you’re interested in trying this method to manage your chronic pain, schedule an appointment to talk about it with Dr. Jovanovic. 

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