PAIN AND PARKINSON'S

January 17, 2018

The rescheduling of medicines containing codeine to prescription only as of 1 Feb this year has promoted this post. If you want more information about codeine see http://realrelief.org.au/.

 

Pain is commonly reported by people living with Parkinson's as a difficult issue to manage and one that impacts on the quality of their life. The types of pain experienced vary greatly from person to person both in the type and location of the pain and the intensity of symptoms.

 

For many muscle pain and cramps is a real issue although other types of pain can occur. It is worth considering that 1 in 5 people in the general community will experience pain and this rises to 1 in 3 after the age of 65 – so pain is common and in fact it is the most common reason for people seeking medical help in the general community.

 

Pain is a very complex condition and is not just a physical sensation. It is influenced by attitudes, beliefs, personality and social factors, and can affect emotional and mental well being.

 

In some cases pain can be difficult to treat but the good news is that it can be managed so that you can get on with your life.

 

How do I get the best treatment for pain? The starting point is to have a chat to your GP next time you visit about your pain and how you can manage it. It is useful if you keep some information on your pain so that your GP understands what is happening with your symptoms, consider keeping a pain diary for a few weeks that includes information about: where the pain is in your body; the type of pain; when you feel it and how often; and, whether it is worse at certain times of day or when you do certain activities. You may also have a discussion with a Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist, pharmacist or your neurologist about your pain.

 

Treatments for pain are not just limited to medications and for chronic pain you should consider a range of other treatments. These other treatments can include things like physiotherapy, massage, exercise, acupuncture and meditation/relaxation techniques. Your GP or specialist will be able to work with you to put in place a management plan for your pain.

 

For more information see the Pain and Parkinson’s Information sheet at https://goo.gl/2erkqH or call the Parkinson’s infoline on 1800 644 189.

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