23 Jun Pain and Anguish
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There are many forms of pain and levels of discomfort a person suffers during their lifetime. The more this pain is managed, the better the demeanor of the person. Let’s face it, when you are in pain, you aren’t in the best mood. That’s why having an understanding of the psychological and physical aspects of pain management is critical. In addition, having a post-military recovery plan can be extremely beneficial.
With pain, you never know how it’s going to impact you and when is it going to peak. You could be at work and get half way through the day, then suddenly you get a migraine. When you have a traumatic brain injury, most of the time you’re dealing with discomfort that is most likely never going go way completely. Of course, you can try to alleviate the pain with medication, but you’re only masking the problem.
So what is a person to do? Having a plan of action with your doctor can help, but realizing what you’re facing is essential. Sometimes it may take a while to balance out the alternatives and to properly diagnose the impacts of having a traumatic experience – physically and/or mentally. For example, does physical therapy help or does chiropractic care work better? Unfortunately, it’s a trial and error process. Here are some steps to help.
7 Steps to help Deal with Pain and Anguish
- Evaluate your situation upon leaving the military.
- Talk to friends, family or other veterans who may be going through similar experiences about your feelings, pain and any concerns you may have.
- Talk to a doctor or clinical physician who specializes in veteran care.
- Attend veteran-based groups to observe how others are dealing with post-military life.
- Develop strategies to cope with and overcome obstacles.
- Research the effects any medications may have on your mood or overall health, good or bad.
- Set up an action plan for how you will get through this period.
There are many ways to move beyond the difficulties. Sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself is probably not the best idea, and the more inactive you are, the harder it’s to break the cycle during recovery. You can go beyond anything you can imagine at this point. It’s all about having a positive attitude and believing in the fight ahead. Life’s not easy, but when you persevere, you can overcome anything!