Chronic pain is an severe pain that has occurred continuously after a person should have “healed.” Sometimes it’s considered untrueable and often healthcare providers can not identify why the patient is still experiencing pain. Pain is a subjective experience and it is only known by the individual that is experiencing it. Depending on some individuals this can affect their everyday life. In lecture there was a chart that asked people to identify their pain level this was able to heals categorize the level of which a person should be treated accordingly.
Culture illness experience is hard for people who are suffering from the pain. So, often others can not relate to them when they say they are having intense pain. Biomedicine influences illness experiences because some play the role of being “sick” so that they can receive pity from others, also they try to receive more medicine when it is not needed. So this can be an cause of the psychological aspect so many don’t believe them.
Treatment varies on the area that is affected also on what the individual is already taking for the chronic pain. This can be a positive, because it can soothe the pain for a while. However, sometimes people become dependent on the medicine and often become addicted. The most reasonable treatment could be the individual could try physical therapy, occupational therapy or even osteopathic manipulative medicine. These can decrease the pain without medicine being given.
In the lecture video explained that some placebos were effective on patients who wanted to have corrective surgery. When actually there was not one given, it was all psychological. They became better immediately afterwards. A placebo could be effective, but if the patient. Is still experiencing pain then they could harm themselves by taking more medicine suggested which could potentially kill them. Belief and healing correlate, if someone wants to get better they can. They have to have the right mindset in order to want to get better. Often if someone has a positive outlook they get better, vice versa. From my own experience during my monthly cycle, I usually try to wait it out until it’s unbearable or use a heating pad on my stomach. However, some women take birth control or midol. To surpress the pain, I try to stay healthly, hydrated and sleep well so that the pain won’t hurt as bad.