What to do if you’re in pain right now

By on February 8, 2018


What to do if you’re in pain right now

What to do if you’re in pain right now

Here’s the next best thing you can do to ease your pain now that the codeine laws have been enforced.   

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The first day of February saw the removal of all codeine-based medication to prescription only, and we’ve officially had to say goodbye to the ol’ days where we could rock up to our local pharmacy and purchase some Panadeine Extra to help ease those agonising stomach cramps.

But what about the 80 per cent of Aussies who suffer from never-ending back pain, unpleasant cramps, and throbbing headaches and migraines regularly?

Two words: don’t stress.

While you may feel pressured to turn to self-diagnosis and management, Amcal Senior Pharmacist James Nevile, has some extremely helpful advice for pain sufferers who may be feeling anxious about the changes.

“Basic everyday tasks can be difficult for pain sufferers, but there are some activities that you can do which may help reduce the level of pain you’re in.

“However, if you do experience persistent pain, it is important to seek support from a GP or pharmacist to understand the spectrum of relief options available to you.”

Here are his top tips for helping relieve pain.

1. Consult an expert

“There is a misconception that codeine-based painkillers are the only effective solution for managing strong pain, but there are a number of pharmacy-only medicines that don’t require a prescription and are just as effective,” James explains.

“If you’re still trying to figure out what works best for you, visiting your GP or pharmacist for tailored advice might be the next step. Everyone’s pain is different so it’s important to seek support to understand more about your pain and find different pain relief techniques.”

2. Keep moving

“While getting up and moving may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, walking around the block or even around the house can help to relax your muscles. This gentle activity gets your muscles moving and your mind distracted, building muscular strength, lowering your stress levels and improving your overall mood.

“If you’re up for trying something new, practising Tai Chi is a great low impact exercise to relax the body and mind, and can be enjoyed with others.

3. Stay hydrated

“In many cases, minor ‘pressure’ headaches can be a result of dehydration. Especially being in the summer months, it’s important to maintain your water intake – on average, it’s recommended that you should consume between eight and 10 cups each day,” says James.

“Drinking this amount may seem like a lot but we need it to keep our bodies functioning at an optimum level – from regulating body temperature and increasing energy levels to loosening joints and preventing cramps.”

If you are concerned the changes to the codeine prescription regulations could affect your pain management and are looking for ways to ease your pain, consult your GP for advice.

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