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Optimize Your Pain Regimen

While pain medications are certainly not the whole answer, an optimal pain regimen can work wonders in helping you be able to exercise. So if your current pain medications aren't working well for you, or if they are causing intolerable side effects, ask your healthcare provider about other options. This is especially important for people who have been on the same pain medications for years or even decades. 
 
Understand that the pain medications of today are not necessarily the pain medications of the past. While some of the old "tried and true" options (like morphine) will always be a valuable part of the arsenal against pain, newer options can provide real pain relief, sometimes with fewer side effects or less abuse potential.
 
The best way to maximize your medications is to have a candid conversation with your healthcare provider. Explain your fears (perhaps you are afraid of becoming addicted to opioids), your expectations (perhaps you'd like to be able go swimming without extreme pain), and your past experiences with pain medications (perhaps you hate that "opioid daze" that narcotics can cause).
 

Consider Pre-Medication

What can you do if your favorite type of exercise is simply too painful? First, check with your healthcare provider to make sure that continuing the exercise is safe; then ask about pre-medication (taking a pain medication ahead of time to help avoid the pain). This strategy is often employed by physical therapists to help people get through the painful process of physical therapy.
 
Sometimes a pre-medication is just an extra dose of your usual pain medication (careful, though, as extra doses may not be safe), and sometimes pre-medication is a separate type of medication that you'll use just in this situation. Always check with your healthcare provider before using a pre-medication strategy.
 
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