As we age, chronic pain becomes a part of some of our lives. Many of my clients suffer from arthritis, knee or hip pain or general aches and pains. One client came to the point where although she was taking pain medications, pain began to interrupt her sleep. After a visit to her physician who had been monitoring her medications for quite some time, a pain management specialist was recommended. In the interim she was given a sleep aid so that at least until the appointment she would sleep through the night. The pain management specialist was able to review her entire list of medications and along with a blood and some other tests made some changes that not only alleviated the constant pain, but improved her ability to sleep and decreased the number of medications she was taking. The appointment was a win-win for all involved. If you suffer from chronic pain and your regular medications aren’t addressing the issue, ask your physician for a referral to a pain management specialist. There may be a way to improve your quality of life by reducing or managing the daily pain you experience.

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