Discussion with the GP or consultant is important when experiencing pain. Where the drug regime prescribed does not have beneficial results this should be reported. Often the drug dosage may simply require alteration.
When one drug does not work the physician may prescribe something different.
Over-the-counter drugs should be avoided when taking prescribed medicines as used in the treatment of vasculitis. Advice is available from the pharmacist.
For mild to moderate pain paracetamol and rest, at the onset of the pain, are recommended. Fear, anxiety and stress can exacerbate pain.
Simple relaxing techniques can be beneficial. For severe pain the GP or consultant may recommend referral to a Pain Management Centre.
Managing Chronic Pain
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) writes guidelines which give advice for healthcare professionals, patients and carers about the best treatments that are available. These guidelines are written by working with healthcare professionals, other NHS staff, patients, carers and members of the public. The guidelines are based on the most up-to-date scientific evidence.
SIGN produced a booklet for patients and carers “Managing Chronic Pain” in December 2013. They have very kindly given Vasculitis UK permission to reproduce this excellent booklet.
The booklet contains information on: What is chronic pain? Those involved in patient care. How pain is assessed. What to do to help yourself. Medication available to manage pain. Physical therapies and other methods to help manage pain. The roles of complementary medicines and diet.