Pain is a major problem that strips away the vitality of many Americans, Dr. Oz says. "Feeling beautiful, to a lot of people, is about avoiding pain," Dr. Oz says. Dr. Roizen, who is the head of the Pain Management Center at the Cleveland Clinic, offers insight into chronic pain and common pain management.
- How chronic pain develops: "Chronic pain sets up what we call a positive feedback loop, that is, a little more pain gets to be a little more pain and [builds] until it gets both chronic and worse, so you have to break the cycle at least every three weeks or else it builds and builds and gets permanently ensconced in your system so you will always have pain, so you have to break it," Dr. Roizen says.
- How to break the cycle of pain: "Don't be afraid of taking enough medicine, getting enough shots, doing whatever it takes to absolutely break the cycle periodically, so that you don't get this windup or positive feedback loop," Dr. Roizen says.
- Back pain: Back pain, especially lower back pain, is very common, and Dr. Roizen says medication, injections, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care are helpful when recovering from it. Also, he says putting ice on your back for 20 minutes at a time, three times a day, cools the inflammation in your back and brings blood flow to the painful spot and helps quicken recovery too.
- Stay active: Dr. Roizen says when you are inactive, you lose muscle mass and that means it takes longer to recover from back and other pain.