Pain Management and COVID19: What You Should Know

COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic. It’s crucial to stay connected to up-to-date information about how issues concerning this novel coronavirus may affect you.

Individuals with chronic pain are at an increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19. It’s especially important to do everything possible to limit your risk of becoming infected by COVID-19 if you have chronic pain.

At Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, we understand the impact of COVID-19 on patients with chronic pain. Our pain management specialists want to help you limit your risk of getting COVID-19 and continue to manage your pain during this unprecedented time. Here’s what you should know.

Chronic pain and the immune system

Chronic pain impacts the immune system. What’s more, many patients dealing with chronic pain are prescribed medications that lower inflammation and suppress the immune system. These factors increase your risk of getting COVID-19.

Because of this, doctors recommend that people with chronic pain reduce their risk of exposure. As the Carolinas gradually transition through reopening phases and restrictions are lifted, our experts recommend that those with chronic pain continue to shelter in place and to practice social distancing when you must leave your home.

People with chronic pain are among the vulnerable population with a higher risk of getting COVID-19. While washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water and staying at least 6 feet away from people in public can help decrease your chances of contracting COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself.

Risk for serious complications

Individuals with chronic pain who become infected with COVID-19 are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the virus, including:

Managing pain amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Results of a survey published in April 2020 found that over 60% individuals with pain reported experiencing increased pain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s an intimate relationship between chronic pain and stress. Many people with chronic pain count stress as a major trigger for their symptoms. Not only can stress trigger pain, but it can also make pain worse. This may explain why individuals with chronic pain report increased pain during this stressful and unprecedented time.

Taking extra care to manage your stress may balance the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and improve your pain symptoms. Some stress-relieving activities you can do at home include:

At Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, we provide comprehensive, whole-body pain management support. Our team includes a psychiatrist and psychologist to provide counseling and help you better manage your stress and your pain.

Continued access to care

Any lapse in treatment can cause your pain to become significantly worse. The experts at Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain are here to provide continued care and help you maintain your pain treatment so your pain is manageable and you feel comfortable.

We’re taking extra precautions to keep our patients and our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re facing challenges managing your pain, we can help.

Continuing to take your medications as prescribed, staying on top of stress, and sticking to your treatment plan can help prevent flare-ups.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, contact the office nearest you. We have several clinics located throughout North and South Carolina.

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