Pain Management and COVID-19: What You Should Know

COVID-19 causes at least three challenges to patients living with chronic pain conditions — and this could change as we learn more about the virus every day. First, your condition could make you more susceptive to the virus. Second, if you get the virus, it could intensify your pain. And third, with "nonessential" appointments canceled for the time being, you might struggle to access the treatments and medications that manage your pain. 

At Spine & Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida, Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our board-certified pain management specialist, wants to help you stay healthy and pain free. Let's review what you need to know about pain management and COVID-19. 

You might have an increased risk

Many patients with chronic pain are immunocompromised, which means that your immune system is weak or not functioning at full strength because of a disease or medication. If you're immunocompromised, you're less equipped to fight off illnesses and more likely to get sick. 

For example, long-term opioid therapy and steroid use can cause immunosuppression. Additionally, many chronic pain patients are elderly or have other illnesses that are common risk factors for contracting COVID-19. 

COVID-19 can make your pain worse

In addition to respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath and a cough, COVID19 causes aches and pains. The virus can exacerbate your pain if you're already living with a chronic pain condition, especially if your pain is based in your muscles and bones. If your arthritis, neuropathy, or fibromyalgia feels worse than usual or you're experiencing a flare-up of your symptoms, give us a call for personalized care and support. 

Getting to your appointments feels harder right now

Many physicians have either suspended or limited their operations to help keep you and their team safe. You might also choose to stay at home to keep you and your family healthy. While it may help limit the spread of the virus, socially distanced medicine can be frustrating if you rely on medication or physical therapy and other hands-on treatments to manage your pain. 

You might also have trouble getting your prescriptions, as many pharmacies have limited hours and stock. Many patients have had difficulty getting opioids and other prescribed pain medication.

We can help

Dr. Jassal and our team have been doing our best to see patients via telemedicine and limited in-office appointments here at the Spine & Pain Institute of Florida. If you have questions or concerns about your condition or treatment, don't hesitate to reach out. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to help.

Protect your health

Whether or not you have a chronic pain condition, make sure to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect yourself from COVID-19. Follow social distancing protocols by staying at least 6 feet away from other people. Wear a face mask and wash your hands frequently.

Remember, we're all in this together, and our team can help you manage your pain throughout the pandemic. Give our office a call or make an appointment online today for personalized treatment and advice.

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