Health & Safety

February 28, 2014

AFMC promotes chronic pain management awareness

Greg Chadwick
AFMC Wellness Support Center

During the month of March, Air Force Materiel Command will promote Chronic Pain Management Awareness. Chronic pain is American’s biggest health problem. It affects more individuals than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months, or pain that continues when it should not. Examples would include: arthritis, cancer, and low back pain. Chronic pain can adversely affect an individual’s well-being, and may cause emotional distress with thoughts of fear, despair, and hopelessness.

It is important to see a physician as soon as possible when suffering from chronic pain because†the condition could worsen if left untreated. The primary goal of pain management is to reduce any disability caused by the pain. Treatment can be divided into three categories:

  • Physical (e.g. physical therapy)
  • Psychological (e.g. relaxation methods)
  • Pharmacological (i.e. medicines)

The treatment of persistent pain may involve one, two or all three of these categories. The use of pain relievers and other medications are the most common methods of treatment.

While medications can help relieve symptoms, there is a risk for some patients to develop dependency or other serious side effects due to misuse or abuse. Prolonged use of opioid (narcotic) pain medications such as oxycodone (OxyContinÆ), and hydromorphone (DilaudidÆ) increase the possibility of adverse reactions including: gastrointestinal distress, internal organ problems, sexual dysfunction, and endocrine problems.

A life threatening side effect is respiratory depression.

“More people die from overdoses of prescription opioids than from all other drugs combined, including heroin and cocaine,” said Steven Callon, Air Force Materiel Command Drug Demand Reduction Manager.

If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug dependency or misuse, assistance is available. Civilian employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program for free, confidential counseling services at (800) 222-0364 or visit the EAP website at www.foh4you.com.

Active-duty personnel can contact their local installation Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (ADAPT), or Primary Care Manager. Military OneSource is another option for military members, spouses, and dependents. For more information, call (800) 342-9647 or visit www.militaryonesource.com.

Civilian Health Promotion Services will be offering classes on chronic pain management during the month of March. Attendees of the class will receive a self-care handbook on managing pain. For more information on class times and location, contact your local CHPS team or visit www.AFMCwellness.com.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- Less than one percent of today’s U.S. population has ever served in the military, and that one percent has carried the weight of America’s longest military engagement. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a recent book that “for too long too many of us have paid scant attention to the commitment of the brave few...
 
 

News Briefs May 29, 2015

SAPR annual training The next SAPR annual training class, “Respect the Red Line,” is 2 p.m., June 1 at 2.p.m. at the base theater. This training is mandatory for all active duty personnel and DOD civilians. Plan ono arriving early as everyone must sign-in to get credit. Unit training managers will be responsible for tracking...
 
 
base-lab1

For good measure, base precision lab passes biannual evaluation

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, presents the biannual Air Force Metrology and Calibration Laboratory Evaluation certificate to Daniel Tibayan, Test Measurement ...
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay

F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay An F-16 from the 416th Flight Test Squadron parked at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during a Red Flag exercise in 2012. Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently ...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

YF-22A brings in $25,000 for museum move

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Bechtel Corporation presented a check for $25,000 to the Flight Test Historical Foundation at the Air Force Flight Test Museum May 21 to sponsor the YF-22A. (Left to right) Dr. David Smith,...
 
 
historian1

Edwards historian awarded for study of deployed flight test

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Dr. Stephanie Smith received the Robert F. Futrell Award for Excellence in historical publications for her special study, “Deployed Flight Test of the Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SLX (C...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>