•Pain is a common occurrence in day to day life and should be managed well.
•Remember the word ‘ICE’ which means putting ice pack on the injured painful area, ‘C’ stands for compression and ‘E’ stands for elevation.
•The mantra, therefore, is to use cold compression and elevation for any injury.
•Alternate hot and cold packs are used for chronic pain.
•Painkillers should not be taken without a doctor’s advice.
•If a painkiller has to be taken, it should one tablet of paracetamol.
•People who take alcohol should not consume paracetamol without asking their doctor.
•In patients with kidney disease, even one tablet of painkiller can precipitate kidney failure.
•In patients with acid peptic disease, one tablet of painkiller can precipitate gastric bleeding.
•Instead of taking a painkiller, look for alternative methods to relieve pain.
•Pain relieving ointments are better than oral painkillers.
•In hospital setting, intravenous and intramuscular injectable painkillers are available.
•Always tell your doctor that you are taking painkillers.
•There are effective pain management therapies available in homeopathy and Ayurveda.
•Always contact your doctor if the pain is uneasy, unexplainable or appears for the first time in life.

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