Managing pain on the go: What to do when it flares up

Pain sufferers don't always have the chance to see a doctor while on the go. In some cases, the best thing you can do is try to manage the feelings until you are able to see a professional. There are two important things you may need to do to take steps toward a better management strategy for your everyday pain: assess and mitigate. Neither of these will replace medical help, but they can be a way to handle pain while you're away from help.

Make a difference between sudden and recurring pain, and try to identify exactly where in your body it come from. Don't dismiss pain that doesn't seem to come directly from the back, since back pain can be tied to other conditions.

Adjusting your lifestyle, diet and method of sitting during the day can have repercussions later on. If the pain goes away, you can stay aware in case it returns, and if it doesn't, you can try repositioning yourself to to understand it better.

When pain persists, it's natural to turn to medications. A doctor is the only way to know for sure what the right treatment is, even when you're considering over-the-counter drugs. If severe pain flares up during your daily life, it may be a sign to consult someone as soon as you can. Some common medications, particularly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can conflict with existing medicine you take or conditions you have.

Whatever decision you make, talking to a chiropractor should leave you feeling better about your body. Professionals can help you finally realize if you have a serious condition and what to do about it to address it. That way, traveling doesn't have to be daunting and you can plan future trips without fear.