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Chronic Pain and Sunburns

The summer time is usually a favorite season for many people, enjoying outdoor activities and vacation time away from work—but for Chronic Pain sufferers, the risk of sun burn adds an extra stress factor in dealing with everyday pain management.

The threat of getting a sunburn can lead to a less active lifestyle, which doesn’t help with improving chronic pain conditions—but staying out of the sun is still a safe plan, especially since there are a few reasons why chronic pain sufferers may be more susceptible to getting burnt.

Those who deal with chronic pain, most likely have trouble moving due to pain. Staying in one place—especially outdoors—and not moving around puts you at more of a risk to become burnt. The risk factor also comes down to the medication that helps with chronic pain. Some anti-inflammatories are known to make your skin more sensitive to light, therefore increasing the risk of sun burn. While summer weather is a time for relaxation and stress relief, it is a different story for those who are suffering with chronic pain. Avoiding the sun, and not getting the relaxation desired can be a stressful experience for most, and stress can also add to chronic pain symptoms.

The best option is to be prepared. Cover up as much as possible while remaining comfortable when outdoors—Large brimmed hats, long sleeve clothing, and loose fitting pants are a good option to blocking out the sun, while remaining cool. Always wear a sunblock with an SPF 30 or more, and take breaks from being outdoors as much as possible.

Don’t let Chronic pain take away the joy that comes along with the summer season, take the time to get out and relax away the pain!

This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.

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