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Q&A Forum: Virtual Reality for Pain Relief?

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Can virtual reality be used to treat lupus and lupus pain? Recent studies show optimistic results, so we asked our forum members on their thoughts!

Virtual reality has been used to encourage exercise, relieve boredom, train new skills, interact with others across the world, and just to have fun.

However, did you know that it can be used medically as a treatment?

For this month’s LupusCorner Q&A Forum, we asked our contributors to share their thoughts on virtual reality as a form of treatment for chronic pain! Let’s see what they had to say:

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Meggin

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Movement, meditation and a good attitude! The more I move, the less I hurt. I meditate on breath moving in and out and accepting that pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. When I do take anything orally, it’s valerian root and alternating Ibuprofen. Pain equals inflamation. If you can get the inflamation down/reduced you can reduce your pain.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

Opioids are his go-to. I can’t take them.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

Yes.
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Bees Knees

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

I take a very mild opioid twice daily for chronic pain and I take anti-inflammatories for any additional pain that arises. First and foremost though, I pray throughout the day for strength to handle the pain and I speak positive affirmations to myself, as well.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

My doctors suggested massage to me; which has been incredibly helpful, when I can afford it. They also suggested I purchase a TENS unit, which I did and it has helped for localized areas of pain. Other than that, they have suggested trying to get out of the house more often to go for short walks, which is nice when our weather allows. I find that it does help me to get my mind off the pain.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

Yes.

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Olivia

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Understand when I’m overdoing it and taking time to slow down, resting if joint pain is terrible. Activity, but not too much, careful eating, targeted medication or treatment aimed at different areas of symptoms overlapping with but not exactly caused by lupus ie. Treatment for chronic migraine, imitrex , peripheral neuropathy, and other lupus adjacent issue. Opiates were awful . They very slowly caused a terrible addiction 10 years ago. I stopped (not easy), I haven’t used opiates in ten years!

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

I have a few specialist . Rheumatologist usually encourages more activity. I was formally active and exercised. I haven’t at all.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

Yes.

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Bert

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Pain management doc, Tylenol, health diet, stay away from inflammatory foods, rest, say no when I cannot do something.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

Pain management doc, understand issue at hand & apply procedure s to handle.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

No.
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Noella Lew

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Acupuncture and medication.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

Medication.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

Yes.
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KymK

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Medication and Marijuana.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

Yes.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

Pharmaceutical.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

Yes.
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Anonymous Lupus Warrior

Chronic pain is notoriously difficult to treat with opioids, which don’t touch the root causes of the pain. How do you currently treat your chronic pain?

Gentle exercise, Tylenol.

Virtual Reality (VR) has a track record of helping patients combat and overcome pain and may have many other applications still being discovered. Would you try VR as a form of treatment for chronic pain?

No.

Treating chronic pain is a struggle. What treatment options has you doctor suggested?

None.

VR might work according to the gate theory of pain. The brain is capable of blocking out the perception of pain, or cause pain. Will you discuss VR as an option with your doctor?

No.

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