An Introduction to Chronic Pain

Figure Out the Nature of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has the ability to easily disrupt someone’s life. It decreases one’s functionality and changes their lifestyle completely. Unlike what was popularly believed in the past, chronic pain is not merely an indication of an underlying condition. Rather, it is now treated as a primary pathology, even in the event that an underlying condition is non-existent.

Chronic pain is an experience that is very specific to an individual.

The effect it has on a person and their lifestyle is dependent on their pain tolerance, circumstance, and emotional state. An important factor about chronic pain is that it can not be quantified or reasoned like other conditions. In other words, it cannot be evaluated via blood tests or imaging. Rather, it is all determined on comparison of your current functionality and past functionality.

Pain stems from various sources. Some common sources include arthritis, injuries, headaches, etc. Chronic pain can be additionally developed from muscle or nerve pain that has existed for a long period of time. Chronic pain can be developed overtime due to an ongoing problem. It can prevail due to a specific event or injury. Chronic pain can also be a result of aging and be prevalent without any bodily damage.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that exists for a long period of time, typically over a six month period.

Chronic pain itself can be constant or intermittent. It also ranges in severity. Despite this, chronic pain is considered long-term because the pain signals within the nervous system remain active for a prolonged period of time. Because of this, chronic pain affects a person both physically and emotionally.

With chronic pain, your lifestyle is heavily influenced. The drastic change in your life that you will undergo primarily due to your chronic pain will affect you emotionally. Such emotional symptoms include anxiety, depression, fatigue, frustration, and stress. These feelings in return only aggravate your pain, making your overall chronic pain experience even worse.

Additional symptoms that coincide with chronic pain include a shooting, burning, achy or stabbing sensation. This in return causes stiffness or soreness in that particular area of your body, leading to an overall state of discomfort. Pain can also disrupt your sleep cycle. The root cause of this can either be to your inability to fall asleep due to the emotional state you are in due to your chronic pain or because your pain disturbs you in the middle of the night. An irregular sleep cycle will only leave you restless throughout the rest of the day. Due to this, you will likely be fatigued and less apt to performing daily activities.

Overall, your health declines, including your immune system.

Since chronic pain has such a mental impact just as a physical impact, a treatment that takes into account your psyche as well as your physicality is the most ideal. To do so, on top of medication or physical therapy to reduce your pain, your doctor will recommend methods you can use to adjust to a more happier and comfortable lifestyle. Such changes will likely include healthy eating, exercise, and perhaps therapy or chronic pain support groups.

Chronic pain management is a long and arduous path. It cannot be completely treated, but it can be eased. In order to do so the best approach is a holistic treatment process. Your doctor’s primary goal will be to increase your functionality without making you fully reliant on your medication. By being open to different options, you will be able to find the most adequate treatment plan for you. Remember to exercise precaution when making drastic changes to your lifestyle while under the influence of chronic pain. Consult your doctor to verify your decisions are safe and well-catered to your lifestyle.

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