What does chronic pain mean?

Persistent or chronic pain refers to pain that persists for more than 12 weeks, despite treatment or medication. It can also last for several months. The pain can persist even after an injury such as a fall or road accident, and it is often not obvious why.

This pain is not like the more severe acute pain, which can let you know your body has been injured. This kind of pain is usually short-term and will disappear as soon as your body heals.

Why is chronic pain so common?

An injury is the main trigger for chronic pain disorders. However, it’s not always easy to identify the trigger. This can make patients feel isolated and may lead them to lose their compassion and understanding from family members, friends and even doctors.

  • Injuries – About 20% of adult suffer from chronic pain. This can occur due to a musculoskeletal (bones, muscles or joints) injury. Sometimes, chronic pain syndrome can develop only after an injury occurs.
  • Chronic diseases and nerve system dysfunction – Sometimes chronic pain disorders can be linked to other conditions. While this might not make the situation any easier, it may help to understand why.
  • A lack of a trigger. There are many conditions in which there is no identifiable cause or trigger. In these cases, the main symptom, pain (rather that restricted movement such as back pain), is what causes the condition. These individuals may need to be diagnosed more complicated, as there are no investigations or tests that can help. It’s often a case of diagnosis by exclusion. This means that all possible causes have been ruled out and a medical judgment based upon the presenting symptoms has been made.

Some common examples of chronic pain are:

  • Frequent headaches
  • nerve damage pain
  • Low back pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • fibromyalgia pain
  • Post Whiplash Injury Syndrome
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

One way to describe pain is:

  • A dull ache
  • soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Stinging
  • Squeezing
  • throbbing
  • Burning
  • Shooting

Chronic pain sufferers often experience other symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping and mood swings. Chronic pain can often lead to depression, low self-esteem and anger. It is crucial to seek treatment for chronic pain to help manage the condition.

Chronic pain: Living with it

It is impossible to prevent chronic pain and you cannot control it. However, there are many treatment options that will reduce the amount and frequency of your pain and allow you to manage and control the condition.

Chronic pain treatment includes lifestyle changes and managing it. You need to get regular rest at night, stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and exercise moderately each day.

Chronic pain syndrome is exhausting. It can completely control your life. Therefore, it’s important to manage it well.

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Publited at Thu, 9 Sep 2021 11.31:59 +0000

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