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UNDERSTANDING MORE ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT

Almost everyone has suffered from pain at one point in their life. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong, which is why when an injury heals, you stop hurting. However, chronic pain is a different thing altogether. The pain keeps occurring for days, weeks, months, and even years when you don’t address the problem early enough. 

Any pain that doesn’t go away for more than three months is chronic. It can significantly impact your day-to-day life and affect your mental health. Thankfully, there are various chronic pain management options that you can work out with your doctor.

What causes chronic pain?

Normally, pain comes from various messages that your body sends through your nervous system. When one of your body parts is hurt, the injury turns on the pain sensors in that area. They travel from one nerve to another up to the brain. The brain processes the signal that you are injured and sends the message. The signal only stops when you address the cause of the pain, but the signs keep on firing even when you are healed.

 

For many people, chronic pain begins after a traumatic injury or another health condition. some of the chronic pain causes include:

  • Sports injuries.
  • Back problems.
  • Migraines.
  • Spinal infections.
  • Nerve problems.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Post-accident injuries and surgeries.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Other infections in the body.

Common types of chronic pain

  • Upper back pain.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Buttock pain.
  • Knee pain.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Hip pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Shoulder pain.
  • Arm pain.
  • Elbow pain.
  • Leg pain.
  • Wrist pain etc.

Symptoms of chronic pain

Chronic pain can manifest as a sharp burning pain in a specific area and range from mild to severe. In some cases, it lasts all day long, and in others, it comes and goes. Chronic pain can be in the form of different sensations, including:

  • Burning.
  • Throbbing.
  • Soreness. 
  • Stiffness.
  • Shooting.
  • Stinging.
  • Squeezing.
  • A dull ache etc

At times, chronic pain can manifest in the form of other symptoms such as a lack of energy, overall body weakness, trouble sleeping, mood changes, or feeling very tired.

At times, chronic pain can manifest in the form of other symptoms such as a lack of energy, overall body weakness, trouble sleeping, mood changes, or feeling very tired.

Chronic pain and mental health

As earlier mentioned, chronic pain not only affects your physical body but can also interfere with your capability to carry out day-to-day tasks and affect your mental health. It can lead to self-esteem issues, anger, frustration, anxiety, and even depression. The relationship between your pain and your emotions can create a cycle making the pain even worse. That is why you must seek professional chronic pain management that uses a holistic approach to alleviate pain. 

As earlier mentioned, chronic pain not only affects your physical body but can also interfere with your capability to carry out day-to-day tasks and affect your mental health. It can lead to self-esteem issues, anger, frustration, anxiety, and even depression. The relationship between your pain and your emotions can create a cycle making the pain even worse. That is why you must seek professional chronic pain management that uses a holistic approach to alleviate pain. 

Pain can also increase your stress levels interfering with your ability to sleep well. Lack of sleep makes the pain even worse. Some professional options for managing chronic pain include physical therapy, acupuncture, relaxation therapy, prescription medications, massage therapy, and lifestyle changes.

In conclusion

If you are hurt, and the pain doesn’t seem to be going away, you should seek professional medical help. The pain management specialist can address the root cause of the pain to prevent its long-term effects hence better mental health.