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Understanding Chronic Pain

We’ve all experienced some form of acute pain in our lives. A twisted ankle, a bump on the head. All of these experiences were your body’s way of telling you that you needed to address something quickly. But chronic pain is far more problematic and lasting. Chronic pain can last for months or years if it’s not addressed and can be in response to an injury, or a symptom of a larger health issue.

We’ve all experienced some form of acute pain in our lives. A twisted ankle, a bump on the head. All of these experiences were your body’s way of telling you that you needed to address something quickly. But chronic pain is far more problematic and lasting. Chronic pain can last for months or years if it’s not addressed and can be in response to an injury, or a symptom of a larger health issue.

Your chronic pain may be constant throughout the day or could come in waves at certain points or in response to certain motions, activities, or for no reason at all.

The Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is usually a part of a lasting illness. Some common causes of this kind of pain include:

  • Sciatica
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Neuropathy

The Symptoms of Chronic Pain

As we all know, pain can manifest in a variety of ways, often in response to what’s causing the pain. Your chronic pain might feel like:

  • A burning pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Sore or stiffness
  • Prickly or tingly
  • Dull or throbbing pain
  • Aching pain
Chronic Wrist Pain

When You Should Seek Treatment For Chronic Pain

Living a life with pain can keep you from the things that matter most to you. Typically, it’s suggested that you arrange an appointment with your doctor if you’ve felt a persistent pain for more than 12 weeks. If the pain doesn’t subside or cannot be explained, it’s a good idea to seek help.

Chronic knee Pain

Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

The best way to treat your chronic pain is to address the problem that’s causing it. Generally, those with chronic pain are prescribed a painkiller or muscle relaxant. In other cases, anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids might be used to treat the underlying condition. But chronic pain doesn’t always require medication. Some are able to manage their symptoms using massage, physical therapy, chiropractic work, or psychotherapy. A combination of these treatments might also be used.

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