Every person experiences occasional aches and pains. Unexpected pain is an important feedback of the nervous system that helps you to potential injury. If an injury befalls, the pain signal goes through the affected part up towards your spinal cord and your brain.
Chronic Pain is different from typical pain. Your body continues to send pain signals to your brain with chronic pain even after an injury heals. Chronic Pain can limit your mobility and lessen your strength, flexibility, and endurance. This may make it challenging to get through daily tasks and activities.
Causes of Chronic Pain
Occasionally, Chronic Pain may start without any noticeable cause. For several people, it begins after an injury or certain health conditions. Some of the leading causes include:
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain can range from mild to severe which may continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:
If you are experiencing chronic pain, the stress may affect the body which produces physical conditions such as:
Chronic pain also causes emotional effects such as:
Symptoms vary from the pain you may be experiencing. Your healthcare provider will work with you to find safe and effective pain relief based on the symptoms you have.
Risk Factors of Chronic Pain
There are three major categories of risk factors for chronic pain:
Physical Risk Factor
Psychological Risk Factors
Lifestyle Risk Factors
Treating Chronic Pain
Knowing that chronic pain is a problem is the first step in finding treatment. Start by talking to your doctor about the symptoms of chronic pain. Together you can recognize the cause of the pain and come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle and overall health. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are often used to manage pain. Conversely, for several people, a combination of treatments is most effective. Medications may be combined with:
Medications for Chronic Pain
Several types of medications are available that can help treat choric pain:
Non-prescription Pain Relievers
Opioid Pain Relievers