“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”― Chuck Palahniuk
What is Chronic Pain?
From severe to a minor you often suffer the pain due to any internal or external physical injury that is possibly cured after taking some treatment. However, some pains persist over time. Such pain that persists from 3-6-week even if the injury has recovered is known as the chronic pain. In chronic pain, you may suffer for weeks, months, and even years. It provokes an area from time to time and keeps causing physical and mental damage. Chronic pain does not necessarily starts with an injury. Sometimes it begins without any apparent cause. While chronic pain can be treated by developing some understanding and taking effective treatment steps to get rid of it.
Causes of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can result from diverse reasons and in different areas of the body. They can also result from no apparent reason or injury. Some of the most commonly identified causes of chronic pain are mentioned below:
- Any previous operation and past injury may cause chronic pain.
- Back and head problems such as migraines and spinal cord damage
- Nerve damage
- Psychological stress
All the above mentioned things are the reason that can be a root cause to chronic pain. When an injury or body damage is not treated properly on time, it has a future risk to turn into horrible outcomes like chronic pain.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain occurs on and off as on some days it occurs or somedays you may feel relief. It can be severe to mild and the other symptoms may include
- Unreasonable tiredness all the time
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Lack of appetite and energy
- Inability to focus
- Mood swings.
- Restless in your legs
- Muscles stiffing
- Muscles soreness
- Muscles stinging
- Muscles aching
Treatment for chronic pain
There are several options available for the treatment of chronic pain. However it is advised to visit a heath care practitioner to decide which option is best for you. Some of the most effective methods for treatment are given below:
- Psychological Medication
Persistent aching or burning can be enough to turn a healthy person into a depressive, dull, and anxious one. This energy derived mood can enhance the intensity of that chronic pain, so that’s how the cycle between pain and emotions run in a loop. The psychological medication such as antidepressants can be prescribed by the clinician to hold on to your persistent aching or pain which will help you to calm down both mental stress and pain. Some other medications or therapies can be done if there is no organic source of pain and source is suspected to be a psychological one.
- Visit specialist
No matter on which part of your body you’re feeling pain in, there must be a specialized clinician to handle them well. The best way to get treated properly is to seek out the specialist, who understands your case well. They will be able to provide you with the right treatment which may include the medicines after running tests to diagnose the reason behind the pain.
- Physical Therapies
When it comes to treating chronic pain the psychical therapies are always a safe way to cure the pain. Many physical therapy centers offer treatments including relaxation therapy, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation etc. under the monitoring of specialists with a regular schedule.
- Surgical Implant
The relief can be stimulated in chronic pain through implanting the medicine in body through injections and pumps to spinal cord to control the stimulation of the pain signals sent by the brain. Similarly, injections are injected into tender areas to relieve the pain. This option is usually considered under very severe conditions.