About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.
With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on the victim.
The most common sources of pain stem from OSTEO ARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, REYNAUD’S SYNDROME, FIBROMYALGIA, LOWER BACK PAIN, SCIATICA, and GENERALIZED NERVE AND MUSCLE PAIN. While these seem to be the most common sources of chronic pain there are many, many other causes causing suffering to millions of victims.
The symptoms of chronic pain include:
- Mild to severe pain that does not go away
- Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical
- Feelings of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
Other problems associated with chronic pain include:
- Withdrawal from society
- Weakened immune system
- Changes in mood including fear, hopelessness, depression, irritability, anxiety and disability
The emotional toll of chronic pain may make pain worse. These emotions interact in complex ways and may decrease the body’s production of natural pain killers. These emotions may also increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain thus causing a vicious cycle of pain. There is also considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the body’s immune system.
My hope is that over the next months this blog will provide methods, tools, and techniques that will assist you in dealing with chronic pain. It should be noted, however, that any information provided should not be looked upon as a cure or treatment for any condition or as a substitute for necessary consultations with a qualified health care professional. Always consult with a with a medical professional with questions or concerns regarding your medical condition.