What is Chronic Pain?

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Chronic pain is a condition that can be defined as pain that lasts for an extended period of time without remission. It can range from mild and merely irritating all the way to excruciating—to the point that it reduces mobility and the quality of life of the patient. It can be a recurring issue or a permanent one. If you are currently suffering from the effects of chronic pain, it is recommended that you notify a pain management doctor as soon as possible to establish a treatment plan.

What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Chronic Pain?

The most common symptoms of chronic pain include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain, whether mild or severe, that never goes completely goes away
  • Pain that is described as shooting, burning, or stabbing
  • Pain that is associated with feelings of acute tightness, restriction of movement, soreness, and mild to extreme discomfort

Which Symptoms Accompany Chronic Pain?

It should be noted that chronic pain is not a symptom that exists in isolation. There are usually a number of additional symptoms that occur in tandem with chronic pain. These symptoms could include, but are not limited to:

  • Prolonged inability to get to sleep
  • Irritability, fear, depression, or loss of hope due to recurring pain
  • Extreme fatigue caused by lack of the ability to properly rest
  • Restrictions of or complete lack of mobility
  • Constant mood changes or radical mood swings
  • Severe weakening of the immune system caused by lack of rest

Finding Relief

Chronic pain could be due to any number of causes. Some of the most common causes include headache, pain in the joints, muscles, or back, injuries caused by participation in sports, and injuries received during the course of a workplace or automobile accident. There are a number of conditions, such as neuralgia or nerve pain, that can develop into chronic pain.
A qualified physician can prescribe a course of treatment, including such elements as prescription medication or a course of physical therapy, that can greatly alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition. If you are suffering from chronic pain, alert your physician immediately so that they can begin to treat this issue.

Posted on behalf of Allied Pain & Spine Institute