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How to Live with Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain usually means that parts or your body are hurting for long periods of time. If it initially came from an injury, the injury may heal but the pain would remain. Some scientists have indicated that chronic pain is the one that lasts for six months or longer since it initiated. It is often very hard to treat.

Chronic pain may emerge from the body. Like any health problem, it affects your normal life routine, so it is very important to understand how to best deal with it.  A few issues to keep in mind are indicated next

Leading causes of chronic pain

Any illness could give rise to chronic pain!  Congenital diseases, inflamed tissues or damage of the nervous system can be main sources of acute pain. They can be due to past surgeries and/or infections.

Health conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia (aching of muscles and/or bones) can also cause chronic pain.

Some people can experience constant headaches and/or migraines. Low back pains can also be manifestations of this problem. Basically, aching can originate from past wounds, but the main problem is that it remains after the wound is healed.

What are the most typical symptoms of chronic pain?

Typical symptoms of chronic pain may include: a feeling of discomfort which could go from moderate to acute aching in a specific body part, pulsating or ardent sensations, slight to sharp prickling or hardness. There are many other symptoms and they all relate to permanent hurting in specific or all body parts.

How can chronic pain affect the physical and psychological state of an individual?

Chronic pain can have psychological consequences such as changes of character, sudden sadness, sleep disturbances and/or lack of appetite.  People with chronic pain tend to be depressed and anxious. They can also feel a permanent laxity which could lead to a reduction of their level of activity.

The person´s physical and mental state can be affected. Several psychological problems may arise which should be consulted with specialists. Patient resilience and support of family and friends will allow for better life conditions.

What type of treatment can be more successful?

Usually doctors tend to recommend pain relievers, anticonvulsants and / or opioids. They can also prescribe anti-depressants to deal with connections between pain, emotions and feelings.

Medical treatment of underlying health condition is of utmost importance. However, for some specialists, chronic pain is a condition of its own that requires specific medical treatment to improve patient´s physical and psychological well-being.

In this context, performing psychological therapy techniques as well as doing regular exercise, such as walking or swimming, are expected to help in pain control.

Integrated medical consultation with specialists of various disciplines should help patients deal with problems such as anxiety and lack of sleep and generally improve their quality of life.

Handling several critical aspects of chronic pain with an approach to have an adjusted and normal life is the most advisable way to deal with it!

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