Accidents, surgeries, and degenerative conditions can all play a role in causing chronic pain. Alternately, it could begin with a sudden, severe (acute) pain that comes and goes in waves with increasingly brief lulls in between.
These are some of the potential causes of chronic pain:
Some chronic diseases, such as arthritis and degenerative disc disease, can develop with age. Osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, neuropathy, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and sciatica are all painful conditions.
It is possible to have chronic pain that is either minor or severe. The discomfort recurs frequently but subsides between outbursts.
The period between these remissions decreases as the severity of the condition increases, marking a transition from acute to chronic illness. Chronic pain can be of varying natures, such as:
By understanding how their patients experience discomfort, doctors are better able to make an accurate diagnosis.
The duration of remission from chronic pain varies from patient to patient and is directly related to the underlying reasons. These signs and symptoms may go away for a time, only to reemerge at a later age.
Attacks sometimes come with minor discomfort, throbbing, or burning sensation. However, there may be moments of relief after or between attacks. In addition to continuous pain, the patient may also feel sudden, intense pain lasting only a few seconds or minutes.
There is currently no remedy for chronic pain, unlike acute pain. With a doctor's guidance, there is a wide range of treatment options to choose from after a diagnosis has been made.
Surgery is often the last resort after all non-invasive treatments have been exhausted. The severity and frequency of attacks can be mitigated with the help of certain medications.
In cases of persistent pain or when using the other available drugs (NSAIDs) would cause too many unwanted side effects, surgery may be considered.
Pain can also be treated with percutaneous treatments. During these treatments, a needle is inserted into the skin with the aid of imaging guidance to help the surgeon know exactly where to insert it.
If you have side effects or ineffectiveness of your prescribed medication, consult with your doctor for advice and treatment options. To avoid allergies or to worsen the condition, it is important not to self-diagnose or self-prescribe medicine.
Patients who suffer from chronic pain can experience difficulties in their personal and social lives. Pain can be triggered by simple tasks that make individuals avoid contact with others and activities that may exacerbate their pain.
Living with chronic pain can result in depression, anxiety about having an attack while performing daily activities, weight loss, and social isolation, among other things. Patients can live in fear of their condition returning even after the completion of treatment.
You shouldn't mask pain. Chronic pain is manageable, and numerous testimonies from people who have lived with the condition are available online.
You can relieve nerve pain with injections or TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).