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:
- Neuropathic pain: Pain caused by injury to the nervous system. Potential signs include sensitivity, numbness, tingling, or an ache.
- Phantom pain: Occurs after amputation and can be very real. So, even though your missing limb isn't physically present, you still experience the ache from it.
- Central pain: Pain in the central nervous system is common, usually due to infarction or other issues affecting the brain or spinal cord. The central nervous system is constantly experiencing the pain of varying intensities. People experiencing central pain often describe it as a burning, aching, or pressing pain.
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.