August 23, 2017

Chronic Pain Overview

[frame align=”right”]Chronic Pain[/frame]There can be many definitions for chronic pain. Some medical professionals tie it to a duration length from when the pain first began. The one factor that sets chronic pain apart from acute pain is the amount of pain will continue daily. It can last as short as a single day extending itself for years. While some chronic pain has a source in an injury or illness, many sufferers report no such point of origin. Pain simply begins to be experienced without cause and does not stop.

Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can affect various parts of the body and is seen mainly in older adult. Depending on the location as well as the severity of the chronic pain, specific symptoms merge on a daily basis. These specific symptoms include:

  1. Pain in the lower back region
  2. Pain from pre-condition disorders such as arthritis
  3. Pain associated with cancer and it’s treatment
  4. Pain ranging from a small headache to a paralyzing migraine
  5. Pain from damage to the peripheral nerves as well as the central nervous system
  6. Psychogenic pain, which has no indication of the starting point

Treatment for Chronic Pain

Treatment of chronic pain can be difficult because it can come in so many forms. Tests to rule out medical conditions, which could be the root cause of the pain, are often long, drawn out procedures, which can be quite expensive. Different types of relief are available to discuss but a diagnosis from the physician comes first. The methods of providing relief to chronic pain patients include:

  1. Series of medication
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Local electrical stimulation
  4. Brain stimulation
  5. Surgery

The above types of relief are extreme as well as aggressive in the way they provide treatment.

There are less traditional-holistic methods, which include:

  1. Psychotherapy
  2. Relaxation
  3. Medication therapies
  4. Biofeedback
  5. Behavioral modification

Coping with Chronic Pain

Many people coping with chronic pain end up addicted to medications that were supposed to relieve their pain. Other options while they cannot eliminate the pain can help reduce the impact it has on your life.

Support groups can be a wonderful asset, providing a place to talk with others who understand what you are dealing with. Relaxation techniques can help relieve tension, which can help reduce pain. It can also allow sufferers to focus their attention on something other than the pain. Coping skills like staying active, within reason, can give a sense of purpose, help retain flexibility and strength and reduce the feeling of loss.

Interdisciplinary Pain Management is a technique that takes a holistic approach to healing someone suffering from chronic pain by bringing into the treatment plan. It involves a team of professionals dedicated to helping the patient live as full a life as possible while managing their pain. It can include doctors, nurses, pharmacologists, various therapists, social workers, friends, family, and the patient. As the patient interacts with each member of the team independently, his care and progress toward goals is evaluated and altered if necessary. The ultimate goal of the program is to treat the whole person, not a body part or symptom, and to empower the person suffering with pain as well as their family, or caregiver.

Living with chronic pain is something many people have to accept. At the same time, there are treatment options, which will help an individual function, as normal as possible.