Chronic pain is anywhere from annoying to debilitating, and it affects tens of millions of people each year in the US alone. Chronic pain is different than acute pain, in that, chronic pain lasts anywhere from 3-6 months to a lifetime. Over that course of time, the pain can be intermittent or constant. The issue with pain that’s chronic, especially if there’s no clear cause or treatment, is that it affects your entire quality of life. When your nervous system is constantly or frequently in pain-signaling mode, it affects not only your body but your mind. Severe pain can mean limited function of the affected body part, poor sleep quality, irritability, increased stress, opioid addiction, depression or anxiety, among other things. Sometimes it’s easy to tell what’s causing the pain and why, but sometimes it’s not. AND your doctor has been taught that chronic pain can never go away. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Causes of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, no one suffers chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many of these injures come from childhood. Other injuries come from environmental poisons and inflammatory food. CPS (chronic pain syndrome) is also important, where the physical and mental toll of the pain become intertwined so much so that “pain management” must expand to include psychological treatments like counseling and practicing mindfulness techniques. The most common sources of chronic pain stem from injuries to the fascia that holds you together and started in childhood.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pain is persistent, and can be anywhere from mild to severe. Chronic pain can present in many ways, including:
- Aching feeling
- Tingling or burning feeling
- Shooting or stabbing feeling that may or may not radiate from the source
- Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
- Limited function in the affected area or a proxy area
Pain that is chronic can cause symptoms that affect other aspects of your life, such as:
- Sleeplessness or poor quality sleep
- Fatigue that can become chronic
- Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
- Weakened immune system
- Changes in mood: irritability, anxiety, depression, etc.
Management of Chronic Pain
Most chronic pain in most people can go away. The staff at Blatman Health and Wellness Center are dedicated to providing regenerative and holistic pain management solutions. We specialize in non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment methods that either manage and reduce your pain naturally or encourage your body to heal itself from any damage that might be causing your pain. Often, a comprehensive approach that focuses not just on your pain and previous injuries but on your overall quality of life and health provides the best path forward. We believe patient education and support are the keys to continued good health, and will teach you techniques to treat and prevent chronic pain long after you have left our office.