Chronic pain lasts longer than 6 months and can be continuous or intermittent (on and off) with varying intensity. It can come on as a result of accidents or injuries, surgeries, or as a symptom of conditions such as Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, HIV and more.
Studies have shown that up to 55% of people experience chronic pain.
Chronic pain is often improperly treated for patients. This may be due to the fact that people who experience it typically also have high rates of anxiety, depression and sleep disorders such as insomnia. These symptoms can be vague, overlap, and muddy the waters. Overlapping of symptoms makes it difficult to find which problem is causing another when looking for a diagnosis. This is why it is most important to get on top of pain before treating additional symptoms.
Pain, anxiety and poor sleep can cause depression;
and vice versa.
Adding on to the problem is the fact that pain causes people to become unhappy and less active. Consequently, this often results in overeating and weight gain. Extra weight can be a major burden on our joints and vital organs, making it difficult to function optimally.
Getting pain under control before it reaches its peak
Chronic pain management can be difficult. Every person responds uniquely to both pain and treatments. It is always in our best interest to have pain managed before it gets to its worst.