Pain is unpleasant for anyone. No one enjoys pain and most people find it difficult to handle when it lasts more than a few minutes. A sprained ankle, a toothache or getting a shot at the doctors office are all temporary pains that eventually subside. This is very different for people who suffer from chronic pain. The pain they endure never goes away and they have to learn to live with it.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that last longer than six months and an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from it every day. Some people suffer from intermittent episodes of severe pain with short bursts of relief whereas others have to live with a low level of pain that never goes away. The pain levels can vary depending on the person, some can be dull but constant and others can be debilitating. Either way, living with chronic pain takes a toll on a patient’s physical and emotional state.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
There can be many reasons why a person could end up with chronic pain. There are different conditions such as arthritis, back issues, nerve problems, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndrome where a patient suffers from debilitating pain for months, most of the time caused by an injury. There are situations where people suffer with chronic pain for no apparent reason.
Chronic Pain, What are the Symptoms?
Everyone has experienced some type of pain in their lifetime but there are many different levels of pain and thresholds for certain people. Some may describe their pain as sharp stabbing pains, discomfort or aching pains or a burning sensation. The reality is pain rarely exists by itself and it is not uncommon for people with chronic pain to suffer from other physical and mental conditions.
There is no cure for chronic pain but with the right treatment plan, those suffering will find it easier to live with their condition. Pain Specialists of Charleston is here to get those living with chronic pain, back into life!