Do I Have Chronic Pain?
It is very common that almost everybody feels pain now a days. Pain is a message by your body about something wrong, when you cut your finger or got a whiplash. And it will stop hurting you when injury heals.
On the other hand there are some pains that last for long durations sometimes for weeks, months or even for years after some kind of injury, which are termed as Chronic Pain. Mostly, the pains that lasts for three to six months are termed by doctors as Chronic Pains.
Most of the times chronic pains effects your mental health or everyday life. But it can be treated easily by some work on it done by mutual cooperation of your doctor and you.
What Makes You Feel Chronic Pain?
The series of messages or signals make you feel pain which comes through like a zip file via your nervous system. The injury simply switch on pain sensors in area where you hurt yourself. In this case an electric signal is generated which is transmitted through nerves till they reach your brain. The brain will act like a processor and send message that you got hurt.
Once the pain is resolved the signal usually stops — the wound around injury or torn muscle got repair from your body. But on the other side in case of some chronic pain the nerves keep firing the signals even after you have healed.
Which Conditions Cause Chronic Pain?
Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Some of the leading causes include:
It’s not necessary that every chronic pain is started due to some specific reason but usually for most of the people, it is started due to an injury or some severe condition of health. Few leading reasons behind chronic pains are;
- Surgeries or Injuries of past
- Problem in back bone
- Headaches or migraines
- Damaged Nerve
- Fibromyalgia (the condition in which a muscle pain is felt in whole body)
What are the Symptoms for Chronic Pains?
Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:
Any severe or mild pain that continues day after day or come and go can be a Chronic Pain. The feelings for such pain can be like;
- Dull Ache
Sometimes pain is just one of many symptoms, which can also include:
- Tiredness or feeling wiped out
- Lack of hunger
- Trouble in Sleep
- Mood swings
- Lack of energy
Chronic Pain and Your Mental Health
Your daily life can be effected due to chronic pain and keep you away from what daily tasks or things. This will bring anger, anxiousness, depression and frustration in your personality.
A cycle is created due to a connection between your pain and emotions. An aspect of depression arises in you once you are hurt, which will worsen your pain as well. Due to this relationship between pain and depression most of the times doctors use “anti- depressants” while treating chronic pains. Both emotional strain and pain are treated by such drugs.
An obvious rise in stress levels and interference with your sleep are also caused by these pains. Due to such strain and lack of sleep the pain becomes stronger.
In case of such pain that doesn’t seem to get better, it is necessary to visit your doctor or specialist. This will stop pain from pampering your life.
- Relaxation Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Life Style Changes (e.g. getting enough sleep and quit smoking etc.)
By Syed Khurram Ali