What Is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
Chronic pain syndrome is a severe condition that can cause many problems. This guide explains the symptoms, causes, and treatment of chronic pain.
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Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorders
How Common Is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
- More than 1 in 5 adults experienced chronic pain in the last three months
- 7.4% experienced enough side effects of pain that it interfered with their everyday life
- Adults aged 65 and over are the most likely to experience chronic pain
- People who live in rural areas are more likely to experience chronic pain
- Non-Hispanic white adults were the most likely to experience chronic pain
Since chronic pain is so prevalent, much work has been done to advance chronic pain therapy, treat chronic pain effectively, and provide people relief from chronic pain.
What Makes You Feel Chronic Pain?
The direct cause of chronic pain also differs between patients. Chronic pain can result from trauma, injury, chemotherapy, infection, or nerve damage.
Chronic Pain: an Inside Look
What Is The Difference Between Chronic Pain and Other Pain?
Symptoms of Chronic Pain Syndrome
Loss of Stamina and Flexibility
Causes of Chronic Pain Syndrome
Chronic pain has dozens, if not hundreds, of different causes. Sometimes, even the natural aging process can result in conditions that cause chronic pain. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common chronic pain causes to guide chronic pain treatment.
Osteoarthritis is caused by a progressive wearing down of the tissue found at the ends of bones and can cause substantial joint pain that may become chronic. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and responds to some treatments and medications.
Back pain is one of the most common causes of chronic pain and has several different causes. 4 Back pain may result from repeatedly lifting heavy objects, bulging or ruptured discs, or as a side effect of osteoarthritis. When back pain is a frequent cause of discomfort and distress, it can lead to chronic pain syndrome.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Cancer pain is a severe side effect of an intense disease.
7 The likelihood that somebody develops chronic pain syndrome due to advanced cancer depends on the individual, the type of cancer, and what stage the cancer has reached. According to recent data, 1 in 3 cancer survivors will also deal with chronic pain.8
How Is Chronic Pain Diagnosed?
- How long have you been experiencing the pain?
- On a scale from 1 to 10, how severe is the pain?
- Where is the pain located?
- Does the pain feel like burning, aching, or pins and needles?
- Does anything trigger the pain?
They may also investigate your medical history to see if you have any risk factors for chronic pain and may be able to help provide treatments for dealing with chronic pain.
What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Chronic Pain?
What Are the Risk Factors for Chronic Pain?
Several risk factors for chronic pain are entirely out of your control. Others are lifestyle factors that could be addressed. The risk factors for chronic pain include:
- Older age
- Having a previous injury
- Having a labor-intensive job
- Experiencing stress
While you can’t change your age or genetics, cutting back on smoking, finding ways to relieve stress, or engaging in healthy eating and exercise practices can reduce your risk of developing chronic pain syndrome.
What Are The Complications of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can reduce your overall quality of life, lead to depression or anxiety, amplify the effect of existing chronic disease, and put people at an increased risk of suicide. It can also lead to substance use disorders, as people look for any possible mechanism to relieve the symptoms of pain in their everyday life.
Answers to Questions Pertaining to Chronic Pain
Can Chronic Pain Be Prevented?
What Is the Prognosis for People with Chronic Pain?
Ultimately, the prognosis for chronic pain patients depends on their specific set of symptoms and medical history. Some people may respond well to treatment and chronic pain therapy, while others may struggle with finding any form of tangible relief.
How Can I Cope with Chronic Pain?
Eat a Healthy Diet
Get Enough Sleep
Manage Your Stress
Treatment for Chronic Pain Syndrome
Occupational therapy might include helping people learn to use ambulatory devices — such as a cane or walker — learning to avoid situations that lead to chronic pain and navigating everyday situations that your chronic pain interferes with.
One-On-One or Group Therapy
Relaxation Techniques Such as Deep Breathing or Meditation
Surgery to Treat the Condition That Caused the Pain
In some cases, surgery can stop chronic pain at the source. People who have a slipped disk and experience chronic back pain, for instance, may benefit from corrective surgery that puts the disk back into place. Not all chronic pain conditions can benefit from surgery but speaking to your doctor about whether surgery is the right choice for you can help you learn about your options.
Our expert team at J. Flowers Health Institute can help not only identify the root of your pain, but alleviate the symptoms. Don’t hesitate to reach out and begin your healing journey.
Managing Chronic Pain: A Deeper Look