What is Chronic Pain and how to relieve it?
There are many types of pain that people suffered from. Today we will discuss Chronic Pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain lasts three months or longer. The pain can be there all the time, or it may come and go. It can happen anywhere in your body,and may be caused by conditions such as arthritis, a lower back problem, and migraines.
Chronic pain can interfere with your daily activities, such as working, having a social life and taking care of yourself or others. It can lead to depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping, which can make your pain worse. This response creates a cycle that’s difficult to break.
Chronic pain is a very common condition, and one of the most common reasons why someone seeks medical care. Approximately 25% of adults in the United States experience chronic pain.
Sometimes chronic pain has an obvious cause. You may have a long-lasting illness such as arthritis or cancer that can cause ongoing pain.
Injuries and diseases can also cause changes to your body that leave you more sensitive to pain. These changes can stay in place even after you’ve healed from the original injury or disease. Something like a sprain, a broken bone or a brief infection can leave you with chronic pain.
Some people also have chronic pain that’s not tied to an injury or physical illness. Healthcare providers call this response psychogenic pain or psychosomatic pain. It’s caused by psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression. Many scientists believe this connection comes from low levels of endorphins in the blood. Endorphins are natural chemicals that trigger positive feelings.
It’s possible to have several causes of pain overlap. You could have two different diseases, for example. Or you could have something like migraines and psychogenic pain together.
What does chronic pain feel like?
People with chronic pain describe their pain in many different ways, such as:
Chronic pain often leads to other symptoms and conditions, including:
Fatigue, or feeling overly tired most of the time.
Insomnia, or trouble falling asleep.
What alternative treatments are available for chronic pain?
Alternative treatments that have been shown to relieve chronic pain over time include:
Acupuncture, which uses small needs placed in the body.
Aromatherapy, which uses aromatic plants and essential oils.
Biofeedback, which teaches you how to tweak the way your body works, influencing such things as heart rate, breathing and muscle tension.
Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis.
Mindfulness training, which teaches you how to calm yourself.
Music, art or pet therapy.
Reiki or Healing Touch™, with a therapist using touch to change energy fields in your body.
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