Often most of us tend to think that pain is a kind of symptom, however nowadays healthcare professionals consider chronic pain is a condition in itself. So far, no in depth guide to chronic pain is prepared, as causes of pain are so diverse.
Lack of solid information can breed misinformation among people who are not living with such condition.
However, it will certainly be beneficial for both patients in particular and society in general, to get a basic understanding about how such common medical condition can affect the lives of people.
In this small write-up, we shall try to answer few questions about chronic pain and the way they can be treated.
What is a chronic pain?
We can define pain as an unpleasant sensation which many of us can associate with certain injury or damage of tissue, but it can also be present even if there is no tissue damage and also pain can be chronic or acute too.
Causes can widely vary for chronic pain
As such, any kind of condition may lead to condition of chronic pain, but there are few medical conditions which are more likely to be reason of chronic pain.
They are as follows:
- Autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia
- Back injury
- Diabetes mellitus
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Limb amputation
- Nerve damage
Few diseases like cancer and arthritis may also cause chronic pain. However, with ongoing pain, such condition can be created in our nervous system, in spite of healing the physical tissues.
What are different chronic pain types?
In order to treat pain, it is essential to identify the actual cause of such chronic pain, because different types of pain will respond to different kind of strategies.
As an example, drugs that are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory type may not be effective to treat nerve pain, but opioids may yield better results.
Though causes of pain may vary, but the affected systems can be fairly consistent. Our nervous system, connective tissues and muscles affected may also contribute in the plan of treatment of physician.
How chronic pain is treated?
There are luckily pain management techniques available that may help patients to reclaim their lives. Little ancient knowledge of acupuncture and massaging and few current technologies with medication and also with cognitive behavioral therapy are usually used.
There are also few organizations like NATIONAL STEM CELL CLINIC, who is leading way in the treatment of root causes of the chronic pain, instead of just managing various symptoms.