Chronic pain is pain that doesn’t go away. Unlike acute pain, which comes on suddenly and can usually be traced directly to a cause, chronic pain lingers. Chronic pain in itself can be considered a disease or a condition. Most times, pain is a symptom of another condition or problem; it’s often considered a warning sign that something is wrong. If pain becomes chronic, however, it’s no longer a warning sign of a problem- it is a problem.
- Pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury.
- Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical.
- Discomfort, soreness, tightness or stiffness that is regular.
Chronic pain can lead to other problems, such as:
- Fatigue, which can cause impatience and a loss of motivation.
- Sleeplessness, often because the pain keeps you awake during the night.
- Withdrawal from activity and an increased need to rest.
- A weakened immune system, leading to frequent infections or illness.
- Depression, which is common and can make your pain worse.
- Other mood changes, such as hopelessness, fear, irritability, anxiety and stress.
- Disability, which may include not being able to go to work or school or perform other daily activities.
Types of Chronic Pain:
- Joint Dysfunction
- Muscle Imbalances
- Strained Tendons or Ligaments
- Bruised Muscles
- Sprains and Strains
- Disc Problems and Back Surgery
- Sciatic and Leg Pain
- Shoulder, Arm and Hand Problems
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrom (TMJ)
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrom
- Parkinson’s Disease/Multiple Sclerosis