Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Difference Between Common Pain and Chronic Pain

We all know what pain is: physical suffering or irritating sensation due to injury or illness. But how do you know if that pain you’re feeling is normal, everyday pain or if it’s something worse, like chronic pain?
The Difference Between Common Pain and Chronic Pain 
There is one main factor that differentiates common pain from chronic pain: how long it lasts. Common pain comes and goes and eventually disappears completely. Chronic pain tends to last longer than six months and is experienced by millions of Americans.

Types of chronic pain vary, but may include:
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Pain from injury
  • Backaches
  • Tendinitis
  • Sinus pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck, pelvis, arms and legs

 

Do You Have Chronic Pain?

Symptoms of chronic pain can include more than just pain itself. One of the reasons chronic pain is so debilitating and life-altering is because it can impact multiple areas of health and wellness, like sleeping, once-loved activities, your mood and your body’s ability to fight off illnesses.

So how can you tell if you have chronic pain, and what do you do to get rid of it? Some symptoms are:
  • Shooting, burning, aching or electrical pains
  • Discomfort, soreness, stiffness, muscle tightness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakened immune system
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Increased need to rest
  • Disability
  • Mood changes like depression, fear, anxiety, irritability and stress

 

Chronic Pain Treatment

If you experience any of the above symptoms for long periods of time, you may have chronic pain. Don’t feel like you need to suffer through or get by on mediocre pain medications. There are other options.

At Capstone Pain and Spine Center, our goal is to ease your constant pain and get you back to a comfortable state. Our minimally invasive or noninvasive treatments are sought before even considering any type of major surgery, because we view surgery as a last resort.

Please tell us: are you suffering from chronic pain or have you ever been treated for chronic pain? We’d love to hear about it. Leave us a comment below.

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