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Facts About Chronic Pain

Pain that goes on for weeks, months or even years is called chronic pain. Sometimes it is due to an ongoing cause. Chronic pain is widely believed to represent disease itself. It can be made much worse by environmental and psychological factors, and could be resistant to most medical treatments.

Pain that goes on for weeks, months or even years is called chronic pain. Sometimes it is due to an ongoing cause. Chronic pain is widely believed to represent disease itself. It can be made much worse by environmental and psychological factors, and could be resistant to most medical treatments.

Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

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The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.

Symptoms of chronic pain include:

1. Mild to severe pain that does not go away

2. Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical

3. Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness

Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain include:

1. Fatigue

2. Sleeplessness

3. Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest

4. Weakened immune system

5. Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress

6. Disability

Factors that Affect Pain

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Weather

If your joint pain gets worse when it's cold or raining, it's not your imagination. Although studies have shown mixed results, changes in barometric pressure can cause some people (especially people with arthritis) to have increased pain in their joints. Experts think this is because the change in barometric pressure affects joint pressure.

Weight Gain

If you are overweight, well, less weight on your body means less pressure, and less pain on your joints and back.

Lack of Exercise

Although pain may make it harder to exercise, staying active is one of the best things you can do to feel better. Exercise can help you lose weight, sleep better, and boost your mood. All of which can also help reduce pain. Exercise helps strengthen muscles, ease stiff joints, and restore coordination and balance. Low-impact exercises, like walking, swimming, and stretching, are good ways to start.

Attitude towards Pain

Dwelling on your pain can make it feel worse. "Those who focus on their pain tend to do poorly compared with those who have a proactive attitude and try to find ways to cope with their pain," says Roger Chou, MD, associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. Pain can lead to depression and anxiety, which can then make pain worse. Consider counseling to help cope with your pain.

Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.

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Toni Star

Good article! Very informative and helpful. I have suffered from chronic pain for about two years and it all started by lifting something too heavy. I have found that daily massages and cool therapy at night on the affected area helps a great deal!

Chronic pain is a real problem, especially now as people are living longer lives.

Very informative.... Voted up

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