Chronic Pain

Any pain that lasts for a period of months or longer is considered chronic pain. Chronic pain has many symptoms and causes, from pre-existing conditions to recent injuries.

Chronic pain can make life difficult, but you don't have to go it alone. If you're seeking relief for chronic pain, please call (410) 266-3613 or request more information online.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can strike in a number of forms, each of them a serious roadblock to your health and lifestyle. Headaches, joint pain, abdominal pain, and backaches are just some of the forms of chronic pain that can hurt and frustrate you.

Some symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Dull aches
  • Mild, persistent pain
  • Severe, persistent pain
  • Tenderness
  • Tightness
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness
  • General discomfort
  • Depression

It's important to note that chronic pain has a variety of symptoms outside of pain itself. Dealing with constant strain can cause a number of uncomfortable side effects, including:

  • Loss of sleep
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Weakened immune system
  • Fatigue

Causes of Chronic Pain

There are many causes of chronic pain, and identifying the nature of your pain is the first step towards managing it. Chronic pain can be the result of:

  • Recent injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint pain
  • Pinched nerve
  • Poor posture
  • Aging
  • Excess weight
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia

Often times, chronic pain can come without an easily explainable cause. Chronic pain can also be a symptom of another disease, such as multiple sclerosis or gallbladder disease.

Chronic Pain Treatment Options

Once a cause has been identified, there are many options for treating chronic pain. Before beginning any treatment, it's important to assess your lifestyle. Simple changes, such as increased low-impact exercise, optimizing sleep, loss of weight and a healthier diet can do wonders for managing your pain. Hormone optimization is critical as is eliminating food allergies that stimulate inflammation.

Some over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can provide temporary pain relief. There are many natural pain and inflammation treatments which when used in combination with other modalities can greatly reduce or eliminate pain. If your discomfort persists, other forms of treatment are available such as physical therapy, pain management programs, and orthopedic surgery.

Finding a Solution

Chronic pain can be a frustrating, debilitating condition. If chronic pain is controlling your life, seek help. Please call (410) 266-3613