Understanding Chronic Pain

Pain is a feeling people don’t want or hate to experience. It’s frustrating and most of the time, it affects our lives. But since pain is very common, we’ve learned to accept that we will all be experiencing some sort of pain at some point of our lives. However, for people who are suffering from Chronic Pain, it’s never easy to accept the fact that the pain doesn’t go away – that they have to deal with it everyday.

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain could actually become the person’s primary disorder

Compared to acute pain which has an identifiable cause and treatment, chronic pain is a persistent pain that could last for months, or even years despite the injury has already been healed. It’s a condition that’s not easy to identify because of its unclear etiology and complex history, besides the fact that the patients has a very poor response to therapy.

And because chronic pain is a condition where you will experience episodes of excruciating pain for several months or even longer, it may disrupt your daily activities and may prevent you to live a normal life which will then cause you to feel hopeless and depressed.

When Does Pain Become Chronic?

Pain is important in our lives. It lets us know that there’s a problem in our body that might need immediate medical attention. However, there are times when the pain isn’t normal anymore – that it already become the person’s primary disorder.

A normal pain usually last for several weeks to several months, but not more than 3 months. If the pain last longer than that period, it’s already considered as chronic. There are many factors involved in the transition of acute to chronic pain. Unfortunately, not all pain are the same and your experiences may be different to the other or vice versa. There are also some cases where you both have similar conditions but only one of you will develop chronic pain. Although there is no clear explanation on how pain becomes chronic, an open communication between you and your doctor will greatly help to better understand your condition.

Symptoms and Characteristics

Persistent pain that has lasted beyond the expected healing period is already considered as chronic pain. And mostly, the following physical symptoms may also occur:

  • Persistent shooting, burning, electrical, or aching pain
  • Stiffness or Tightness
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Headache
  • Pain that’s worst when stressed or angry
  • Blurry vision
  • Pain medications’ no longer effective

It is a fact that chronic pain can greatly affect a person’s way of life; it usually limits the ability of that person to do what he or she regularly do. For this reason, other problems, besides the pain itself, may also occur:

  • Disturbed sleeping pattern
  • Irritability, hopelessness, stress, and fear
  • Withdrawn from social activities or relationships
  • Decreased coordination
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating or confusion
  • Somatization

There’s no doubt that more and more people are now experiencing chronic pain. But knowing that it’s not just you who’s suffering from pain doesn’t really make it a lot easier to bear. Chronic pain is a burden and is stealing your chance to live a normal happy life. So, don’t let it interfere with yours; start learning about it, and see what you can do especially if it’s starting to affect not just you, but also those around you.