Causes of Chronic Pain and How to Treat It

Have you been experiencing a lot of chronic pain lately? An occasional ache and pain from overdoing it is something everyone experiences from time to time, but when it occurs frequently, is ongoing, and you’re unable to pinpoint the cause, it can be frustrating to say the least. A common way that many doctors treat pain is with pain medicine, which can be addictive if taken over a long period of time. Here are some causes of pain and possible ways to treat it.

Shoulder and Skeletal Issues

A big factor in dealing with certain conditions and diseases of the spine or structural areas of the body is that pain often comes into play. Especially if you’re experiencing a lot of pain in your shoulder and arm. If it’s something that has occurred suddenly, it’s best to seek immediate medical help to ensure that the right care is instituted. Shoulder pain can come from a variety of things. The main cause is a sports or personal injury, although lack of movement and bad posture can also be triggers. Here are some telltale signs of a shoulder issue:

  • Lack of movement or limited range of motion in the arm
  • Extreme pain when using arm or hands
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Loss of flexibility in the shoulder, arm and upper body area
  • Shooting or throbbing pain in the neck when trying to move the arm

One cause could be shoulder separation or a dislocated shoulder. This needs to be addressed right away by an emergency room doctor and eventually an orthopedic surgeon. This can lead to pain and a frozen shoulder, in which the nerves are so irritated that you’ll be able unable to move the arm properly. Pain can be relieved with pain medications, possible surgery, and ongoing physical therapy.

Cancer

Cancer is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. Some people have cancer and have no pain or symptoms in regards to their diagnosis, but others suffer acute and sometimes prolonged pain due to the effects of cancer. Surgery to remove tumors and radiation therapy can damage nerves in the body and leave behind painful effects that may be temporary or carry on long-term for several months or years. Chemotherapy treatment can also damage nerves and affect body chemistry. The result can lead to painful joints, headaches and other medical conditions that spark bouts of chronic pain. If you have cancer or have had cancer, its best to talk with your oncologist about ways to cope with the pain. Combinations of some pain medications, aquatic and massage therapy may be able to help you cope with the effects of cancer and its treatment.

Nerve Pain

If you have a medical condition or disease, such as multiple sclerosis or diabetic neuropathy, chronic, widespread pain can occur without notice. With MS, it can occur sporadically in spurts and can be unpredictable. Your doctor may recommend consistent physical therapy geared toward your disease. This will help reduce stress on nerves and may help you deal better with your pain. For neuropathy, getting your blood sugars under control is the main goal. This includes finding the right medication or insulin to help make things easier to manage. Physical therapy and medications that help curb overactive nerve pain can make a big difference in how you deal with your disease.

Recurring Pain Post-Surgery

If you’ve had a major surgery such as a back or leg surgery or any type of surgery, chances are, there are areas that may have slight nerve damage. The main goal of surgery is to improve and enhance your health, but oftentimes certain types of chronic pain are not expected. Your doctor may only prescribe certain narcotic pain medications for the short-term. This is because they can cause damage to your stomach and become extremely addictive. If you find yourself taking more pain pills just to meet your daily pain needs, you need to seek professional help right away. There are alternatives to pain medicines, including over the counter NSAIDS and pain blockers that can help get your pain back to a manageable state. Pain medication, managing your diet and weight and getting the right type of physical therapy is the best way to get a grip on your chronic pain issues.

Pain and illness often go hand in hand. Learn to control pain rather than letting it control you.

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