Chronic Pain Overview

Chronic pain, which may vary in intensity from a mild ache to excruciating, debilitating symptoms, lasts longer than six months. Pain signals from the nervous system can linger for years, causing unbearable stress both physically and emotionally.

Unfortunately, this is a common malady with millions of Americans agonizing over chronic pain. Even more troublesome is that the cause is not always found, i.e. the pain may not be from trauma or an obvious cause.

The most common sites for chronic pain are:

  • Joints
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Tendonitis
  • Sinuses
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Pelvis
  • Abdomen
  • Secondary to trauma

As the pain progresses and lingers, our coping mechanisms and immune system deteriorates so that the problem is also associated with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tension and stress
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

 

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