Described as pain that lasts longer than six months, chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, at times it can be completely incapacitating. Somewhere around 100 million Americans a day suffer from this condition.
Although chronic pain may result from an initial trauma, injury, or infection, there may be another ongoing cause of pain not associated with injury or damage. The most common sources of this type of pain include:
- joint pain
- shoulder pain
- neck pain
- pelvic pain
- sinus pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
In some cases, generalized muscle and nerve pain may develop into a chronic condition.
Because the pain signals remain active in the nervous system for months or sometimes even years, chronic pain can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person .
There are a variety of options for the treatment of chronic pain, including both oral and topical medication, physical therapy, holistic healing (such as acupuncture), TENS Unit therapy, and epidural injections.
Helpful medications for chronic pain relief may include:
- NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen)
- Tricyclic Anti-depressants
- Anti-seizure Medications
- Muscle Relaxants
- Lidocaine and Fentanyl Patches