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You broke your finger, and you know the cause. There’s also a reasonable expectation that the digit will work again as designed once it heals. Six months later, your hand hurts, and you can’t figure out why. Within 12 months, the pain has moved to your other hand. What’s going on?
Chronic pain is discomfort that lingers for more than three months. It can be a constant presence or come and go. If you suffer from chronic pain, you know that it can pop up anywhere on your body. It can restrict your daily activities, like working, social pursuits, and taking care of yourself or someone else. Chronic pain can trigger depression, anxiety, and sleep problems – worsening the pain in a cycle that’s hard to break.
Many different factors contribute to chronic pain. It could be the normal aging process, but other common causes are injuries and nerve damage that don’t heal as expected. Other causes:
According to 2019 results from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, 20.4 percent of U.S. adults had chronic pain, and 7.4 percent said their pain limited their ability to function. This snapshot clarifies the overall impact it has on millions of lives.
But how do you solve the puzzle of chronic pain? Pain is different for everyone, with some people determined to plow through it as best they can so it doesn’t interfere with their daily responsibilities. Others, unfortunately, don’t have the resolve or physical or emotional tools needed to keep going and end up in a level of disability that affects their quality of life.
But there are many chronic pain remedies to consider:
Because of its very nature as non-specific and of questionable origins, chronic pain can be hard to diagnose. In most cases, you’ll need to see a medical doctor who may use diagnostic procedures like x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, blood work, and neurological testing to determine the cause of pain. You may also be referred to a mental health specialist if there’s a suspicion your pain has a psychological component. For psychiatric assessment, tools like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders could be used to uncover the source of your pain.
Treatment could include medicine, therapy, or ketamine infusions to help manage your chronic pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain and aren’t ready to see a doctor, there are numerous home remedies you can try, including diet, exercise, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and other alternative treatment. If you’re interested in more innovative treatment options, contact us today to learn more.