Important information for sufferers
Dealing with chronic pain can be extremely difficult. This is especially true if you’re not sure why you are experiencing it or where it is coming from. Even with all of the scientific and medical advancements in recent decades, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the diagnosis of chronic pain. The good news is that we are learning more about the condition all the time, and we know that these five things are true:
When someone breaks an arm or a leg, an X-ray is taken which shows concrete evidence of the problem. Pain, however, is much harder to see. This is why many people with chronic pain are treated as if they are making it up or exaggerating it, often even by doctors. You should know that regardless of what others say, your pain is real and needs to be cared for like any other medical condition.
It’s not the same for everyone
Because everybody is different, no two people experience and express pain the same way. For example, you may have a very similar condition as a family member and he or she only seems to have a little discomfort while you’re hurting. It is important to remember not to compare your pain to someone else’s.
You’re not alone
When you are constantly suffering with pain that doesn’t show up in test results, you may start to feel removed from the rest of the world. This can lead to depression – which in itself is serious – and can make your pain worse. You need to know that there are many people dealing with chronic pain and you’re not the only one.
It can lead to other ailments
With frequent pain, staying active is probably difficult for you. But a lack of physical activity can be very detrimental and lead to disuse syndrome. This condition can have a negative effect on your entire body, including your cardiovascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems. In addition, disuse syndrome can also have an impact on your emotional wellbeing and cause your pain to worsen.
There are ways to help it
If you have been told nothing can be done for your pain or just to pop some pills, surely you are frustrated and maybe ready to give up. Don’t. You should know that help is available. The physicians at Pines Spine & Joint have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain, including through the use of a variety of different therapies and interventional pain management.
To learn more about what we can do for your chronic pain or to make an appointment, call us at 954.430.8000 or just fill out our online contact form.