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Chronic Pain Information

  • Physicians and other health professionals define pain as chronic if it lasts longer than six months and is persistent. Some professionals consider three months the threshold for diagnosis. It is distinct from acute pain, which is the direct result of a specific trauma or injury...
  • Causes of Chronic Pain

    A variety of conditions and ailments may contribute to chronic pain. A series of acute injuries may, over time, change the way the brain interprets pain signals and result in a constant feeling of discomfort or pain, thus causing a chronic pain condition. Other conditions often associated with or leading to chronic pain include migraine, cancer, back injury or deterioration, fibromyalgia, arthritis and many others. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, determining the cause of the pain is the first step in many cases. This is often difficult because the cause may not show up in standard tests.

    Treating Chronic Pain

    Relief from chronic pain is available through an increasing number of treatments. Popular alternative treatments include acupuncture, acupressure, and chiropractic adjustment. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help, but for more severe pain, a doctor may prescribe stronger medications like hydrocodone (better known under the brand name Vicodin) and oxycodone. Several long-term, lifestyle-based techniques for pain management may be beneficial, such as regular exercise, diet, improved sleep hygiene, meditation, yoga, and in-person or online support groups.

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