Chronic Pain Disorder


Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." If you live with chronic pain disorder, you might well agree with the good doctor.

Chronic pain is a disorder in which pain lasts for at least six months after your body has healed from an injury, infection, or other trauma. Many times, people who are experiencing chronic pain do not know what is causing it. Along with the obvious discomfort, living with chronic pain can cause many other problems, including low self-esteem, depression and anger, as it can frequently interfere with activities of daily living.

It is possible to have two or more co-existing chronic pain conditions.

Example of chronic pain conditions include:

  • • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • • endometriosis
  • • fibromyalgia
  • • inflammatory bowel disease
  • • interstitial cystitis
  • • temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • • vulvodynia
  • • fibromyalgia

Managing Symptoms

It is critical for chronic pain disorder sufferers to understand that lifestyle factors such as stress often play an important role in the amplification in chronic pain. Not only can stress cause pain symptoms to flare, stress can exacerbate an already painful flare-up.
Other types of physical, emotional or mental stress, including post traumatic stress syndrome can all contribute to chronic pain syndrome as well.

Treating Pain

Treating pain can be a daunting task. Typically, chronic pain syndrome requires a multidisciplinary approach, including the appropriate use of medication. In fact, the treatment of chronic pain syndrome is most likely to be successful when several legitimate treatment modalities were used.

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