Chronic Pain Syndrome
Disc Injuries & Degenerative Conditions
Pain is called
"chronic" when it lasts over a long period of time, usually
longer than three to six months. It can constant or it can
come and go, but it does not go away. Chronic pain may be
due to chronic from an ongoing injury or health problem.
stays and for some, it leaves for a period of time, but it
keeps coming back. Pain signals are continuously fired
from the nervous system - regularly or sporadically - for
weeks, months, year and even for a lifetime.
of chronic pain are joint degeneration (arthritis), back
injury, degenerative disc diseases, nervous system damage (neuropathic
pain) and headaches.
pain is not always due to injury to your body. It is
often caused by medical conditions such as such as
fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, Spondylosis,
certain arthritis or even endometriosis. In these cases,
both the pain and the condition must be treated and
depending upon the condition, often leads to chronic pain
Chronic Pain Syndrome
A good example would be you
may have been injured and even though the injuries have long
since healed, the pain persists for various reasons.
In other types of injuries, the result is increased pain
sensitivity that makes even minor injuries extremely
painful and persistent.
Chronic pain syndrome, the never-ending pain is because
the brain can't produce enough endorphins to shut the "pain
gates." Here's how the cycle works...
Chronic pain may eventually heal after a period of time.
Chronic pain syndrome, whether a medical condition or an
injury, especially back injuries, cause permanent damage and
the pain does not 'heal'.
Both affect your life daily, without fail...you know
tomorrow will be the same as today.
things you can do to improve your daily quality of life,
it takes time to test by trial & error, but eventually you
may create your own recipe to reduce pain from daily
Your sleep, mood, activity,
energy level and almost every facet of your life are all
disrupted by pain. Being tired, depressed and out of shape
makes the pain worse and harder to cope with. So a "pain
cycle" begins and depending upon the cause, can be
impossible to end.
cases, your physician and pain management specialist can
help control the pain, increase activity level and you can
learn a different lifestyle that increases your overall
health. You may be able to enjoy activities before
chronic pain syndrome became part of your life. In
other cases, you may need to find new activities that you
enjoy and keeping a positive attitude plays a big part in
your quality of life.