When your pain gets really bad…

by: Dr. Victor Marchione | Pain Management | Friday, November 21, 2014 – 05 a.m.

pain, stress Pain can ruin your day and make the nights long and unbearable. It is said persistent pain is a “silent epidemic.” Some even call it an “invisible disability.”

can affect all aspects of life, from the time with your family, your hobbies and social life, day after day.

Suffering in silence? You are not alone

Most unfortunately, one in five American adults – especially those between 60 and 69 – will experience pain every day for periods of three months or more. In fact, it is estimated that 39 million Americans are in chronic pain. That’s more than the entire population of California, according to a new analysis Jae Kennedy. He is the professor of health policy and administration at Washington State University, Spokane.

Kennedy study, which was recently published in the Journal of Pain arising from the situation of the National Center for Health Statistics survey that measures the persistent pain in 35,000 households.

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The results showed women are at higher risk than men, and people with chronic pain are much more likely to report feelings of anxiety, depression and fatigue. As a result, it does not cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars every year when it comes out care and lost health.

There is a difference between acute and chronic pain

Acute pain is a normal sensation that is active in the nervous system. Your attention is drawn to possible injury and the overall need to take care of himself. However, chronic pain is a little different. Its various signals continue to occur in the nervous system for weeks, months and even years. This is where the real problems begin.

Chronic pain tends to be triggered by an accident, for example, a back sprain or a serious infection. Or it can be a constant source of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. However, some people suffer chronic pain without injury first, especially older adults.

Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, arthritis pain and cancer pain. There neurogenic pain, too. That is the pain that is caused by damage to the peripheral nerves or central nervous system itself. Another common type is the psychogenic pain, which can not be attributed to any injury, illness or damage inside or outside the nervous system.

No matter what kind of pain you have, its effects can be all-consuming. But chronic pain can be avoided if you understand the cause and take steps to undo the damage that has been done to your body.

Tips on how to relieve pain and stress

Treatments for chronic pain can include medications and even surgery. Some doctors use placebos. The risk is that some pain medications can have long-term side effects, especially for people who are taking several prescription drugs on a regular basis. For those who have diabetes or heart disease that can compromise your immune system.

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Ideally, too, do not want to just control the symptoms, but identifying and treat the cause of your pain.

behavior modification and psychotherapy can help, too, along with physiotherapy. As you probably know, I am in favor of natural therapy, without medications, whenever possible.

acupuncture, especially, may help relieve back, neck and knee pain, not to mention headaches and osteoarthritis. Scientists are beginning to understand how it can help treat several other health conditions.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique of inserting thin needles through the skin to stimulate specific points on the body for self-healing. It is safe and effective, as long as it is performed by an experienced and well trained.

If you suffer from pain, whether chronic or acute, which can be very aware of the treatments that work best for you. But that does not mean you should not stop looking for new techniques to reduce pain.

look out for your own interests, and remember to take an active role in working with physicians and other health care professionals not only relieve pain, but identifying and treating the underlying cause.

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