Chronic pain

Chronic pain

Chronic pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) is pain that persists or progresses over a long period of time. During an injury and illness pain is your body's normal reaction to it. When your body starts healing, pain usually decreases with time and eventually stops hurting. But Chronic pain is pain that lasts for a long time and do not minimizes in short duration of time— it can last for months or years. It can occur anywhere in the body. The pain can be there all the time, persistent pain, or it may come and go.

Chronic pain can interfere with or affect your daily activities, such as working, having a social life and taking care of yourself or others. It can lead to depression, stress, anxiety and trouble sleeping, which can make pain worse. This resultant cycle becomes difficult to break.

Signs and symptoms

CPS chronic pain syndrome, affects your physical health, your emotions, your mental health and even your social life over time. The pain can lead to various symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep
  • Feeling very tired or wiped out
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Marriage or family problems
  • Job loss
  • Suicidal thoughts

Types of Chronic pain

  • Arthritis, or joint pain.
  • Back pain.
  • Cancer pain (tumor).
  • Headaches, such as migraines.
  • Lasting pain in scar tissue.
  • Muscle pain all over the body (such as with fibromyalgia).
  • Neurogenic pain, (nerve damage or damage to the other parts of the nervous system.)


Myths and Facts

Myth: As the injury heals, pain will go away eventually.

Facts: Acute pain goes away when an injury starts to heal. Chronic pain is persistent and it remains, even after an injury gets healed. If you have been experiencing pain for more than three months, after an injury, it is considered chronic. There are time when the pain remains even after an injury heals, especially in the cases of nerve damage.

 

Myth: You will get addicted to drugs (medication) prescribed for pain.

Facts: Taking medication as prescribed by doctor and not overusing it very now and then can help you ease your pain. You need to check on your behaviour hoe frequently you are dosing yourself. If there is a history of addiction in your family, then please do share this with your doctor, he/she will take it into consideration, and will work with you accordingly. There is very less chances of getting addicted to your pain medication.



How do you know you need counselling/Therapy?

Your day-to-day life is affected so much that you are not able to focus on any work.

Only medication is not working much for you.

It is affecting your mental health.



Issues and challenges

The diagnosis of circadian rhythm sleep disorders and its types can be challenging with other co-morbities and often requires a consultation with an expert/ a sleep specialist.



Role of counselling & Therapy

If there is any link between prior trauma and chronic pain it can be addressed in therapy session and can be better understood. Psychological therapies can address ongoing physical and emotional stress responses linked to traumatic experiences.They can help you in getting rid of the disorder through resolving underlying psychological issues using psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): This counselling method helps you think differently about pain and teaches you ways to cope.

Medications can only be used to treat any related disorder.



How does TalktoAngel Help you in overcoming your Chronic pain?

TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. Chronic pain is one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of chronic pain. Studies have proven that online mental health services are as effective as the conventional mode. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we put your needs first. We can help you with flexible appointments, personalized and customized intervention plans all at the tip of your fingers.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Minimize or Avoid smoking. Don’t be hard on yourself. Create a daily schedule including self-care routine. Eat a fresh and healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep. Join a support group like self-help groups for chronic pain to learn from other people with similar conditions. Limit alcohol, which can cause more problems with sleep and pain. Think positively. Try relaxation techniques, like deep breathing and meditation.
  • No, chronic pain is not a mental disorder, but can be worsened in the presence of psychological issue.
  • The roots of CPS can be both physical and mental. Experts think that people with chronic pain have problem with their nerves and gland system that the body uses to handle stress. That makes them feel pain differently. CPS can affect people of all ages and both sexes, but it is found to be most common among women. People with mental health conditions such as depression and other are more likely to get CPS.
  • Following medications can be used after consulting with your doctor. Anticonvulsants (medications prescribed for seizures) for nerve pain. Antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants. Corticosteroids. Muscle relaxers. Opioids (narcotics), which can be addictive and should be used carefully. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen. Topical products (get absorbed by skin after apply on surface) that contain pain relievers or ingredients that create soothing heat or cold. Sedatives to help with anxiety or insomnia.

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