Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. Chronic Pain is defined as continuous pain which lasts longer than 12 weeks. It may arise from an initial injury or there may be an ongoing cause, such as an illness. Chronic pain is often neuropathic, it can also arise from other types of pain. The two types of pain are nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain.
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in the body, common types of chronic pain include back pain, headaches, arthritis and neuropathic pain. Chronic pain is thought to be one of the most common conditions for which people seek medical attention for.It may follow an illness or an injury that appears to have healed or may develop for no apparent reason.
In Europe, backache is the most commonly reported location for chronic pain. Like other types of chronic pain, the causes of back pain can be very complex and it is difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis. The pain may be a result of earlier injury or trauma or may be caused by arthritis, spinal disc abnormalities or from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). However, in many cases the cause of the pain cannot be determined.
If you think that you may have chronic pain, it is important that you seek the appropriate help and the first step is speaking to your Healthcare Professional. It is important that you are prepared and able to give them as much information as possible during your visit. Patients can rate their pain subjectively on a pain rating scale, these scales would be of limited value diagnostically because pain tolerance varies greatly from person to person.
As a result, diagnosis is difficult and relies on the patient’s description. Electrophysiological studies can be performed to measure how well the nerves and muscles are functioning, and x-rays, MRI and CT scans can be used to pinpoint problems in the bones or deep tissues. However, these tests may fail to find an anatomical reason for chronic pain.
Untreated chronic pain can leave sufferers’ lives in ruins – impacting their work and families and often causing depression. It is important to try and manage your pain. You can manage chronic pain in several ways, however, as there is no immediate cure self-management is an option to consider helping you reduce pain levels and to improve your quality of life.
An analgesic or painkiller is any member of the group of drugs used to achieve analgesia, relief from pain. Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems.
Analgesic medication can be broken into three categories:
While these medications can be effective, however, there are side effects and they can highly addictive. While some people need to resort to this type of medication it is recommended to try a natural self-management solution first.
There are a number of self-management solutions to help reduce levels of pain, activities such as deep breathing, meditation, joining a support group and reducing stress in your life. Self-management solutions help patients to increase their ability to cope with the pain. This in turn improves their ability to be active, healthy, and to be an involved member of their community.
SBCP is a self-management solution that was specifically developed to help manage chronic pain levels. The SBCP patch gives patients control to manage their self-care by applying patches to the acupressure point for the area of pain. The non-transdermal patches are simply placed on the skin to stimulate acupressure points. The patches contain light-reflecting technology and light-emitting materials to restore energy emitted by the body.