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Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?

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Everyone can experience occasional aches and pains such as headaches, mid-back pain, shoulder pain or low back pain. Actually, some sudden pain is good because it means that your nervous system is alert and is helping you avoid possible injury to your body. However, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain is any type of pain that lasts more than 12 weeks or more. It can be caused by a musculoskeletal injury, nervous system dysfunction, chronic disease and autoimmune disorders.

One of the most common type of chronic pain is low back pain. Low back pain can lead to low energy, lost interest in life, lost productivity in workplace and even physical disability. Some of the common causes include chronic poor posture, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, fractures, soft tissue damage caused by strain or sprain to the back muscles or ligaments, and spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

Another type of common chronic pain include headaches. According to research, 50% of adults will report headaches during the course of a year. A chronic headache is one which occurs for at least 15 days per month for no less than 3 consecutive months. Some of the common symptoms include fatigue, tight muscles in the spine, or nervous system triggers.

Chronic nerve pain is also common in our local community. This happens when the nerves are either compressed or damaged. Some of the common symptoms a person can feel include weakness in hands or legs, numbness and tingling down the arms and legs. Some of the disease conditions can include sciatic, carpal tunnel syndrome, or trigeminal neuralgia.

In dealing with chronic pain, some of the things you can do include

  • Go see a health care professional. Often times, we hope that the pain will just “go away.” So, we will push through the pain and neglect our injuries. As time progresses the pain might diminish, but the problem still remains.
  • Get your spine checked. Your spine is the foundation of the entire body. Make sure that your spine and nervous system are functioning at an optimal level in order to facilitate all of the things your body needs to do on a day to day basis. Remember, symptoms are the body’s way of telling us something is wrong, so please go check it out!
  • Be patient. Chronic pain is not going to be resolved within 1 day because it has been there for a long time. Nothing comes easy, please be patient with your body and let your body do the work.  Do not except a “miracle treatment” where one rushes through the process and not get to the root of the cause.

Your health is not just about you, if you are not healthy, it affects your entire family. The last thing you want to do is procrastinate with your own health and make something that is treatable to something that is harder to manage.