Facts and myths of chronic pain

Facts and myths of chronic pain

Just about everyone feels pain from time to time. When you cut your finger or pull a muscle, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Once the injury heals, you stop hurting.

Chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more.

Chronic pain can interfere with your daily life, keeping you from doing things you want and need to do. It can take a toll on your self-esteem and make you feel angry, depressed, anxious, and frustrated.

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What causes chronic pains?

Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Some of the leading causes include nerve damage, arthritis, back problems, headaches or migraines, past injuries and surgeries and infections.

Myths about chronic pain

Pain experiences do vary a great deal from person to person. meaning it can be quantified.

However, the intensity and type of pain that one experience can help give insights as to what the root cause of the issue is hence appropriate is offered treatment

The amount or the intensity of the pain you feel is not an indication of the amount of seriousness of a possible injury you have sustained. There may be no injury present.

The experience of pain can change — pain felt today does not necessarily have to be the same felt tomorrow.