Chronic & Persistent Pain
What is it?
What are the signs and symptoms?
Worsening pain at the body region originally affected
Other body regions or the entire body becoming painful as well
Increased sensitivity to touch. For example, forms of touch, such as a light brush to the skin are uncomfortable or painful
Increased sensitivity to temperature. For example, cold temperatures aggravate your pain
Increased sensitivity to movement. It takes minimal movement to aggravate your pain severely.
Increased sensitivity to lights, noise, smells, and/or food
Experiencing consistently moderate to high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression related to the pain
Negative thoughts tend to overcome your mind
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms aggravate your pain
Certain environments trigger a flare up in pain. For example, increased pain when sitting in a car, after a car accident.
Q: What is the difference between acute pain and chronic pain?
A: Acute pain can be mild and last a short period of time, or be severe and last for weeks or months, but is followed by healing. Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and lasts longer than a few months.
Q: What is pain?
A: Pain is the brain's interpretation of information from an alarm system formed by the brain and the nerves inside the spine that make up the central nervous system. One can usually expect pain to settle down with time, but sometimes the brain continues sending out pain signals that are hard to stop. Some of these signals may come for no obvious reason, but it doesn't make pain any less real.
Q: Do opiates cause more pain?
A: Opiates do provide temporary relief by blocking pain. But the body will then adjust and increase pain receptors to get the signal through to the brain, so when the drug wears off, the person will end up experiencing more pain.
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