What is Chronic Pain?
The terms chronic pain and persistent pain are often used interchangeably. Pain is said to be chronic if it persists beyond the normal healing time of about three months. ‘Chronic’ simply means ongoing and doesn’t tell us much about the severity or quality of the pain.
Many people are new to the notion of chronic pain because they are taught that pain goes away when tissues heal after an injury or illness. However, this is not the case for 1 in 5 Australians and pain may not lessen when the healing process is complete.
Chronic pain occurs because of changes to the nerves or nervous system which keeps the nerves firing and signaling pain. However, there are likely to be other precipitating factors with chronic pain including genetics, gender and previous episodes of acute pain or trauma. Chronic pain can be intense and unrelenting, and lead to various degrees of disability if it is not managed well.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain syndrome takes a toll on both your physical and mental health. While the pain can be near-constant, there may be flares of more intense pain due to increases in stress or activity. Symptoms include:
- joint pain
- muscle aches
- burning pain
- sleep problems
- loss of stamina and flexibility, due to decreased activity
- mood problems, including depression, anxiety, and irritability
Chronic Pain can lead to symptoms of depression or anxiety related disorders.
Treatment of Chronic Pain
There are three broad categories of treatment for chronic pain:
- Physical (medical consultation, treatment and intervention including dietician and lifestyle consultation)
- Psychological (mind and talk therapies including CBT counselling and art therapy)
- Exercise, Mindfulness and Alternative Therapies including breathing, meditation and prayer)
Here at HPTW we recommend you see your local GP or pain management specialist, book in for a dietician session, and explore our range of therapeutic, counselling and prayer and life coaching pathways.
We have seen great outcomes with guests experiencing a significant reduction in symptoms of chronic pain.
There is hope for you also.