Chronic pain, pain that lasts for months or years, is caused by many different factors, which makes it difficult to diagnose. It can stem from a previous medical condition or the nervous system sending pain signals to the brain with no damage. But what if you have chronic pain because you are already predisposed? There are chronic pain syndromes (CPS) that are hereditary, and if someone you share DNA with has it, you may be more likely to develop one of these genetic conditions.
5 Genetic Conditions Causing Chronic Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
One of the most common chronic pain syndromes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), is not to be taken lightly. Backache, nausea, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, stomach pain, cramping are all symptoms of IBS. What you eat can significantly help or worsen your symptoms. This long-term condition affects 50% more women than men.
Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP)
It is not uncommon for CPP to occur long after the original problem that caused the pain is gone or has subsided. But the pain continues. In women, CPP pain may be in the lower abdomen (below the bellybutton), vulva/vagina, tailbone, anus, or perineum. In men, the pain may occur in the lower abdomen, perineum, tailbone, anus, penis, or testes. Lower back pain is present in both men and women. You may see changes in the function of these organs: bowels, bladder, and sexual pains.
Localized or widespread, musculoskeletal pain, can be damaging physically and mentally. It affects the bones, joints, tendons, muscles, and nerves. The most common ailment of musculoskeletal pain is lower back pain. Other common types are myalgia, stress fractures, and tendonitis. Symptoms vary from person to person but they may include: aching or stiffness of entire body, twitching muscles, burning sensation in muscles, feeling your muscles have been overworked, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye is a result from the tear duct not providing proper lubrication for your eyes. If you do not produce enough tears or poor-quality tears then you may suffer from Dry Eyes. The most common symptom is stinging or burning in your eyes. But you can also have string-like mucus around your eyes, constant tired eyes, blurred vision, sensation of having something in your eye, eye redness, sensitivity to light, or difficulty driving at night.
An attack can happen at any moment, a room that’s too bright, a loud sound, or just doing every day activities. Migraines can cause significant pain for minutes, hours, or days in your head. Often you feel intense throbbing or pulsating in your head and it’s followed by vomiting, nausea, and an intense sensitivity to light and sound. When this happens you can only think of lying in a dark and quiet room, removing yourself from your life. Migraines repeatedly go untreated or undiagnosed when they can be treated. This is the most prevalent genetic chronic pain syndrome.
Living with chronic pain can render you helpless and not living the best life you can. If you find that you’re removing yourself from your everyday activities because of pain, then it is time to get treated. Schedule an appointment with IMS Pain Management to manage your pain before it manages you.