What You Need to Know About Chronic Pain Syndrome

Chronic Pain Syndrome

chronic pain syndrome

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Chronic pain can affect anyone, regardless of age or background, and can occur in almost any part of the body.  Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional, to severe and constant.

What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?

Chronic pain starts with an acute injury or illness.  If the pain of this injury or illness lasts longer than six months it is considered chronic pain.  Pain signals remain active within the nervous system for weeks, months or even years.  It may be caused by a disease, such as arthritis, or it may be the result of an injury such as a back strain. Chronic pain can cause complications which can make the pain worse.  Types of chronic pain may include Myofascial, musculoskeletal, neuropathic, chronic back syndrome and headache syndromes.

Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Pain Syndrome

The following signs and symptoms of chronic pain syndrome can include:

  • Joint pain, arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain, changes in appetite
  • Depression
  • Medication dependence and addiction
  • Social withdrawal
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Limited mobility
  • Lack of energy

Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndrome

There are a variety of treatment options if you suffer from chronic pain—the goal is to provide symptom relief and improve your level of functioning in everyday activities.  Treat what is causing the pain, not just the symptoms.  Some treatment options can include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture, massage, trigger point therapies
  • Herbal medicines
  • Behavioral changes
  • Pain medications
  • Exercise
  • Positive thinking
  • Electrical stimulation

If you are suffering from chronic pain syndrome, please contact IMS Pain Management today and schedule your appointment with one of our pain experts.