What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?

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Pain. We all experience it at one point or another. It may be pain from an injury, pain that stems from a disease or debilitating pain from chronic pain syndrome. Chronic pain syndrome can disrupt our relationships, work and recreation and may cause long-term damages to the body. So where does your pain fit in? Let’s find out.

Check out this staggering statistic: approximately 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain syndrome—that’s a pain that lasts longer than six months. It can be excruciating, a nuisance, continue for days or pop up at random times. If you have chronic pain syndrome, signals of pain can stay active in your nervous system for months or even years. As you can imagine, or are currently experiencing, this can take an emotional and physical toll on a person.

The emotional toll of chronic pain can actually make it worse. All of those emotions that may come along with pain like depression, anger, stress or anxiety may decrease your body’s production of natural painkillers and can amplify those sensations of pain.

Some common forms of chronic pain syndrome are in joint pain, headaches, injury, back aches, sinus pain, nerve pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of chronic pain syndrome may include:

  • Feeling sleepy or extremely tired
  • Withdrawal from activity
  • A weakened immune system
  • Mood swings that may include anxiety, stress, irritability, fear, depression or hopelessness
  • Disability

If pain has become the main focus of your everyday life, it’s time for a change. If you are living with chronic pain syndrome, there are treatment options to find relief. From effective medications to electrical stimulation, your doctor can determine how chronic pain developed and what the most effective treatment option is for you. Schedule an appointment today with one of IMS Pain Management’s experienced physicians to find your best treatment plan. With help, you may be able to return to a more active and fulfilling life after treating your chronic pain syndrome.

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