Pain. Your doctor gave up, but should you? 

It has been a long and ardous journey with your chronic pain; you’ve spent a fortune with medical practitioners that tried to help but your condition remains the same. Don’t relent to pain, the solution is out there, simply overlooked by many.

Chronic pain, or persistent pain that carries on beyond 12 weeks even with medication or treatment, is debilitating and depressing. Many of us have even battled the pain for years, only to keep coming back to square one. Our medical practitioners’ means and ways to combat the condition have been futile, and it is apparent that we should live in pain for the rest of our lives.

Thankfully, that is not true.

There has been a huge misunderstanding about the cause of your chronic pain which many doctors have overlooked, and discovering this cause could be the answer to your freedom from pain.

Fibromyalgia and Neuropathic Pain

These two medical conditions are silent causes of pain, which many doctors have missed.

Fibromyalgia is characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain that comes with fatigue, memory, sleep and mood problems. The origins are unknown, but they are likely to be multi-factorial. Genetics, infections and physical or emotional trauma have been found to be linked. Sufferers often complain of pain in some of or all of these areas: the back of the head, shoulders, upper chest, hips, knees and outer elbows; and other symptoms include headaches, belly pain, constipation, sensitivity to cold, urinating frequently, numbness or tingling in face, hands, feet, amongst others. Fibromyalgia stems from an abnormal response in the nervous system, and you may have more cells that carry pain signals than normal. At the same time, you may have fewer cells that slow pain signals down.

Neuropathic pain is often a result of nerve damage or a malfunctioning nervous system. The pain experienced is usually shooting and burning, and sufferers also feel tingling and numbness. Similarly, there is no obvious cause but common ones include alcoholism, amputation, chemotherapy, diabetes, HIV infection, facial nerve problems, multiple myeloma, multiple sclerosis and nerve or spinal cord compression.

Being freed from pain

If your pain truly results from either of these diseases, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Anticonvulsant and antidepressant drugs are used first to treat neuropathic pain. In cases that persist, a pain specialist may result to an implantable device to effectively manage the pain. Fibromyalgia focuses on reducing symptoms and improving quality of life as there is unfortunately no cure. By administering medications that relieve pain and improve sleep, they work hand-in-hand with physical and occupational therapy together with lifestyle changes that will help the sufferer feel better mentally and physically.