Everyone has experienced pain at some time or other. A cut, a sports injury, childbirth, surgery, or kidney stones all can produce varying degrees of pain. In these cases, the pain has a known cause and resolves when the cause is no longer there. This type of pain is acute pain. Acute pain performs a function – it warns the body of a problem or injury.
Chronic pain, which is pain lasting months or years, is much different. The pain is rarely still performing a function. Chronic pain can be quite disabling, often preventing people from working and enjoying life. It can lead to people feeling isolated, angry, frustrated, and guilty.
Living with chronic pain can create a vicious cycle of anxiety, dependence on other people, and sleep deprivation. Chronic long-term pain can make it unpleasant for people to live their daily life normally and it saps their energy. They might stop social activities because of chronic pain. They might feel dependent on other people to help with daily tasks such as shopping. It can be hard to sleep for someone who is in pain, or worried about being in pain. Constant sleep deprivation can lead to depression. Feeling helpless because of chronic pain can also make people feel worthless and demoralized.
Pain that lasts longer than 6 months and doesn’t respond to treatment is diagnosed as long-term chronic pain.
Our treatment protocols for chronic pain can include compounded topical creams and gels, suppositories, and oral pain relievers without additives or preservatives.