What Is Chronic Pain?
Contrary to acute pain, which is defined as normal, everyday sensations aimed to alert us to the possibility of injury or danger, chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for more than the expected period of recovery. This could be a result from surgery, trauma or for no reason at all. Chronic pain can stem from a wide variety of other conditions including anxiety, stress, depression, anger and fatigue and can affect the way we function on a daily basis. Although symptoms can vary from patient to patient, chronic pain can include:
- Changes in mood
- Weakened immune system
- Persistent mild to severe pain
- Shooting, burning, aching or electrical pain
- Feeling discomfort, soreness, tightness or stiffness
- Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
Pain management is the process of providing health care to alleviate and reduce pain. A comprehensive pain management plan could increase comfort and help to enhance your life, especially with regards to those suffering from chronic pain. Without adequate care and monitoring, chronic pain can deeply affect how we think, feel and behave. At Synaptic Health, our team of health care professionals can help you find the right solution for your needs.