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 obvious reason. Chronic pain can be associated with a wide variety of other conditions including fibromyalgia, 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
- 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. Without adequate care and monitoring, chronic pain can deeply affect how we think, feel and behave. This may start to take over daily life and our ability to connect with others. A comprehensive pain management plan may improve your quality of life. At Synaptic Health, we understand that your pain experience is unique. Our team of health care professionals may help you find an individualised solution for your needs.