Many people who suffer from chronic pain don’t actually realize it, believe it or not. Some people have a very high tolerance for pain or they think the pain they feel is normal. Some think pain is the natural side effect of getting older. The pain management industry continues to grow, making minimally invasive procedures a great solution for many adults, so if you suffer from chronic pain, it’s a good idea to get an evaluation.
So how do we define chronic pain?Chronic pain is a prolonged, long lasting pain – usually classified as lasting for 6 months of longer. Tens of millions of Americans fall into the category. The range of pain can be from mild to extreme, sporadic or continuous, and totally paralyzing. Chronic pain signals can develop in our nervous system over many years and can take both an emotional and physical toll on a person. Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies are thought to be some of the primary causes of Chronic Pain.
The symptoms of chronic pain include:
- Mild to severe pain that stays in the nervous system
- Pain described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical in parts of the body
- Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
In addition to the above symptoms, other factors can appear from chronic pain such as:
- Lack of interest in activities
- Weakened immune system