Searing headaches. Debilitating back pain. Aching joints. Chronic athletic injuries. Pain that’s difficult to describe and diagnose, but very very real for you. You are not alone, this happens to many of us.
Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to an injury and then it dissipates. Chronic pain does not, it persists, and those pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial traumatic injury that is the cause of the ongoing pain, whether a sprained back or a serious infection. However, there are many people that suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any past injury. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain, etc.
Severe chronic pain is associated with increased 10 year mortality. People with chronic pain tend to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, heart disease and respiratory disease. Chronic pain may contribute to decreased physical activity due to fear of exacerbating pain, often resulting in weight gain.
Pain is a drain, it sucks the life out of you, therefore, it's important to learn how to dial down our pain pathways. Pain is a very personal and subjective experience. Pain will kick your ass, ruin your relationships, and you cannot play catch up with it for it will win every time unless you find ways to do something about it.
There are a variety of different treatments and options for self-management, which gives you more ways to handle any plain flare ups, thereby, allowing you to approach your pain in a new manner without the need for more medications and without more doctor appointments There are extensive studies conducted on Acupuncture especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. Researchers are beginning to understand that acupuncture may be helpful for various other health conditions.