CHRONIC PAIN…

Pain is not just a physical sensation, but a psychological experience.

We most recognise pain as being an unpleasant and emotional experience in our bodies, but it is also a psychological experience in the brain as well.

Chronic pain is quite different, it is persistent and long-lived which makes it harder to control with medication.

According to the British Pain Society a 2005 Pain Survey found that nearly a 3rd of people over 65 experience pain every day or most days. It is more common in women due to hormones and also because a number of the conditions that lead to chronic pain affect more women than men.

Back pain is the fifth most common reason for people to see their GP and is most common in older people and is the leading cause of disability in the UK.

Arthritis is another common complaint through wear and tear of the joints and can affect around 24% of people. The most common form is in the knees and hips.

Chronic pain effects everyone in different ways. It’s a personal thing, no-one knows just how much pain you are in, nor understands how overwhelming it can be.

By itself, pain can suppress the immune system and can encourage the growth of some forms of cancer. It can affect many body functions including back pain.

You can never get ‘used’ to pain and chronic pain is quite different from acute pain. You can also feel hopeless, helpless, distressed and depressed when suffering from chronic pain. Everyone around you will have got used to your ‘look of pain’ in your eyes and sympathy will be far and few between.

They say that depression is a normal response to chronic pain, but you can get help for this. What you must remember is that chronic pain itself can also cause fatigue, difficulties concentrating or changes in appetite.

If chronic pain is not treated it can lead to central nervous system hypersensitivity and muscle tightness, which will then just create more pain.

Only you can judge how much pain you are in, and if others disagree, you should not suffer because of that.

Never give up hope that you cannot get help with your pain, feeling more positive can activate your own body’s opioid system, which can have a beneficial effect on your pain.

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21 thoughts on “CHRONIC PAIN…

  1. I can sympathise as I have had toothache for over a week now and just started antibiotics and very strong painkillers but it is really bad. I have no idea how I would cope with chronic constant pain with no end though. I really feel for people in this sort of situation x

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    • I honestly think that toothache is the ‘worst’ pain you can deal with – you don’t know where to put your head or what to do with yourself. I do hope you recover soon, I presume they have told you to pace your painkillers and anti-inflammatories every two hours so that you have some type of pain killer going in regularly – instead of taking paracetamol and anti-inflammatory together take then seperate leaving four hour gap with each. Take care 🙂

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      • He didn’t tell me that no, but I will do it and hope it helps. The infection is a bad one, the tooth needs to be pulled but I have to wait for an appointment with the hospital 😦

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      • How are you today brokendownangel – I do know how you feel, its awful, I do hope you are not in as much pain, did my trick work? x

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      • Am still hurting quite a lot hun, but once the antibiotics kick in the pain should lessen – I hope! thanks for the tip yeah I think it has helped. I now also have the blonde in pain with bloody tonsilitis so she is laying in a heap like a limp lettuce – not good in my house today.

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      • Oh bless her, my daughter has suffered on and off with really bad tonsilitis for most of her life. She had her tonsils removed when she was 11 but after getting glandular fever when she was 18 she has still suffered with it ever since, even without any tonsils!!!! Hope you aren’t suffering too much, tooth pain is the pits. Take your meds but please, please, check your dosage as when you are in awful pain you can forget when you took the last one. Thinking of you, take care xxxxx

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      • I had mine out at 4 but they don’t take them out as a matter of course now. They have to suffer with it for years for some reason. She is much better today and my infection is much less painful too – thank you x

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      • Have got an appointment to have it ripped out next Monday at vast expense but it needs doing. It still hurts and the taste in my mouth is horrible from the infection but soon it will be no more thanks x

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      • Oh, thank goodness for that – I am sure you will feel much better when it is out – ridiculous it should cost you a fortunte for something that is hurting you.Hope all goes well. x

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  2. There is a lot that can be said about pain. I had some back pain this winter, and it gave me a taste of what others suffer. Fortunately, it went away after about a month… I only went to see my doctor after it had left me. But made the appointment, while the pain was still terrible. That is part of my problem… I don’t like to see doctors when I am suffering. He said that he thought it might have been a virus. Any way, I learned a few things about pain from the experience… perhaps I’ll write about it one of these days.

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    • I would love you to write about it Shimon, it would be nice to hear it from some-one else’s prospective. It’s very draining but you learn to live with it. Take care 🙂 x

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  3. Pain is tiring and wearing and worst of all when others dismiss it. The problem of course is that another person’s perception of pain may be quite different from our own.

    I live with pain on a daily basis. It’s unpleasant, always there, rather like an old aunt of mine from childhood. But sometimes the pain can really kick in and then take things to a whole new level. I have known times when I wouldn’t have been able to move and save myself if my chair had caught on fire!

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    • Hi tylluanpenry – I could not agree with you more about another person’s perception. That is something I have had to deal with on numerous occasions.

      Sorry to hear that you also, like me have to learn to live with pain on a daily basis. We just have to get on with it the best we can.

      Hope your having a good day today. Take care 🙂 x

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  4. I read in Findrxonline that chronic pain is a disease that can be controlled in various ways to improve the quality of life of the person. Many buy vicodin and oxycodone online to alleviate this pain complemented by exercise and a balanced diet that shows great results.

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    • Buying any type of medication without a prescription can be very very dangerous. In today’s Mail a girl bought wht she thought was amatryptyline and was found dead after taking three of them.

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  5. recommended by the doctors to use such opioids exactly as prescribed and for the time period it is prescribed. Using medicines like hydrocodone APAP can cause tolerance and addiction. Such medicines should not be stopped abruptly to avoid its withdrawal effects. If the person using it regularly stops it he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, restlessness, involuntary leg movement, fatigue and anxiety.

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  6. I have suffered from Chronic Pain For 6 years now and the cycle of depression pain and mobility loss are very tightly connected. I have tried to Illustrate this in a Chronic Pain Progression Chart on my own Blog. Click my name if you want to read about this in more detail.

    I will try to Ignore the majority of the spam comments on here that say Chronic Pain can be delt with in many ways and is easy to treat, utter nonsense. If it was, there would be no or very little suicide attempts from Chronic Pain Sufferers.

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