There are two different types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain occurs as a result of something specific (e.g. surgery, injury, dental work, etc.) and dissipates within six months. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health chronic pain is defined as “pain that lasts more than several months (variously defined as 3 to 6 months, but longer than “normal healing”).” The Dignity Health Methodist Hospital of Sacramento explains “a neurological pain syndrome is chronic (long-term) pain that occurs when your nervous system does not work properly because of a disease or direct damage to a nerve or nerves.”There are certain conditions that have been known to potentially trigger or even cause chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia, infections, migraines, arthritis, cancer, etc.). The symptoms of chronic pain syndrome are caused by a miscommunication between one’s brain and central nervous system.
Signs and Symptoms
Chronic pain syndrome adversely affects an individual’s mental and physical health. Every individual is different and could present with a unique combination of signs and symptoms related to chronic pain syndrome. The symptoms of chronic pain syndrome can range from mild to severe. Commonly known symptoms of chronic pain syndrome could include, but are not limited to, the following, as provided by Stanford Medicine:
Chronic pain can manifest anywhere in one’s body. If left untreated, the symptoms of chronic pain syndrome could increase one’s risk for developing adverse short and long-term effects and unwanted physiological complications.
The Treatment Process
There are a variety of treatment methods, including non-traditional options that could be included in an individual’s treatment plan for chronic pain syndrome. An effective treatment plan for chronic pain syndrome will likely require input from both mental health professionals and medical providers. Different types of psychotherapeutic modalities that could be incorporated into one’s treatment plan could include, individual psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), creative arts therapy, and/ or interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Depending on one’s needs, other treatments integrated into one’s chronic pain syndrome treatment plan could include physical therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and pain medications.
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