How Can Chronic Pain Affect Your Quality of Life?

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Chronic pain lasts for longer than three months and persists at varying degrees. The discomfort can occur every day or come and go. Ultimately, the pain impacts every aspect of the sufferer’s life. When you have chronic pain, your daily activities become a chore. You might not be able to enjoy a social life or the things that once brought you pleasure or happiness. In extreme cases, chronic pain sufferers can no longer care for themselves.

Board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Dr. Asare Christian and the team at Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA understand the impact of chronic pain on your life. Dr. Christian will meet with you for a consultation. He will evaluate your medical history and discuss your pain management options.

Dr. Christian founded Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA on the belief that each individual has the ability to control and manage their pain with the proper guidance and tools. The team at Aether Medicine offers nonsurgical treatment options that help pinpoint your needs. Dr. Christian will provide recommendations and interventions that can help you lead a more fulfilling life.

Chronic pain sufferers regularly become depressed and have trouble sleeping due to their persistent discomfort. You also might feel anxious because simple daily activities have become a challenge.

Why is chronic pain different than other types of pain?

Chronic pain is different than acute pain. Acute pain occurs if you sustain an accident, break a bone, or cut yourself. The pain is not long-lasting, and your body will quickly heal. Chronic pain continues even after you recover from the illness or injury that first led to the discomfort. On occasion, chronic pain can occur with no discernable underlying condition.

Common types of chronic pain include:

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Neck pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Headaches
  • Scar pain
  • Neurogenic pain
  • Muscle pain

Approximately 25% of adults suffer from chronic pain.

Causes of chronic pain

Chronic pain can occur because of arthritis, cancer, or injuries, or have no discernible cause. It's common to have several different causes of pain.

Individuals who suffer from chronic pain often describe the discomfort in the following ways:

  • Shooting
  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Squeezing
  • Burning
  • Throbbing

Persistent pain takes a toll on a person. Many will start to feel tired and have mood swings. Some become depressed. When a person can no longer be physically active due to chronic pain, they can quickly start to gain weight from the sedentary lifestyle. Almost everything has a snowfall effect. Lack of exercise and weight gain can quickly cause coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.

Chronic pain can make you feel frustrated, angry, and sad. Many can no longer do the things that once brought them enjoyment.

Schedule a chronic pain consultation in Wayne, PA today

If you suffer from chronic pain that impacts your quality of life, then the team at Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA invites you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Asare Christian to discuss pain treatment options. At your consultation, Dr. Christian will examine your medical history and answer any questions that you might have. Contact us to learn more.

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