Dealing With Chronic Pain June 9, 2017 When you are suffering from chronic pain and discomfort, it can have a devastating effect on your daily life. In addition to making it hard to perform work and household tasks, your condition can impact your ability to enjoy hobbies and activities with family and friends. Determining the underlying cause of your pain and learning about pain management are important steps in improving your overall quality of life. Underlying Causes of Chronic Pain Many people suffer pain as the result of an injury or illness, but it generally clears up provided they get medical treatment and follow doctor’s instructions. Healthline advises that chronic pain is defined as lingering pain that occurs for a minimum of 12 weeks or more. It may occur intermittently or after engaging in certain activities, and can affect multiple body parts. Some people experience pain as a sharp jab or a dull throbbing, while others experience more of a burning or tingling sensation. The type of pain you have, how often it occurs, and the parts of the body it affects can all help your doctor in diagnosing the cause. Healthline advises that the following are some common types of underlying conditions that can result in chronic pain: Fibromyalgia, which causes widespread pain that affects different muscles and bones; Chronic fatigue syndrome, which causes a general malaise and intermittent pain; Inflammatory bowel disease, which involves pain due to chronic inflammation of the digestive tract; Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), which affects the jaw and can result in headaches and facial pain. Additional conditions that can result in chronic pain include untreated soft tissue injuries, migraine or cluster headaches, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Anytime you are experiencing pain, you should make note of when, where, and how it occurs and any additional symptoms, such as blurred vision, dizziness, or nausea. Schedule an appointment immediately with one of our medical providers, who will review your medical history, order diagnostic testing as appropriate, and recommend ways of managing your pain. Managing Chronic Pain Everyday Health advises that dealing with chronic pain result in depression or anxiety, and treatments should focus on treating both mind and body. These may include any combination of the following: Medications: This may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, anti-seizure medications, steroids, or antidepressants. Therapy: This includes physical therapy to regain muscle strength and flexibility, as well as cognitive therapy which can change how you view your pain and the role it plays in your life. Alternative treatments: These may include acupuncture, meditation, massage, and other types of therapies. We are here to help For additional help in treating your chronic pain, contact CCOM Medical Clinic at (918) 683-0753 to request an appointment at our offices, serving Muskogee and the surrounding areas.