Most people consider “regular” pain something with an obvious cause and duration, like a scraped knee which eventually heals. But pain that isn’t regular – its cause is mysterious, and it persists, even with treatment – may be considered “chronic” if it lasts more than three months. But treatment options are available.
What Is Chronic Pain?
“There are 2 types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain lets you know that your body is injured. It usually doesn’t last long. It should go away as your body heals. Chronic pain lasts much longer. Chronic pain may last months or even years. Chronic pain may interfere with your daily activities.” And because the pain may last indefinitely, people who experience it may also have psychological issues requiring therapy. One option: ketamine treatment.
Where Can You Have Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain can happen in many different forms and appear across your body:
Arthritis, or joint pain
Cancer pain by a tumor
Headaches, particularly migraines
Long-lasting pain in scar tissue
Muscle pain in many locations, such as from fibromyalgia
Neurogenic pain, from harm to the nerves or other sections of your nervous system
Thankfully, many people who suffer from chronic pain throughout their body have found relief with various treatments, including ketamine therapy.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
People suffering from chronic pain often have trouble with emotions, physical health, and social interactions. The condition may lead to other symptoms:
Feeling wiped out or very tired
Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
Drug or alcohol misuse
Relationship or family problems
Usual symptoms of chronic pain include moderate to very bad pain that does not completely disappear as expected following an injury or illness.
How Do You Treat Chronic Pain?
There are many options for treating chronic pain, including self-care and lifestyle changes. When recommending treatment, your doctor may suggest a combination of choices based on your health, and the severity and duration of pain. Popular ways to treat chronic pain include:
Ketamine therapy. Once used for anesthesia, ketamine is now a powerful weapon in the battle against symptoms of chronic pain, mental illness, and other kinds of pain long resistant to other forms of therapy.
Cold can be helpful quickly following an injury to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, and foster speedy recovery. Heat boosts your pain threshold and eases muscles.
Exercise. Remaining physically active, even with pain, can be a helpful method for people experiencing some of the more familiar pain conditions, like low back pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
Weight loss. Many painful health ailments are exacerbated by extra weight. It’s reasonable, then, that reducing weight may help to reduce some forms of pain.
Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). PT works to maintain or restore your means to move and walk. OT helps better your capability to handle activities of daily living, like dressing, bathing, and eating.
Though pain is subjective, diagnosis may result in successful treatment options for pain management.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Sometimes, chronic pain is triggered by an infection or old injury or caused by a disease. Sometimes the cause for the pain remains unknown. Ailments that may trigger, worsen, or cause chronic pain include:
headaches or migraines
Depression and stress
What About Ketamine?
Since its introduction as a pre-surgical anesthetic, doctors, researchers, and private citizens believed ketamine had other therapeutic value – suspicions which were borne out with promising results treating symptoms of chronic pain, mental illness, and others.
If you’re suffering from the effects of chronic pain and looking for a treatment option that works, call us today to learn more about how we can help you find relief.