Do you suffer from chronic pain? Are you looking for help and don’t know where to turn? Have you gone from doctor to doctor seeking help but were dismissed or given pain pills and other medications to mask your symptoms? You are not alone, and there is hope!
Chronic pain is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States and around the world. According to an Institute of Medicine Report from 2011 about 100 million U.S. adults alone suffered from chronic pain. This means that chronic pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. The number of chronic pain sufferers continues to rise and the cost of diagnosis and treatment has reached over $600 billion. Sadly in many cases, the root causes are not being uncovered and treated properly and people continue to suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis, severely inhibiting their quality of life.
What is Chronic Pain?
There are two kinds of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a normal response in the body to some sort of injury or problem, alerting a person that something is wrong. It shows up, is treated and heals, and goes away. Chronic pain is pain that persists over long periods of time and is usually classified as pain that has persisted for more than 3 months.
With chronic pain the signals that fire with acute pain continue to fire for weeks, months, and even years. Sometimes an injury or illness starts the chronic pain cycle and continues from there. At other times, no injury or initial cause appears to be present.
Although chronic pain is more likely to affect older adults as they age, incidences of chronic pain are showing up in younger and younger populations. Surprisingly many of these cases aren’t being reported because young people want to be normal and fit in so they’re ignoring their pain and just living with it.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Symptoms of chronic pain can include persistent pulsing, shooting, burning, aching, stinging, or electrical pain anywhere in the body. It can also be felt as discomfort, tightness, soreness, or stiffness. Chronic pain sufferers report the following types of pain:
- Low-back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle pain and stiffness
- Bone / joint pain and stiffness
- Facial pain
- Neck pain
- Intestinal or stomach pain
- Ear and eye pain
- Pain in the limbs and extremities
Chronic pain can also lead to emotional and social difficulties as sufferers deal with the never ending pain. Chronic pain sufferers may deal with:
- Mood disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to work or go to school
- Inability to carry out tasks of daily life such as eating, bathing, and house cleaning
- Inability to care for children or others
- Inability to participate in social activities
- Inability to drive
- Inability to exercise
Causes of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and therefore never properly addressed. At Lifeworks Wellness Center we know that the root causes of chronic pain can be due to:
How We Treat Chronic Pain Differently
Conventional medicine may ignore chronic pain or try to cover it up with pain medications. This quote from the report Relieving Pain in America shows just how bleak the outlook is with conventional medicine:
“For many patients, treatment of pain is inadequate not just because of uncertain diagnoses and societal stigma, but also because of shortcomings in the availability of effective treatments and inadequate patient and clinician knowledge about the best ways to manage pain.”
Not only are conventional treatments ineffective, but the whole premise of conventional medicine is erroneous. Did you notice that the final words of this quote talk about managing pain? At Lifeworks Wellness Center in Clearwater, FL our goal is not to manage chronic pain, but rather to identify the root causes and eliminate the pain all together. We use a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment that examines every possible cause of chronic pain and treats it effectively, giving people their lives back.
Treatment options for chronic pain vary based on what your specific issues are. Here are some of the treatment options we use at Lifeworks to help you regain your health:
Get Help with Chronic Pain
At Lifeworks Wellness Center we listen to you and your body. We don’t try to suppress your body’s symptoms since this the body’s way of alerting that something is wrong. We test and confirm our findings. Then we locate the source of your chronic pain and treat it.
If you are having problems with Chronic Pain, please contact us at our Clearwater clinic at 727-466-6789 or submit an online inquiry form.
Nothing says it better than our wonderful patients who are willing to share their stories about their treatment and recovery from Chronic Pain.
If you or someone you love has Chronic Pain and are seeking effective treatment options, please contact us at 727-466-6789 or contact us online.
Within the first month of treatment I was feeling so much better thatI started to do more things.
My grandson, Jackson Thomas was born just before Thanksgiving in 2002 in Portland , Oregon . He was a healthy 8 1/2 lbs and of course, totally adorable. He was breastfed and slept soundly.
I came to Dr. Minkoff after being sick for over 15 years and diagnosed as depressed, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
When I first arrived at Lifeworks about a year ago, I was actually in denial regarding my chronic health problems which began over 27 years ago. I was exhausted most of the time, unable to walk more than 5 minutes every other day without crashing, severe food allergies...
I have had severe lower back pain for about twenty years. Traditional medicine doctor’s only help was pain pills, which I did not want to get “hooked” on. They did not address the cause of the pain.
I have suffered from acute back pain on and off for 25 years and recently it really flared up to the point where I could not walk without a cane. Bending and moving were excruciatingly painful.
My knee had been hurting and swelling with any activity. If I took the dogs on a 20 minute walk, I was in pain for the rest of the night. An Orthopedic surgeon told me to schedule an MRI and that we needed to do arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus – for the second time in 3 years.
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*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.