Everyone experiences acute pain at some point in their life. Acute pain is the pain you experience when you get a paper cut, stub your toe, or are in an accident. Acute does not describe the severity of the pain but instead how long the pain lasts. Pain is defined as acute if it lasts for less than three months. There are a number of over-the-counter pain relief treatments and prescription options that work for individuals who are battling with acute pain.
Chronic pain is a different beast entirely. This type of pain can be a debilitating condition. There are a number of reasons why you may have chronic pain. Some of them are easily diagnosed. Other sources of chronic pain are mysterious and difficult to pinpoint.
Something that all pain sufferers must understand is that all pain is real. Even if a physician cannot identify the reason why you are experiencing pain, your pain is no less valid. What you need is the help of pain management specialists who are able to work with you to find the right combination of treatments to get you the long-term relief you deserve.
Pain is defined as an emotional and sensory experience that is unpleasant. What often happens is that medical professionals will focus on the sensory experience and not understand that the emotional aspect of pain is just as debilitating as the sensory aspect of it.
Pain does not mean the same thing to everyone. Two people can have the exact same injury and one person can say that they are experiencing pain that is a level III. The other individual could say that they are experiencing pain that is a level V. Emotions, stress, anxiety, and fear will affect the way that your body perceives pain.
This is why any pain relief treatment that’s going to work must be a treatment that addresses the mind and the body. Medications can be great for treating pain. However, they are not always the best option. Some pain relieving narcotics or opiates bring about their own problems. One of the biggest challenges from using opiates is addiction. At times, the pain that an individual experiences trying to break free from their opiate addiction after an injury or after surgery is worse than the pain that the opiates were prescribed to protect against.
No two people react to pain relief treatments in exactly the same way. To get the best results from your pain management treatment, you need to find a specialist who will take the time to understand you and the source of your pain. Look no further than our caring professionals at Neurosurgery and Beyond in Sacramento. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more about your treatment options for pain relief.