Chronic Pain - Acute Pain

June 2018 ยท 3 minute read

Pain is an emotional and personal issue. No one can know how much you hurt or understand how overwhelming pain can be when it creeps through the smallest cracks in your support structure, threatening your health, your stability and sometimes even your life.

Pain can affect blood pressure, and many other body functions. By itself, pain can suppress the immune system and can encourage the growth of some forms of cancer. Acute pain can be a blessing when it serves as a warning of possible tissue damage because it can help prevent further injury.

Physical and emotional trauma releases the body’s own painkillers, the endorphins, which are produced in response to orders from the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands. When the stress response is triggered by acute pain, endorphins flood the body, dampening the pain to allow response with the threat. This does not happen with chronic pain. You don’t get “used to pain.” Chronic pain becomes harder to endure and after a time, fewer endorphins are produced to counter the same amount of pain. The body is not able to stay in a fight or flight mode for too long without giving up to exhaustion. The mechanism for coping with physical pain is subject to malfunction just as is any organ system.

Pain is easier to tolerate when you know that your pain is eventually going to end and that you will recover, so it is easier to tolerate. If you have chronic pain, you may feel hopeless and helpless, and your physicians may feel the same, until you get a diagnosis and some specific help.

Chronic pain institutes an extended and destructive cascade of fatigue, general discomfort, muscle aches and decreased physical function. When you feel that the pain is uncontrollable, a sense of hopelessness adds to your stress.

If your job, family, and social life changes, your identity is damaged.Your doctor can help or prevent this from happening by controlling your pain. In chronic pain, your doctor can’t put a finger on an obvious reason for your pain. That does not mean it does not exist. your doctor must understand that chronic pain is not the same as acute pain, and can’t be managed the same way. A lack of understanding on the part of the physician has too often caused chronic pain patients to be branded with labels like “neurotic” .

There are many nonmedicinal treatments for pain and these should be explored first. Chronic Pain Pills can also minimize your pain indirectly by dealing with contributing factors, such a lack of sleep or stress. There are many neurotransmitters involved in you chronic pain, so you probably have to try a number of different medications before finding the combination that works for you.

Also,you must do what you can to minimize your pain by being good to your body, avoiding over work, and refusing to perform activities when you are exhausted or in pain. If you suffer from chronic pain and you feel that your physician is not helping or understanding your pain, make arrangements to see a different physician. Seek a physician that understands pain.