Whether your chronic pain develops after an injury or illness or on its own, the result is often the same: a cycle of sleeplessness, inactivity, irritability, depression, and more pain.
Chronic pain may be mild to severe. It may come back from time to time over several weeks, months, or years. Exercise, good nutrition, regular massages, and pain-relieving medicines—such as Reference acetaminophen or Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Opens New Window (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or aspirin—may be enough to manage your symptoms.
On the other hand, you may have constant chronic pain that is severe and needs more than home treatment. Without treatment, Reference chronic pain syndrome can become disabling.
The lives of your family members, friends, or caregivers can also be affected. The people you count on to help you may also need some support. Reference Family therapy Opens New Window or involvement in a caregiver support program may help.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 19, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation