Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.
With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person. The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.
Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Continue reading
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Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve of our body, which if irritated produces a sharp pain that radiates from the lower back region to the legs. People between the age group of 30 to 50 years, are the most common victims of this condition.
Sciatic nerve pain or sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve that originates in the lower back region and then extends to the back of the thighs and legs. People often use the term ‘sciatica’ to refer to any pain that radiates to the legs, whether it is caused by the irritated or pinched sciatic nerve or any other condition. But sciatica, that radiates from the lower back region to the legs is specifically caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This pain is often felt in either side of the lower part of the body, along with numbness and a tingling sensation. It can be a symptom of several medical conditions, which can compress or squeeze the sciatic nerve.
Its treatment is mainly determined by the underlying causes. It is usually diagnosed with the help of a detailed study of the symptoms and by carrying out some physical examinations, like X-ray, CT scan, MRI scan and electromagnetic These tests and examinations help to find the root causes and help to determine the appropriate treatment for pinched sciatic nerve. Continue reading
Getting a Chronic Pain Diagnosis May Take Several Visits
Measuring pain objectively is a challenge for healthcare providers, and so coming to a chronic pain diagnosis can be challenging. Everyone feels pain differently, even when the underlying cause is the same. Because of this, being diagnosed with chronic pain is not as simple as making a doctor’s appointment and leaving with a handful of information.
It may take many months to diagnose your chronic pain condition accurately, as your doctor tries to pinpoint the exact cause (or causes) of your pain. Many chronic pain conditions have symptoms that mimic those of other illnesses, making it difficult to find the true underlying cause. Finally getting a diagnosis may take several appointments, and maybe even a few consultations with specialists. Continue reading