What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is basically pain that does not go away. The pain continues for weeks, months, or even years. It is often defined as pain for more than 3 months. It affects 50-116 million adults in the U.S. surpassing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.
Common types of Chronic Pain
- Headache or migraine
- Unresolved injury pain
- Unresolved pain post-surgery
- Back pain
- Pain associate with cancer
- Nerve damage
What are the causes?
Typically, chronic pain is the result of nerve damage caused by an injury such as a pulled muscle or back sprain. In these cases, treatment of the injury does not resolve the pain.
Some people experience this type of pain without prior injury. These cases are sometimes the result of an underlying health condition.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Interstitial Cystitis
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
- Multiple Sclerosis
Treatments of chronic pain
- Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen & naproxen
- Several antidepressants have pain-relieving effects
- Some anticonvulsants have been used
- Opioids such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone and others are effective but they can be very addictive
- Spinal Manipulation
- Physical Therapy
- Nerve Stimulation
You should always consult your physician to determine the cause and most effective treatment. If the cause of the pain is an underlying condition, treating the condition is always the first step. If the pain continues then other pain management treatments are necessary.
Does CBD help?
A study posted in the National Institutes of Health US National Library of Medicine website looked at the effects of CBD on chronic pain and showed there are benefits for relieving pain. Effectiveness and dosages vary depending on the condition and person. Please consult your physician regarding the source of the pain and treatment options.