What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
Have you been enduring endless pain in your body parts even after that bad-looking injury healed long ago? Are you tired of visiting doctors with this complaint but with no results? Is your pain confusing your doctors? Well, if you have answered yes to these questions, you are the victim of Chronic Pain Syndrome.
What Exactly Is This Syndrome Then?
CPS or Chronic Pain Syndrome is the non-acute, persisting pain that continues to show its affect even after an injury is healed. Some people suffer Chronic Pain in the absence of any injury or damage. Acute pain lasts for a maximum of three months depending upon the severity of injury but chronic pain can last for more than six months.
Because the cause of pain could be due to several factors, the challenging task of finding a reason for this pain has remained an unsolved puzzle to the doctors.
The symptoms associated with Chronic Pain makes it even more difficult for the healthcare professionals to figure out the exact site or organ of the body which is acting as the pain originator. This could be due to the involvement of one or more body systems in causing the pain, making it difficult to administer drugs aimed at that particular system to reduce pain.
Chronic Pain Syndrome and Psychological Factors:
Due to the continuous attacks of pain, victims may not be ale to work properly. Moreover, they might experience gradual loss of appetite and their bodies cannot tolerate excessive physical activity. The pain gradually deprives them of their sleep leading to psychological problems such as depression, hypochondriasis etc.
Conditions Leading to CPS:
Several disease conditions could result in chronic pain. An individual may be suffering form two or more co-existing chronic pain conditions. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, vulvodynia are some of the conditions.
Chronic Pain Syndrome can be treated to an extent using acupuncture, medications, brain stimulation and surgery in some cases. Psychological treatment can be given in the form of psychotherapy, behavior modification, relaxation therapies etc.
With your medical practitioner’s advice, start getting treatment for this painful syndrome.