Much research is current being done on the nature of chronic pain and how best to treat patients with chronic pain. In the US, over 100 million people suffer from chronic pain.
Chronic pain is generally defined as pain lasting more than three months in duration. This pain can be difficult to treat and manage for some patients. Most tissue healing occurs after 3 to 6 months. Chronic pain is no longer a result of tissue injury but a sensitivity of the nervous system. While medical intervention (including medication and surgery) can affect the pain signals your brain your receives, four other factors significantly impact the severity of pain you feel.
These factors are your: 1. thoughts
4. how others respond to your pain
It is true that how much a person hurts is NOT necessarily related to the extent of their injury, the severity of their condition or the strength of the pain signal. These four factors listed above can magnify your pain making it a complex issue to manage.
The good news is that there are things you can do to decrease your chronic pain and regain control of your body. Many people with chronic pain can work, pursue their goals, feel in control and enjoy relationships with a chronic pain management plan.
This video really gets to the basics of chronic pain and what you can do about it.