Acute pain (Sudden) is the body's way of saying something specific is wrong! Chronic pain (Persistent) is defined as pain that lasts for 3 months or more! What causes chronic pain? Chronic pain can come from infection, injuries, depression, arthritis, neuralgia, a lack of physical activity, poor diet, inadequate sleep, medications and many other causes!
Five out of six people with chronic pain take painkillers and/or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but 70% still remain with pain!!
Why is this so?
Chronic pain does not respond well to conventional medicine like painkillers (paracetamol, aspirin, codeine and opioids); anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen); antidepressants (amitriptyline) and/or anticonvulsants (carbamazepine) and can actually be made worse by people having good intentions despite a lack of success in treating it!
Conventional medicine treatment might be beneficial for a short amount of time in other words for a quick fix and it comes with side effects but is not ideal for a long-term solution!
Finding other ways on how to cope can often be the answer such the likes of seeing a qualified naturopath and nutritionist like my-self who looks for the causes and treats those causes along with providing symptomatic relief as well!
What can you do to help reduce your pain, lift your mood and improve your well-being?
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