Chronic pain’ is defined as any pain that persists for 3-6 months or more.
Feeling pain is important. When you hurt yourself, the injury turns on your pain sensors in that area, which then sends a message to your brain letting you know that the area has been compromised and damaged. These pain messages are sent to the brain through nerves. Feeling pain is a tool used by the body to prevent itself from causing further damage or injury. The pain normally stops as your body heals.
Many people think that chronic pain is a more severe type of pain. This is incorrect. Chronic Pain is defined as any pain that persists for 3-6 months or more. People suffering with chronic pain are often hurting for months to years after the injury. Chronic pain doesn’t always have a cause, sometimes it can just appear. Chronic Pain Australia estimates that up to 1/3 of Australians are living with chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can greatly affect one's day-to-day life. Simple tasks such as driving to work, taking a leisurely stroll or playing with your children can be agonizing.
There are a number of variations in chronic pain, including:
- Frequency of the pain - some people constantly feel pain, while others may only feel it from time to time.
- Intensity of pain can vary - some people may have a dull pain, while others may have a sharp pain.
- Location of the pain - some people experience pain in a specific area, while others may experience full body pain.
There are a number of causes of chronic pain, including:
- Previous Injuries (most common cause)
- Previous Surgeries
- Back problems (leading to a compressed nerve)
- Nerve Damage
- Fibromyalgia (feeling muscle pain throughout your body).
Chronic Pain is a difficult condition to live with. If you are dealing with chronic pain and your previous medications have been unsuccessful you can take our Free Online Pre-Screening, to help determine if a Chronic Therapy Doctor can help you with treatments. You can take the pre-screening here.
Our Doctors are experts when it comes to pain management and can help you manage your pain using a variety of treatments (mixing both conventional treatments with Medical Cannabis Treatments). One of our Doctors will provide ongoing treatments that are specifically tailored to your needs.