What is chronic pain..info for new people.....

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  1. Jgavi

    Jgavi New Member

    I know I was lost at the start of my DD 10 years ago- Drs werent to helpful and my education started from support groups and this wonderful site. The website www.wrongdiagnosis.com has great information, here is what Chronic pain is...many people dont know!


    NINDS Chronic Pain Information Page: NINDS

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    Article title: NINDS Chronic Pain Information Page: NINDS
    Conditions: Chronic pain
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    What is Chronic Pain?
    While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap -- sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain -- arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. gen exstart profile$ Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).
    Is there any treatment?
    Medications, acupuncture, local electrical stimulation, and brain stimulation, as well as surgery, are some treatments for chronic pain. Some physicians use placebos, which in some cases has resulted in a lessening or elimination of pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be employed to treat chronic pain.

    What is the prognosis?
    Many people with chronic pain can be helped if they understand all the causes of pain and the many and varied steps that can be taken to undo what chronic pain has done. Scientists believe that advances in neuroscience will lead to more and better treatments for chronic pain in the years to come.

    What research is being done?
    Clinical investigators have tested chronic pain patients and found that they often have lower-than-normal levels of endorphins in their spinal fluid. Investigations of acupuncture include wiring the needles to stimulate nerve endings electrically (electroacupuncture), which some researchers believe activates endorphin systems. Other experiments with acupuncture have shown that there are higher levels of endorphins in cerebrospinal fluid following acupuncture. Investigators are studying the effect of stress on the experience of chronic pain. Chemists are synthesizing new analgesics and discovering painkilling virtues in drugs not normally prescribed for pain.



    Organizations


    American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
    P.O. Box 850
    Rocklin, CA 95677-0850
    ACPA@pacbell.net
    http://www.theacpa.org/
    Tel: 916-632-0922
    Fax: 916-632-3208



    American Council for Headache Education
    19 Mantua Road
    Mt. Royal, NJ 08061
    achehq@talley.com
    http://www.achenet.org/
    Tel: 856-423-0258 800-255-ACHE (255-2243)
    Fax: 856-423-0082



    National Headache Foundation
    428 West St. James Place
    2nd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60614-2750
    info@headaches.org
    http://www.headaches.org/
    Tel: 773-388-6399 888-NHF-5552 (643-5552)
    Fax: 773-525-7357



    National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
    1330 Skyline Drive
    #21
    Monterey, CA 93940
    mgordon@mbay.net
    http://www.paincare.org/
    Tel: 831-655-8812
    Fax: 831-655-2823



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