1. Your pain is not "all in your head"
People in pain are sometimes treated as if their pain is actually made up or greatly exaggerated. While it is true that some people may report pain because they have a financial or personal agenda, for the vast majority, the pain is real and present. It is not made up.
The real problem is that chronic pain is often caused by anatomical problems that are difficult or impossible to diagnose using standard medical tests, and pain cannot be diagnosed like other medical problems (such as a broken bone that can be seen on an X-ray).
Fortunately, most in the medical community are now trying to understand and appreciate that chronic pain is real and needs to be treated and managed.
2. Chronic pain commonly leads to Disuse Syndrome
Chronic pain often leads to long-term lack of physical activity and a condition recognized as disuse syndrome. This syndrome can negatively impact your musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, and psychological and emotional processes. At its worst, disuse syndrome leads to a pervasive lack of wellness that in and of itself can be debilitating.
3. Pain leads to difficulty sleeping and depression
Thoughts and emotions related to the pain also can come into play and aggravate or alleviate the pain. For example, depression, which is a serious disease, can worsen the pain. Sleep problems, again caused by the pain, can also make the pain worse. And increased pain usually leads to increased sleep problems.
4. Pain is deeply personal
Everyone experiences and expresses pain differently. Any two people with the exact same health condition are likely to feel and express their pain in unique ways depending on a number of factors. Newer chronic pain theories now have physiological explanations for how and why people experience pain differently.
When it comes to back pain, this is especially true. Two people can have the same type of herniated disc, but one feels only slight discomfort and the other feels burning, debilitating sciatic pain that is unresponsive to conventional treatment. It is also not uncommon for no anatomical cause of the pain to be detected.
5. Chronic pain is LONELY
After awhile, many people with chronic pain—especially pain that is caused by a condition that cannot be seen—begin to feel isolated. Here the Internet has done a world of good helping people in pain connect with others in similar situations and find a supportive peer group through online communities. The American Back Institute, LLC is an active, vibrant, and supportive community. We offer Disc Rehydration, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Chiropractic Care and Medical Management of your condition focusing on a drug free, natural recovery with Lifestyle Care options to Live 'Healthy To 100'.
Having a clearer understanding of how chronic pain works, as well as the central role that the mind plays in the experience of chronic pain, is becoming more mainstream in the medical community and among people who have chronic pain syndromes.