What Is Chronic Back Pain?
Chronic pain is a pain that affects one of the limbs and lasts more than six months. In some cases, pain signals present in the nervous system remain active for many years. This usually results in physical, psychological and emotional effects, depending on the level of perceived pain.
Some people may experience mild pain and a bit of discomfort, some others may suffer from severe and very disturbing pain. The length of the attacks also varies: some people may only suffer from pain in a short time, but others may suffer from prolonged pain.
According to research, chronic pain attacks up to 50 million people in the United States. Although research continues to be done to overcome this condition, it is still difficult to control until now. Although various methods of treatment were developed, they only helped to cure 58% of all people with this condition. It is important to know how our body reacts to pain.
Because pain arises from nerve stimulation that delivers signals to the brain, it can also be caused not only by tissue damage but also psychological and social factors. The study also found that although to address the underlying cause of this condition is important, but it can not be 100% overcome the pain that arises.
The Causes of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is caused by:
- Other conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis
- Unnecessary body position
- Incorrect body position while lifting or carrying heavy loads
- Being overweight or obese
- Derivative conditions
- Sleeping on the wrong mattress
- Decreased health condition
- Damage to the nerves
- Diseases, such as fibromyalgia, neural rash, spinal cord or sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis (rheumatoid)
Pain caused by injury, severe injury, or infection, can persist even after no more physical evidence of the injury. Chronic pain can also arise even without the cause as mentioned above.
Chronic pain is also usually exacerbated by a person’s negative emotional state. A person suffering from pain is usually susceptible to negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression, thus interfering with the production of natural pain relievers in the body and stimulate the production of compounds that can make the sensation of pain increasingly becoming.