Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be classified as moderate to severe pain that doesn’t go away after injury or trauma and is persistent for longer than 6 months after onset. The pain can be qualified as burning, aching, sharp and shooting, dull, constant or intermittent. The pain is usually not completely relieved by over the counter or opioid based medications.

Chronic pain can cause secondary depression as patients might be limited in the activities that they can perform including mobility and social interactions. The depression can then lead to loss of sleep and changes in appetite and suicidal ideation. Chronic pain can also lead to anxiety and stress that could lead to adrenal gland fatigue. These individuals may present with symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and general “brain fog”.