Ever have that toothache pain that interferes with you train of thought? Or a migraine that lasts for a couple days? Or that sudden intense moment you hit your toe or elbow on something? Imagine having pain like that every day for days, weeks months years at a time…..
There were days I was so tired of pain, some days I didn’t know how much more I can truly take. I would say That’s NOT a challenge to the Universe either.
It just isn’t physical pain it’s more than that ; living with chronic pain become emotional as well. Now just imagine living with pain for a week, month, year, decade…. longer than a decade. Just think of a toothache lasting a month , 3 months, a year, a decade.
Now that we have been dealing with physical pain for a good while , let’s add some emotional fatigue to the mix, then sprinkle on some exhaustion. As if physical pain wasn’t enough.
Fatigue is common among those living with some form of chronic pain. High levels of pain can stress the body’s physical and our emotional systems. We’re all able to handle some pain up to a certain level, but when the pain crosses that I am sick and tired of living with pain threshold, our body’s cortisol levels go up and this impacts my mood and my thinking
At some time in our life we all experience paiin it maybe physical and/or emotional discomfort caused by illness, injury, or an upsetting event. Though most of us would rather avoid it, pain does serve an actual purpose that is good and seen as “protective.” For example, when you experience pain your brain signals you to stop doing whatever is causing the pain, preventing further harm to your body.
Pain, however, is not meant to last for a long time. Pain that typically lasts less than 3 to 6 months is called acute pain, which is the form of pain most of us experience.
For some people, pain can be ongoing or go away and then come back, lasting beyond the usual course of 3 to 6 months and negatively affecting a person’s well-being. This is called chronic pain or persistent pain. Put simply, chronic or persistent pain is pain that continues when it should not.
I read that chronic pain is associated with mental health …. Here is the article below Chronic Pain and Mental Health
Here is some of what it said. And I must say it makes sense.
Common Chronic Pain Conditions And Their Association With Mental Health
Arthritis: Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints, which can cause disabling pain. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common types include:
- Osteoarthritis (OA): protective cartilage inside the joint breaks down, making movement more difficult and painful – throughout time, bones of the joint may rub directly together, causing severe pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): joints and organs are attacked by the body’s own immune system; ongoing inflammation breaks down the joints and damages it permanently.
- Psoriatic arthritis (PsA): the immune system attacks the body, causing inflammation and pain; joints, connective tissue, and the skin are all affected by PsA.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis which typically affects the hands, knees, hip, and spine. Osteoarthritis, however, has the ability to affect any joint and cause joint deformity and chronic disability.
Specific mood and anxiety disorders occur at higher rates among those with arthritis than those without arthritis.
Due to pain, limitation of movement, and impairment of the joints, osteoarthritis may reduce a person’s ability to complete daily activities and can sometimes keep people from participating in social activities. The frustration with the inability to meet life’s demands and isolation from not being able to participate in social activities may lead to development of mental health conditions like depression, which can happen at any age.
Back/Neck Pain: The back/neck pain most are familiar with is a mild ache that can occur from muscle strain, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, dealing with heavy objects, trauma and/or stress. While not common, back/neck pain can also be a signal of a serious underlying medical issue, such as meningitis, or cancer.
Some symptoms associated with this type of pain could indicate the health of a nerve root or the spinal cord is at risk. These symptoms can include radiating pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness into the shoulders, arm, or hands; neurological problems with balance, walking, coordination, or bladder and bowel control; fever or chills; and other troublesome symptoms. However, these symptoms are also common signs of other serious health conditions, such as heart attack in women, therefore, it always best to consult with your doctor first about any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Mental health conditions were more common among persons with back/neck pain than among persons without.
In a study of adults with depression and chronic pain, those with backaches and headaches had the highest odds of having major depression. It was also noted that having a chronic painful condition made depressive symptoms last longer compared to those without painful conditions
Read the article and give me your thoughts !