Chronic pain is a big part of many people’s lives and it is often overlooked and thought of as something that is easy to live with by just popping some pain medication. Without even realizing it, chronic pain may be causing other problems in your life other than just physical pain. Here are four things you may not have know about chronic pain and the problems it can cause:
Psychological stress. Researchers have found that there may be a direct link between pain, depression, anxiety and substance abuse which is seen in at least half of long-term pain patients. This is believed to be due to brain inflammation in various regions brought about by chronic nerve pain. This can result in high suicide rates.
Limited activity levels. While experiencing pain, it is harder to move around which can lead to a reduction of overall health. This lack of movement or activity can lead to the gaining of weight and the worsening of chronic pain.
Inability to concentrate. Chronic pain can alter the brain morphology which leads to various cognitive and emotional difficulties. The excruciating pain can overpower and control all other emotions and feelings in the body making it nearly impossible to focus on anything else.
Loss of motivation. Studies has found that pain significantly lowers one’s motivation. The study found that hungry mice with chronic pain were less likely to work hard for food even though they were physically capable. Even after the pain was relieved, the did not regain their motivation. Chronic pain has been found to cause a permanent change in the brain, making it so motivation does not return when the pain is gone.
If you are experiencing chronic pain or any of these symptoms, give us a call and we can work through how South Bay Pain Doctors can help.