Living with pain is, for many, just as crushing as a life sentence. While it might not have the same dramatic effect as being diagnosed with an incurable disease, pain can affect your life in a devastating way. It’s a constant obstacle to your wellbeing, your happiness, your mobility, or even your ability to socialize and maintain relationships. Pain takes control over your life, and for many, it is a battle of every day to manage it.
Unfortunately, it is often a difficult journey, both emotionally and physically. Strong painkillers are only effective for a short period. When you rely on painkillers for chronic pain treatment, you’re likely to encounter a multitude of health problems. However, finding an alternative solution that can replace painkillers is hard work. Your body might go through withdrawal symptoms if you’ve been taking high doses, which means that while your mind gets used to functioning without medication, you are going to feel even more pain than you usually do. There are effective strategies that you can use to alleviate your painkillers’ consumption before it’s too late.
Your nervous system, on the other hand, can remember physical sensations. As a result, the central nervous system has a memory of physical pain. Consequently, people who deal with chronic pain can often experience pain memory, which is when the brain makes you aware that you are hurting because you did in the past. Physically, your body may not have registered the presence of pain. However, if you can’t erase the stored memory, your mind is going to submit you to the same excruciating experience than if you were in physical pain. Indeed, memories are stored at the level of the neurons, which means that you need to erase them at the core to reduce chronic pain sensations.
Stress related pain for instance, is common in a hectic workplace where it can lead to neck and back complaints. More importantly, stress-induced pain doesn’t react adequately to prolonged exposure to painkillers. In the long term, the body becomes more resilient to painkillers. Additionally, painkillers fail to target stress, which means that your back pain is likely to remain. Painkillers generally fail to target stress, which means that your back pain is likely to remain.
With RA, pain killers affect only the brain’s reaction to pain. FSM, however, stimulates the tissues to de-inflame the tissues and stimulates reproduction and repair of those tissues.
Two basic types of pain
Physicians classify pain in several ways, but the two basic types are Acute and Chronic pain. Acute pain is generally characterized as pain that lasted less than 2-3 months. These are seen in injuries such as a sprained ankle, back pain from yardwork or a small injury from a fall. Chronic pain is categorized as pain which lasts more than 2-3 months and often has a greater intensity, frequency and duration. This is seen in patients with progressive neurological diseases (Multiple Sclerosis and ALS), systemic diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia and motor vehicle accidents.
Autoimmunity is a condition which often coincides with Chronic Illness. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Hypothyroidism are common examples of Autoimmunity. This condition is growing rapidly in the U.S. It is basically characterized by the body’s own immune system attacking healthy cells. Adjusting the immune system involves a collaboration of healthcare professionals.