Chronic Pain Syndrome

We understand how discouraging and frustrating chronic pain can be. Let’s work together to relieve the pain and improve your life.

Pain Management

Some pain can be completely debilitating.

Unyielding Pain

Acute pain serves a purpose. It’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. In most cases, when the injury or illness has healed, the pain goes away too. But sometimes, the pain persists for months. This is called chronic pain syndrome, and it’s a condition that is not yet well understood. Chronic pain can feel like slow torture, making it difficult for you to go to work, exercise, or even take a shower and dress yourself.

Ripple Effects

If your pain is out of control, it can also take an emotional toll on you, undermining your self esteem and coloring your outlook on life. This leads to anger, depression, anxiety, loss of sexual desire and other debilitating problems. Chronic pain syndrome is likely to occur along with conditions that involve long-term pain, such as cancer, stroke, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Relief

At INTEGRIS, we understand how discouraging and frustrating chronic pain can be. That’s where our pain management specialists come in. Our team has extensive experience in confronting chronic pain syndrome, relieving the pain and working with you to find new ways of living that reduce your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

Understanding Chronic Pain Syndrome

Chronic pain syndrome symptoms vary from person to person, but may include any of these or a combination of them:

  • Low back pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Burning or tingling pain in different parts of the body
  • Jolts of sharp pain
  • Leg pain
  • Arm pain
  • Neck pain

Medications aren't the only way to manage chronic pain, and they typically don't work when used alone. In most cases, chronic pain syndrome is best managed with a combination of different therapies to reduce both pain and stress. Possible treatment options include:

  • Behavior modification, such as cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Psychotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, visual imagery or deep breathing
  • Medications to help control pain, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants and anticonvulsants
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery to treat any underlying conditions

Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle changes are often used to ease chronic pain, as well as physical and mental health problems that may come with it. Managing stress, for example, may help control your pain by improving your mood. Simple lifestyle changes that can improve chronic pain include:

  • Regular, low-impact exercise, such as walking, cycling, swimming or yoga
  • Plenty of sleep on a consistent schedule
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Quit smoking, if you smoke
  • Staying active – not moving can result in additional pain and disability

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