Perceptions and Misconceptions of Chronic Pain
“At the end of the day, what you have is what you have. Regardless of the molecular mechanism, we need to do something about it”
“Essentially, if you’ve got pain you know what it is and you don’t need me to tell you what it is.”
“The nervous system is like electrical wires that are firing abnormally. That could be due to diabetes, trauma or a viral illness that you might have had and this leads to hyper-excitability within these nerves.”
- Hyper-excited neurone releases excessive excitatory neurotransmitters
- Over-excitability at a neuronal level plays an important role in neuropathic pain
Epidemiology of chronic pain
What are my treatment options?
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Treatment of chronic pain:
- Medical Management
- Occupational Therapy
- Psychological Support
- Nerve Blocks
- Social Work
Medications for neuropathic pain
What medicine do you pick? There are so many. You need to talk with your doctor.
The problems encountered by patients suffering from chronic pain
With chronic pain comes sleeping difficulties, lack of energy, drowsiness, concentration difficulties, depression, anxiety and poor appetite.
“It is always important to have hope. I always say ‘don’t have too much expectation, but you have to have hope.”