December 3, 2010
Chronic pain is something I see everyday in my clinic. It affects all ages and both men and women. Most of these patients have exhausted all their resources and don’t know where to turn. They may have been told that it is “all in their head” or that they “just have to live with it.” This can lead to frustration, anxiety and even depression as the patient continues to search in vain for answers to their questions. As you can read in the following excerpt from Dr. Greg Fors book Why We Hurt, chronic pain is real and if left untreated it changes people’s lives forever. Finding the right doctor to diagnose and treat is crucial to the well-being of the patient and will make a difference in whether the patient will live a pain free life or continue to suffer.
Why We Hurt by Dr. Greg Fors
Chronic Pain: Ignored and Misunderstood
If you suffer from chronic pain, it is easy to feel isolated, but you’re not alone. Chronic nonpathological pain is actually very common. It is now estimated that as many as 105 million Americans have some element of chronic pain in their lives, and about 50 million Americans are partially or totally disabled due to their chronic pain. Problems involving the myofascial tissues of the musculoskeletal system are the most common causes of chronic pain. The American College of Rheumatology reports that more than 75 million adults in the United States at any given time are affected by pain and stiffness of their musculoskeletal system. Chronic pain disorders of the muscles and joints are the leading cause of work-related disability among men and women aged 16-72 years. Furthermore, chronic back pain is now the most common cause of disability in Americans younger than 45 years old. It is estimated that as many as 10 million individuals currently struggle with a disabling pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, and the number of diagnosed cases is increasing.
When you are one of the millions of the “walking wounded” suffering with the unwellness of chronic pain and fatigue, chances are there is no diagnosable pathology. This can make it very difficult for you to find a clinician who takes a serious comprehensive and integrative approach to your chronic pain. All too often it is dismissed as being “all in your head,” adding insult to injury when your life has already been turned upside-down by chronic pain. In fact, the leading prescriptions for individuals with chronic myofascial pain disorders are NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and antidepressants. This medical approach leave the underlying causes untreated and can cause further metabolic injury to you.
Categorized in: Fibromyalgia
This post was written by Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness