There is no cure-all approach to fixing it, but scientists continue to add new treatments.
Chronic pain is defined by the Mayo Clinic as pain that is “persistent, lasting for months or even longer.” It’s considered by health professionals to be a specific health condition.
It can be debilitating, and definitely puts a damper on your life if you deal with it. Experts have found that several factors come into play when it comes to the level of pain you could experience, including your genetics, gender, long-term health problems, psychological factors, social factors, past experiences, and your upbringing.
Here are 4 other things to know about this ailment that affects millions.
1) A lot of People Have It
Yes, millions, in the United States alone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016 approximately 20% of all adults in the United States suffered from chronic pain. That’s about 50 million people.
Up to 8%, (about 20 million people), feel what’s called high impact chronic pain.
2) It Can Become More Intense After Healing
When waiting for a wound to heal, you’re bound to feel some degree of pain.
Unfortunately for some individuals, this feeling actually increases once the injury has healed. It’s not always clear why this happens, but one thing is for certain: damaged nerves are involved.
3) Electricity Might Help
A study completed by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has found that targeting a certain region of the brain with a weak alternating current of electricity is helpful. It significantly decreased symptoms of lower back pain.
4) It’s the Leading Cause of Disability Worlwide
Sadly, so many people are currently suffering from symptoms of chronic pain. There is no consensus among scientists as to how it arises and persists. But it’s there.
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