Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain: The Overlooked “Invisible” Disability

Chronic Pain
Written by Nancy

Any pain that lasts a couple of months or doesn’t go away even after an injury has been treated is chronic. Many individuals fail to realize that chronic pain is more than just a physical experience; it’s an emotional one—worse, it’s a disease in its own right. The pain affects every aspect of our lives and leads to significant costs for families and communities.

If you’ve been living with pain for a long time, please know that there’s a way out. Here are some details you need to know about chronic pain:

How does chronic pain affect us?

The impact of chronic pain stretches far beyond our physical state. It affects the patient’s emotional wellbeing, relationships, and almost all other aspects of life. Most individuals who deal with chronic pain find it hard to enjoy hobbies and leisure activities. They’re less productive at work and also can’t help but be absent at times.

Other than physical limitations, chronic pain may also lead to disturbed sleeping cycles, eating problems, anxiety, mood disorders, fatigue, and, in extreme cases—depression. As per studies, chronic pain can also push people to either switch or lose their jobs completely. There have been cases where the severity of chronic pain was even associated with suicidal ideation.

Chronic pain and disability

A recent publication by Harvard Medical School labelled chronic pain as a ‘silent disability.’ The report states that if pain prevails even after an injury or illness has been treated, it may evolve into a disease of its own. At this stage, the pain develops into a prognosis in itself and can be largely disabling.

When the muscles or joints remain strained for too long, the nerves in them become extra sensitive to pain signals. This change is often irreversible. The pain prevents patients from carrying on tasks with the same energy they used to, but at the same time, it’s not detectable to the naked eye.

This is why you may find individuals and even doctors around you downplay your symptoms or accuse you of ‘exaggerating’ the situation. This is because chronic pain as a disability might not always be very obvious.

What can you do?

Even if you’ve been dealing with the same pain for the past couple of years, there will always be someone who will listen and understand!

If you’re based in Calgary, there is no better option than Divergent Health. They are home to expert medical practitioners, physiotherapists, and physicians who will employ multi-faceted treatment plans to provide pain relief.

Other than doctors who can prescribe and carry out surgeries, the clinic also offers massage and chiropractic treatment to provide long-term relief. Get in touch with them now.

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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