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Chronic Pain

April 11, 2017 - Galey Hanna

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Currently about 100 million people suffer from chronic pain in the U.S.  Chronic pain is defined as pain, from mild to severe, lasting longer than twelve weeks.   Pain can be mildly annoying to incapacitating for the sufferer.  The most common sources of chronic pain are headache, injury, back pain , nerve pain, neck and shoulder pain, and illnesses such as Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Chronic pain can create financial and emotional issues that can be detrimental to the patient.  Depression, fatigue, anxiety and anger stemming from chronic pain can all have an effect on the bodies ability to produce its own natural pain killers.  Anxiety and depression can also cause physical pain and suppress the immune system, to make matters worse.  Pain can be in one localized place in the body or in multiple locations.  It can be sharp, dull, burning, or nerve related.  Other symptoms can include sleeplessness, irritability, loss in strength and endurance as well as fear, hopelessness, and disability.

One of the most common causes of chronic pain is back pain.   Back pain can be caused by injury, poor posture, a bad mattress,  wearing high heels daily or improperly lifting heavy objects.  As stated before diseases like Fibromyalgia,  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis can be causes of acute pain and triggers for chronic pain syndrome.  Many times pinpointing one source or issue of pain can be difficult as there can be many factors therefore causing Physicians to utilize several different forms of treatment.  One of the most debilitating forms of pain is Neuropathic pain stemming from tissue injury.  This causes nerves to become damaged or malfunction sending incorrect messages to pain centers in the brain.  A common form of this type of pain is “phantom pain” due to a missing limb; the nerves still carry messages and misfire causing pain signals to the brain.  This type of Neuropathic pain can cause tingling and burning and be caused from Alcoholism, amputation, HIV, spine surgery, etc.

Treatments and relief from chronic pain can be multi-fold.   Doctors are leaning more and more away from Opiates.  In 2016 alone, almost 50,000 deaths occurred in the US from prescription drug over-dose.  OTC medications such as Ibuprofen, topical medications such as numbing cream, physical therapy and exercise, acupuncture, and counseling all are being used more and more widely to combat chronic pain.  Electrical Medicine has been used with great success to regenerate tissue and help relieve chronic pain immediately and over time.  Electrical Medicine is also being used to stimulate blood circulation to heal wounds as well as eliminate diabetic Neuropathy.   Stimulation of the Vagus nerve as well as deep stimulation at the injured area of the back has been shown to significantly relieve back pain.  Our bodies are electrical, we can use electricity to heal.  It completely makes sense and thankfully is being widely more accepted by Physicians and Therapists.

Electrical Medicine works by producing electrical impulses that communicate with the body’s nervous system.  Electrical Medicine has been getting much attention due to it ability to increase strength in healthy patients, help those immobile from pain and rehabilitation.  Other benefits of Electrical Medicine include:

*Improved circulation

*Stimulating lymph drainage and circulation

*Lengthening connective tissue

*Nutrition to joints

*Nerve repair and healing without scar tissue

*Reduction of pain

…and many others.

I, personally, hope to see chronic pain become a thing of the past due to an increase in the belief and use of Electrical Medicine by Professionals as well as the general public.

 

 

 

Galey Hanna