What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is any pain a person has that lasts longer than six months, or any pain that continues far after the point at which pain would normally stop for a given injury or ailment. Backaches, headaches, and joint pain are the most common types of chronic pain. Cancer, arthritis, injuries, years of poor posture or being overweight can also cause pain that refuses to go away. One of the most common causes of chronic pain is aging. As we get older it is more and more common for injuries and ailments to take longer to heal and hurt for longer.

dreamstime_xxl_40767070What Causes Chronic Pain?

Some doctors believe that injuries or flare-ups of diseases like fibromyalgia and can have lasting psychological effects that might contribute to, or even cause, chronic pain. In some cases there doesn’t seem to be anything physically wrong with a sufferer of chronic pain, yet they experience pain that just won’t go away. No consensus has been reached in the medical community about the exact cause of chronic pain in the absence of injury or disease, or exactly how large a role psychological effects might have in the start, or continuation, of chronic pain.

How Can Chronic Pain Be Treated?

Since the source of chronic pain can be mysterious, treating it can also be difficult. Medical professionals walk a difficult path trying to help their patients feel better while also limiting their exposure to dangerous amounts of painkillers. Because of this it may take a good amount of time, and several different treatment methods, for a patient to find relief.

If you or a loved one has been experiencing chronic pain that has severely limited your ability to function normally at home or at work, contact First Support in Toronto today. We can help you get the disability tax credit that you’re entitled to so that you can continue to get the help you need to combat your chronic pain.

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