The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition. Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body's production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body's most basic defenses may be compromised: There is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system. Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the conditions.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain include:
The older a patient gets, and the longer they have diabetes, the more likely they will have nerve damage. About half of all people who have diabetes experience diabetic neuropathy.
Occasionally, severe pain that comes on suddenly may be a symptom of a rupture of the stomach or intestines (perforation), torsion of the testicle or ovary, a kidney stone, gallbladder disease, appendicitis or blood vessel problems, such as an aortic aneurysm. Pain that increases with movement or coughing and does not appear to be caused by strained muscles is more likely to be a symptom of a serious problem. Seek medical attention if severe abdominal pain comes on suddenly, or when new and different mild pain slowly becomes more severe over several hours or days.
Although the causes of back pain are usually physical, it is important to know that emotional stress can play a role in how severe pain is and how long it lasts. Stress can affect the body in many ways, including causing back muscles to become tense and painful. Untreated depression and anxiety can make back pain feel much worse. Likewise, insomnia, or the lack of sleep, can also contribute to back pain.
Symptoms of Shoulder Pain
Neck Pain Symptoms
If neck pain persists and develops into long-lasting (chronic), it may affect a patient’s daily life. Common side effects of chronic pain include fatigue, depression and anxiety.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may experience pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. Symptoms may first be noticed night. Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. If a patient is having problems with other fingers but not the little finger, this may be a sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A different nerve gives feeling to the little finger.
Repetitive Strain or Motion Injuries
Repetitive Motion Injuries Causes
Scar Tissue Build Up