Dealing with chronic pain is difficult, and uncertainty about how you’ll feel each day can be frustrating. Pain makes it hard to plan your daily activities, and interferes with employment, social life, and family commitments. And pain can be especially frustrating when it strikes out of nowhere and persists.
If pain is making you feel overwhelmed, work together with a doctor to get back on track. Dr. Evan Allen and our expert team at Total Care Family Practice specialize in pain management and are here to help you get relief.
Let’s discuss unexplained persistent pain in detail.
Acute vs. chronic pain
Pain is classified into two types. Acute pain starts unexpectedly, lasts for a brief time, and then resolves as your body heals. You may experience severe acute pain if you have a fractured bone, infected tooth, or kidney stone.
Chronic pain is characterized as pain lasting 12 weeks or longer. Chronic pain can occur as a result of an injury or other health issue. Living with pain of any kind can be difficult. It can lead to a slew of other issues.
For example, pain can:
- Interfere with your daily activities
- Disrupt your sleeping and eating patterns
- Make it difficult to keep working
- Impact your mental health
- Preventing you from spending time with your friends
You might try to push through the pain at first, but if it doesn’t resolve within 12 weeks, it’s best to meet with a specialist.
Find the cause of pain
You don’t have to push through and keep suffering with chronic pain. If you've been in pain for a while, it's time to contact a pain management specialist. Our primary goal is to uncover and treat the underlying cause of the pain.
One of the most difficult aspects of chronic pain is that everyone's pain is unique. Only you understand how bad your pain is. That's why having a clear, informed talk—and having that conversation with the correct doctor—is one of the most crucial steps toward long-term relief.
Dr. Allen has special training in diagnosing and treating chronic pain. Our primary goal is to find the cause of your pain, recommend a treatment plan that adequately relieves your painand improves your quality of life.
Prepare to discuss and describe your pain
Describing pain is challenging for many patients, but it’s an important part of getting help.
Consider the following questions when describing your pain:
- Where is your pain?
- When did the pain begin?
- Does it come and go?
- How does it feel? (intense, mild, burning)
- Do you have other symptoms?
- When do you experience pain?
- Is there anything that makes it worse or better?
- Does it worsen with movement?
Dr. Allen may ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 representing no pain and 10 representing the most severe. It can help to keep a journal of when your pain occurs and what it feels like.
Get treatment for unexplained pain
If you’re hurting, it’s important to seek treatment. Pain management programs aim to reduce pain while also improving strategies to support everyday function. Treatment is tailored to your unique situation.
There are several approaches to managing pain. Your treatment plan may include any of the following:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Pain medication
- Anticonvulsive medication
- Electric nerve stimulation
- Physical therapy
Effective pain management often involves a combination of treatments.
When unexplained pain strikes, you need answers and relief so you can focus on the things you enjoy. If you’re dealing with unexplained pain, give us a call at our office in Henderson, Nevada, and one of our knowledgeable team members will assist you in scheduling a visit with Dr. Allen.