Welcome to the chronic pain store. First of all. What is chronic pain. Wikipedia defines chronic pain as pain that has lasted longer than three to six months,though some theorists and researchers have placed the transition from acute to chronic pain at 12 months. Others apply acute to pain that lasts less than 30 days, chronic to pain of more than six months duration, and subacute to pain that lasts from one to six months. A popular alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing”. Everybody of course has experienced pain in there lives, but chronic pain is a highly different matter.
How many people suffer from chronic pain. Serious, chronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year, many of whom are inadequately treated by the health-care system, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report offers a blueprint for addressing what it calls a “public health crisis” of pain. That figure of course is for Americans so a worldwide figure is obviously much higher. The reasons for long-lasting pain are many, from cancer and multiple sclerosis to back pain and arthritis, and the chronic suffering costs America $560 to $635 billion each year in medical bills, lost productivity and missed work.
A great deal of attention is being paid to Americans who are turning 60, the first of the baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. Baby boomers already appear to be setting themselves apart from their parents and grandparents with more active and productive lifestyles in what formerly were termed “the golden years.” Ironically, though, while people are living longer, thanks to the advances made by modern health care, boomers are also now finding truth in the axiom “The mind is willing, but the body is weak.” One of the most common reasons is chronic pain, where one out of every five individuals takes a pill daily to relieve acute aches and soreness. Forty years ago, pain after a mastectomy was reported to be about 5%. Now, some studies show it to be as high as 50%. Obviously, surgery wasn’t less painful forty years ago. But where people in the past may have simply struggled through potentially debilitating pain, now we ask for help. As health care has improved, the whole medical profession has focused more on quality of life rather than just life. Chronic pain relief has become an important goal in its own right.
And people gain that relief differently, often taking one — or several — approaches, including:
Complementary medicine (also called alternative or integrative medicine)
We have started the chronic pain store to provide information and possible solutions to peoples chronic pain issues. There is a wealth of information out in regards to different treatments and approaches in dealing with chronic pain and we hope to cover as many of them as possible and keep up with all new developements. We hope that you will find something here that will help you with your search for a solution that works for your particular situation and that you leave better informed about your chronic pain and possible solutions for it.