Whether your chronic pain develops after an injury or illness or on its own, the result is often the same: a cycle of sleeplessness, inactivity, irritability, depression, and more pain.
may be mild to severe. It may come back from time to time over
several weeks, months, or years. Exercise, regular massages, and
pain-relieving medicines—such as
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or aspirin—may be enough to manage your symptoms.
On the other hand, you may have constant chronic pain that is severe and needs more than home treatment. Without treatment,
chronic pain syndrome (changes in the body caused by long-term pain) can become disabling.
The lives of your family members, friends, or caregivers can
also be affected. The people you count on to help you may also need some
Family therapy or involvement in a caregiver support
program may help.