Nobody’s immune from pain; what makes the difference is the recovery. People suffering from chronic pain have a much harder time recovering from it, sometimes taking years to convalesce from an injury. Serving the Seattle area, Christi D. Kenyon, MD helps you find the source of your pain and develops a pain management program that will help you live your life with minimal aches. Contact Dr. Kenyon today to learn more about chronic pain.
Pain is chronic when it endures for extended periods, often six months or longer. Usually, the inability to overcome the pain is related to long-standing medical conditions or acute bodily damage.
Chronic pain affects every aspect of your daily life and makes even getting out of bed seem impossible. On top of the constant pain, it can severely affect your mental health and often causes depression and anxiety.
Usually, it’s triggered by an injury or painful condition, including — but not limited to — arthritis, back pain, nerve damage, headaches, and muscle strains. It may also result from normal factors of aging.
Because chronic pain can have various causes, doctors have had some trouble diagnosing it. Experts say it might be related to the nervous system’s inability to handle stress properly, effectively producing different kinds of pain.
The most common symptoms of chronic pain include:
Typically, the pain is concentrated either in the lower back and legs or the foot and hand.
Dr. Kenyon's priority is developing well-suited pain management regimens that will allow you to live with minimal discomfort. She can reduce chronic pain through a combination of physical and occupational therapies, as well as pain medicine and stress-reducing activity.
Some other pain relieving methods include:
Dr. Kenyon might also recommend targeting and blocking the nerves that transmit pain signals by heating them.
If you’re tired of aching with no end in sight, call Dr. Kenyon today to start plotting your recovery.