Chronic Pain Specialist

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D. -  - Rheumatology

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D.

Rheumatology & Internal Medicine located in Seattle, WA

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.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is 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.  

What is the cause of chronic pain?

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.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

The most common symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Long-lasting pain
  • Aching, burning or shooting pain
  • Soreness and stiffness
  • Extreme fatigue and sleeplessness
  • Appetite loss
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Damaged immune system
  • Mobility issues

Typically, the pain is concentrated either in the lower back and legs or the foot and hand.

How do you treat chronic pain?

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:

  • Topical pain relief creams
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Relaxation (yoga, meditation)
  • Acupuncture
  • Some doctor-approved THC products

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.

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