Chronic pain can take many forms and have a wide variety of causes, but is most commonly described as that does not easily go away. If gone untreated, chronic pain can cause:
- Increased feelings of fatigue
- Reduced activity and energy levels
- Immune response weakness
- Depression and other mood changes
- Short and long-term disability
What should you do if you are experiencing chronic pain? First, of course, you should consult a medical professional any time you feel pain in the same place for more than a couple of days. It’s common for people to want to wait to see if the pain goes away, however, that may end up aggravating the cause of the pain and lead to more permanent damage to your body. Even after you consult your primary care physician, it’s often a good idea to see a pain specialist.
The good news is that many chronic pains can be treated with minimal use of drugs. While a medical professional may prescribe pain management therapies at first in order to provide immediate relief, there are also many options to address chronic pain through physical therapy and exercise. These types of treatments often include stretching, basic yoga, light cardio, and light other light physical activities.