Chronic pain is the pain that persists beyond the normal healing time for most injuries and illnesses. Chronic pain lasts at least 3 months and in many cases has become a disorder in itself, rather than a symptom of an underlying illness or injury. Chronic pain can also be due to ongoing conditions such as arthritis or neuropathic pain.
Chronic pain is a common problem, affecting about one in 5 people in Australia. It is one of the most common reasons for people to see their doctor, with back pain, headaches and joint pain being the most common complaints. While it can affect people of all ages, it is most common in those older than 65 years, affecting one in 3 people in this age group
Chronic pain can affect your ability to carry out your daily tasks and can impact on your general wellbeing. Chronic pain can vary in nature – it may be throbbing, burning, aching or stabbing. It can also vary in severity.
Chronic pain should always be treated – you shouldn’t wait for it to get better on its own. There are a variety of treatments available to help you manage your pain and get back to your usual activities. A combination of treatments (including physical activity, psychological treatments and medicines) is generally the best approach.
Any chronic pain that is due to an ongoing inflammatory or degenerative condition (such as arthritis) will need specific treatment for their underlying condition as well as pain management.
Chronic pain treatment will be different for everyone. At Careplus Compounding , we can customize pain medications suitable for you.
Pain relievers and other medicines can be used in combination with other treatments to relieve chronic pain and improve functioning. In general, painkillers should be used for short periods to control pain enough so that you can continue with your other treatments and daily activities.
It’s important to always take medicines according to the instructions and to check that the medicines are safe to take with any other medications you may be taking.