The medical community defines pain as acute and chronic. Chronic pain occurs for more than six months. The frequency varies from episodic to constant. The pain is the result of injury or illness. The severity runs from debilitating to mild. In 10% of all chronic pain sufferers, the pain continues after the injury has healed.
For people who suffer from chronic pain, pain is the disease. Chronic pain injures the body in several ways. It has an emotional content. If you suffer from chronic pain, you may exhibit moodiness, depression, or exhibit a short temper.
Chronic pain has a physical component. Chronic pain often deprives a sufferer of proper REM sleep, causing restlessness. Chronic pain can lead to suppression of the immune system, loss of appetite, and inactivity. Inactivity can lead to all kind of vascular problems due to muscle atrophy.
New research is looking into how different cells that surround our nerve cells may be involved in more than just sending messages about pain. They may actually be actors who retell the story on multiple levels. So the story get’s magnified, blown out or proportion. While the injury is gone, the conversation lingers. Neuroscientists are working very hard on how to stop that conversation. Neuroscientists have joined with electrical engineers to create super drugs that work on targeted cells to turn on or off the conversations. They look at those conversations as electrical expressions of what is going on between the neurons.
While the therapy and drugs from these efforts are still a bit into the future, the best treatment for chronic pain right now is drug therapy combined with behavioral interventions and physical therapy. Opioids are a large part of the pharmaceutical portion of the drug therapy. Opioids do not cure or stop chronic pain. They do effectively relive pain.
Tramadol is an effective opioid used for chronic pain relief as well as both postoperative and acute pain. Much of how US Doctors treat chronic pain now is to block the receptors from ever transmitting the signal of pain to the brain for recognition. Individuals suffering from chronic pain should consult with their doctor about opioid use. Tramadol effectively reduces the intensity of pain by canceling the signal that pain receptors in the brain would receive. It does not cure chronic pain; however, it helps you manage it.