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Chronic Pain: Most Popular Articles

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How The Nervous System Detects Pain
Ever wonder how we feel pain? How does the signal get to your brain, and then back to the source so quickly? A look at how the nervous system carries, filters and interprets pain signals.
How to Know if Your Pain is Nerve Pain
Chronic nerve pain has its own unique set of symptoms.
What Is Somatic Pain?
What is somatic pain, and why does it occur? How somatic pain is sensed and how it can be treated.
FLACC Scale -- Pain Assessment Tool
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used. Page 3.
Wong Baker Faces Pain Scale
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used.
Do Somatic Pain and Visceral Pain Feel Different?
Somatic pain and visceral pain are two very different categories of pain. How they are similar, and how they differ.
What Is Ultrasound Therapy?
When you hear the work ultrasound, you may think of pregnancy. However, ultrasound therapy is commonly used by physical therapists to treat chronic pain conditions.
Chronic Pelvic Nerve Pain
Chronic pelvic nerve pain describes pelic pain caused by nerve damage or dysfunction. Types, symptoms and treatment of pelvic nerve pain.
Chronic Nerve Pain Treatment
An overview of both medical and complimentary chronic nerve pain treatments.
Types of Chronic Headaches
Chronic headaches are among the most commonly reported types of chronic pain. Chronic headaches include migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches.
I Don't Like My Painkillers, Can I Stop Taking...
If you don't like taking pain medication, it may be tempting to give it up altogether. However, the risks of pain medication withdrawal can be severe, and may even be deadly.
Male Pelvic Pain Associated With Prostatitis
Women aren't the only ones with chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain associated with prostatitis affects men only. Symptoms and treatment of male pelvic pain associated with prostatitis.
Benefits and Risks of TENS for Chronic Pain
What is TENS and how does it work? Many people find relief from their chronic pain by using TENS. Will TENS work for you?
Common Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain can be hard to diagnose, as there are quite a few conditions that can cause it. Learn more.
Nerve Blocks For Chronic Pain
A nerve block may be performed to diagnose or treat chronic nerve pain. An overview of the types of nerve blocks, and how they are performend.
CRIES Scale -- Pain Assessment Tool
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used. Page 4.
What Is Visceral Pain?
Many of us experience visceral pain without even knowing what it is. How we detect visceral pain, what causes it and how to treat it.
Types of NSAIDs for Chronic Pain
NSAIDs are one of the most popular treatments for many types of chronic pain, including headaches, joint pain and muscle aches. Some of the most common types of NSAIDs for chronic pain and their uses.
Living With Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain can be challenging, especially when diagnosis and treatment are not immediately effective. In addition to medication, exercise, a healthy diet and counseling can help you cope with your pain.
Numerical Rating Pain Scale
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used. Page 2.
Commonly Used Pain Medication
What are the most commonly prescribed pain medications for your condition? A list of common pain medications, and how they are used.
Types of Opioids Used to Treat Chronic Pain
Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that are often used to treat severe pain, though they may also be used to manage chronic pain. Types of opioids, their strengths and how and why they are used.
McGill Pain Scale for Pain Assessment
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used. Page 6.
Can You Rate Your Pain?
Ever wonder why your doctor wants you to give your pain a number? The most commonly used pain scales, and why you should be familiar with them.
What Are Non-Opioid Analgesics?
Non-opioid analgesics are commonly used to treat chronic pain. Types of non-opioid analgesics and what they do.
Women's Pelvic Pain
Women's pelvic pain is often caused by disorders in the reproductive organs. Conditions, symptoms and treatment of women's pelvic pain.
Causes of Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Chronic neuropathic pain can be caused by disease or damage. In some cases, the cause is a mystery. Common causes of chronic neuropathic pain.
What is Neuropathic Pain?
Description, types and causes of neuropathic pain.
Tramadol for Chronic Pain
Tramadol may be used to treat certain types of chronic pain conditions. This article describes how tramadol works and how to use it safely.
COMFORT Scale for Pain Assessment
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used. Page 5.
Common Types of Neuropathic Pain
Chronic neuropathic pain is caused by a disorder of the nervous system. Common types of neuropathic pain and their symptoms.
What is Nociceptive Pain?
Nociceptive pain is detected by specialized sensory nerves. Types of nociceptive pain, and how it is detected.
What is Disuse Atrophy?
Disuse atrophy is another term for muscle atrophy, or muscle wasting. It occurs when a muscle is no longer as active as usual.
Using Heat for Pain Treatment
Heat is one of the most common home treatments for pain. Before you use heat for pain treatment, read these guidelines.
What Is Idiopathic Pain?
Idiopathic pain is often hard to diagnose and treat. What causes idiopathic pain.
Naproxen for Pain Management
Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat certain types of chronic pain. How naproxen works, its side effects and how to use naproxen safely.
Treating Chronic Headaches With Medications
With countless medications available, the choices for treating chronic headaches can be overwhelming. Descriptions of typical medications used to treat migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than the expected healing time, and often has other non-painful effects as well. Chronic Pain can be hard to understand, and hard to treat.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pelvic pain symptoms can vary depending on the cause. The most common chronic pain symptoms by diagnosis.
Conditions Most Often Associated With Chronic...
The term chronic pain can be used to describe a number of pain conditions as well as pain symptoms associated with other conditions. Some of the most common conditions include back pain, joint pain, headaches and nerve pain.
If I Use Opioids for Pain, Will I Fail a Drug...
Worried your pain medication will show up on your drug test? If you take opioids for pain, you have a good chance of testing positive on a urine drug screen.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes and Treatment
Trigeminal neuralgia causes bouts of severe facial pain. What causes trigeminal neuralgia, and how it is treated.
Pelvic Pain Caused by Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are a leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids.
What are Adjuvant Analgesics?
You have probably heard of adjuvant analgesics without realizing it. What adjuvant analgesics are, and how they are used to treat chronic pain.
What Is a Neuroma?
What is a neuroma and what causes it?
Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Many people suffer from chronic nerve pain. Types, treatments and coping strategies for chronic nerve pain.
Spotlight on Phantom Pain
Did you know that even after a limb is amputated, it may still feel like it is there? Phantom sensations can be a problem, however, when they cause severe pain in a limb that is no longer there. It’s hard enough to treat chronic pain. How do you treat pain in a limb that has already been removed?)
Opioid Withdrawal
Opioid withdrawal can cause many complications. How to stop taking opioids safely.
What You Need to Know About Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Common causes and symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, as well as treatments and advice for coping.
How to Cope With Chronic Pain
Being in pain increases anxiety, which adds to feelings of depression and hopelessness. How to regain control of your chronic pain.
Hydrocodone for Pain Management
Hydrocodone is commonly prescribed for many chronic pain conditions. How hydrocodone works, and how to take it safely.
Chronic Post-Hernia Repair Pain -- Causes,...
Chronic post hernia repair pain is a prevalent problem. What causes it, what the symptoms are and how to treat chronic post hernia repair pain.
Heat vs. Ice: Should I Use Heat or Ice for Pain?
Deciding whether to use heat or ice for pain can be confusing, so here is a simple guide to determine exactly what to do.
Pudendal Neuralgia: Chronic Pelvic Pain Caused...
Pudendal neuralgia or neuropathy can cause chronic pelvic pain, among other symptoms. Causes and treatment of pudendal neuropathy.
What is an MRI, and How Does if Work?
Your doctor may order an MRI when diagnosing your chronic pain. What to expect during your MRI.
Diagnosing Chronic Pain
Diagnosing chronic pain can take months or even years. Your doctor will want to rule out other possible causes for your pain using several kinds of tests.
Can I Mix Painkillers and Alcohol?
It may not seem risky to have a drink or two from time to time, but did you know even over-the-counter pain killing drugs may interact with alcohol? The risks of mixing alcohol and painkillers.
Does Chronic Pain Feel Different Than Acute Pain?
Pain is pain, right? Maybe not. Did you know acute pain and chronic pain can feel completely different? Here is why.
What Is Neuralgia?
Neuralgia is the term for pain caused by nerve pathways. Types of neuralgia, and what causes them.
Chronic Pain Distraction
A key strategy for managing chronic pain is to use distraction techniques. Did you know distracting yourself from pain can help you better control your pain?
Opioids for Chronic Pain
Opioids have long been used to treat pain, though their use in the treatment of chronic pain is sometimes controversial. What you should know about using opioids as pain medications.
Coping With Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Learning to live with chronic pain is never easy. This can especially be true when that diagnosis is chronic nerve pain, a form that is notoriously difficult to treat.
Percocet for Pain Management
Percocet is a prescription painkiller used for moderate to severe pain. How Percocet works, and how to take it safely.
What Not to Eat if You Have Chronic Pain
Eating a diet high in junk food can make your pain worse. A guide to healthier eating for those with chronic pain.
NSAIDs for Chronic Pain
NSAIDs are available both over-the-counter and in prescription form, and are one of the most popular ways to treat pain. All about NSAIDs for chronic pain: guidelines and precautions.
What Are Nociceptors?
You may have heard the term nociceptor before, but do you know what it means? Nociceptors detect pain and send signals to the spinal cord and brain. Where nociceptors are located and what makes them fire.
Genitofemoral Neuropathy -- A Cause of Pelvic...
Gentiofemoral neuropathy is a type of pelvic nerve pain that can affect both men and women. Causes, symptoms and treatment of genitofemoral neuropathy.
Six Main Types of Chronic Pain
There are countless types of chronic pain, however there are six main classifications of chronic pain, including nociceptive pain.
What is Work Simplification?
When you have chronic pain, making your daily routine simpler is often a priority. What work simplification is, and how it can help.
What Does Relapsing-Remitting Mean?
You may have heard the phrase relapsing-remitting disorder, but do you know what is means? Definition and examples of relapsing and remitting disorders.
Oxycodone for Pain Management
Oxycodone may be prescribed to treat some types of chronic pain. About the risks and benefits of taking oxycodone for pain.
What Are NSAIDs?
What are NSAIDs, and how do they work? All about this commonly used drug class.
Ice for Pain Treatment: Using Ice to Treat...
People often have a love/hate relationship with ice, but ice can be a very effective pain treatment when used correctly. Read this guide before using ice for pain treatment.
What is an EMG, and How Does it Work?
During your chronic pain examination, your doctor may order an electromyography, or an EMG. What an EMG is, and what to expect if you have one.
What Causes Chronic Back Pain?
Chronic back pain is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. What can cause it?
Plantar Fasciitis - Causes and Treatment
Plantar fasciitis affects many adults, causing discomfort in one or both feet. What causes plantar fasctiitis, and how it is treated.
What Is Breakthrough Pain?
Breakthrough pain can occur at any time. What breakthrough pain is and how it can be treated.
Diagnosing Pelvic Pain
Diagnosing pelvic pain can be tricky, because there are so many potential causes. The most common tests and procedures for diagnosing pelvic pain.
Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic pain can be difficult to treat because its cause is not always fully understood. Check out this guide to chronic pain treatments, including traditional and alternative approaches.
Are All Pain Medications Analgesics?
A guide to the common types of analgesics. If you have chronic pain, chances are you are already taking one or more of these pain medicines.
What Causes Chronic Postoperative Pain?
Chronic postoperative pain is more common than you might think. This article explains what causes chronic postoperative pain, and how it can be prevented.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
RSD, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome, is a disorder that causes swelling and tenderness in the hands and feet. Causes, symptoms and treatment of RSD.
Can Abdominal Surgery Cause Chronic Pelvic...
It is rare, but it can happen: hernia or appendix surgery can cause damage to pelvic nerves, which can lead to chronic pelvic nerve pain. Why this is possible...
Ibuprofen for Pain Management
Ibuprofen is an NSAID commonly used to treat pain. How ibuprofen works, and how to use it safely.
Nine Things That Make Chronic Pain Worse
Are you making your pain worse? Nine things you should avoid if you have chronic pain.
Common Tests for Chronic Pain
You may have heard of an MRI or a bone scan, but do you what it's like to have one? Descriptions of the tools most commonly used to diagnose chronic pain.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Chronic...
Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is an infection that can lead to chronic pelvic pain in women. Symtoms, causes and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease.
Vicodin for Pain Management
Vicodin is a narcotic painkiller often used to treat chronic pain. How Vicodin works, about its side effects and how to avoid a potential Vicodin overdose.
What are Long-Acting Pain Medications?
Exactly how long do some pain medications last? All about long-acting pain medications and how they are used.
About Endometriosis -- Pelvic Pain Caused by...
Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of chronic pelvic pain in women. Endometriosis symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
How Your Doctor Makes a Chronic Pain Diagnosis
Your doctor will run a battery of tests to diagnose your chronic pain. Here are some of the things you should expect when you are being diagnosed with chronic pain.
When Seniors Have Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can occur at any stage in your life, including the senior years. It is often harder to diagnose and treat chronic pain in seniors, but with care older adults can manage their chronic pain.
Chronic Postoperative Pain
Postoperative pain is expected, but what happens when it lasts longer than it should? This article explains what chronic postoperative pain is, what causes it, and how to treat it.
What Causes Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy? About...
Pelvic joint instability is a leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women, especially after pregnancy. Diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of pelvic joint pain and pregnancy.
Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is not only about physical discomfort. Not only is pain felt differently in chronic cases, but it is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, depression and insomnia.
Treating Pelvic Nerve Pain
Treating pelvic nerve pain can be complicated, however often a combination of approaches does the trick. The most common treatments for pelvic nerve pain.
About Postherpetic Neuralgia
Postherpetic neuralgia is a type of chronic pain that is caused by shingles. How this happens, and how postherpetic neuralgia is treated.
About Vulvodynia - A Women's Pelvic Pain...
Vulvodynia is a type of women's pelvic pain. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vulvodynia.
Depression and Chronic Pain
Because chronic pain and depression commonly go together, it can be difficult to separate the two into distinct diagnoses. Each diagnosis is a risk factor for the other. Still, there is hope. The use of antidepressants and other coping strategies can help the fight against depression associated with chronic pain.
Should I Keep a Pain Journal?
A pain journal is a useful tool in tracking your pain from day to day. How to create your own pain journal.
What Are Central Nerves?
The brain and spinal cord are made up of central nerves. How central nerves detect and interpret pain.
Chronic Headache Pain
Headaches are one of the most common chronic pain conditions. Types of chronic headaches, chronic headache treatments and how to cope with chronic headache pain.
What Is a CT Scan, and How Does it Work?
Your doctor may order a CT scan to get a series of contrasting images of your body. What to expect if you are having a CT scan.
Arthritis: Chronic Joint Pain
Arthritis is one of the most common types of chronic pain, affecting all ages. Learn what causes it, how it is diagnosed and how to treat arthritis pain.
Prostate Pain Treatment
Male pelvic pain is often caused by prostate problems. Treatments you can expect for different types of prostate pain.
Can Anticonvulsants Help Treat Chronic Pain?
How can seizure medication help control chronic pain?
Stress and Chronic Pain
Stress is known to increase feelings of pain. But when stress is all around us, how can we avoid it? Learning to relax is the key to coping with stress-associated pain.
Treating Women's Pelvic Pain
Women's pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. What to expect when seeking treatment for women's pelvic pain.
What Causes Chronic Post Mastectomy Pain?
Some women develop chronic postoperative pain following a mastectomy or other types of breast surgery. What causes post mastectomy pain, and how to treat it.
Anti-Seizure Medications for Chronic Pain
Though they are designed to prevent seizures, anticonvulsants are also used to treat certain types of chronic pain. The most commonly used anti seizure medication for pain, and their side effects.
What Are Peripheral Nerves?
Peripheral nerves are the nerves that exist in the body, outside the brain and spinal cord. How peripheral nerves detect pain.
What Is a Progressive Disorder?
You may have heard the term progressive disorder when describing a chronic pain diagnosis, but what does it mean? The definition of progressive disorder.
Can Smoking Make My Pain Worse?
Many people use smoking as a form of relaxation, but did you know that smoking can actually make chronic pain worse? Stopping smoking can help you get more control over your pain.
What is an NCV, and How is it Done?
You may have to undergo an NCV, or nerve conduction velocity test, when you are diagnosed with chronic pain. How NCV tests work, and what to expect if you have an NCV.
Coping With Chronic Back Pain
Don't let chronic back pain get you down! Here are a few simple things that can help you cope with chronic back pain.
What Is a Bone Scan, and How Does it Work?
Your doctor may order a bone scan to diagnose certain types of chronic pain. What to expect when having a bone scan.
Depression Medication for Chronic Pain
Wondering why your doctor prescribed depression medication for your chronic pain? Find out more about the types of depression medication used for chronic pain, and how they work.
What Is Psychogenic Pain?
Psychogenic pain has a primarily psychological origin. Causes and treatment of psychogenic pain.
Can Shingles Cause Chronic Pain?
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Some cases of shingles, however, may develop into chronic pain. Why this may happen.
Aspirin for Pain Management
Aspirin is one of the oldest painkillers around and is still commonly used today. How aspirin works, its potential side effects and common brand names.
Why Am I Taking an Antidepressant for Chronic...
Even if you do not have clinical depression, you may be prescribed an antidepressant for chronic pain. How antidepressants can help control certain types of chronic pain.
Can I Ask My Doctor for Stronger Painkillers?
Sometimes strong painkillers have a stigma. Still, this should not stop you from asking for them if you need them. A guide to asking your doctor for stronger painkillers.
Pain Scales -- Valuable Pain Assessment Tools
Pain scales are commonly used in pain assessment to rate the impact of pain on a person. Common pain scales and how they are used.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation: A Chronic Pelvic Pain...
Sacral neuromodulation, or sacral nerve stimulation, is a treatment used to help reduce pain and urinary symptoms for certain pelvic pain disorders. How sacral nerve stimulation is done, and how it works.
Topical Analgesics: Pain Medications Applied...
Topical analgesics are applied to the skin, and help control certain types of chronic pain. Types of topical pain medications and how they work.
Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) for Chronic Pain
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is a commonly used pain medication that is readily available both over-the-counter and in prescription form. About acetaminophen, its use and side effects.
What is Energy Conservation?
Energy conservation can prevent fatigue, which may help your pain levels. Here's how.
What is Allodynia?
Allodynia can be caused by chronic pain conditions. What is allodynia, and what does it feel like?
What Is Joint Protection?
Can joint protection techniques help your pain?
What is a Short-Acting Pain Medication?
Have you ever wondered how long a short-acting pain medication actually lasts? Types of short-acting pain medications, and how they are used to manage chronic pain symptoms.
Will I Develop a Painkiller Addiction?
Painkiller addiction is often in the news, but could it really happen to you? Criteria for painkiller addiction, and guidelines for reducing your risk.
Eight Common Worries About Chronic Pain...
Worries about your pain medication may prevent you from getting the relief you need. Read the top eight worries about chronic pain medications, and what you can do about them.
Do Cortisone Injections Work?
Many people rely on cortisone injections to decreased pain and increase movement. But do they really work?
Is Chronic Nerve Pain Linked to Skin Changes?
One of the symptoms of chronic nerve pain is a change in the skin's appearance. Here is why.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. Read what causes chronic back pain, how it is diagnosed and what you can do to treat it.
Can Cycling Cause Chronic Pelvic Pain?
Have you ever heard the term Cyclist's Syndrome? Cyclists sometimes develop pelvic pain over time, called pudendal neuralgia. Diagnosing, treating and avoiding Cyclist's Syndrome.
What is Central Pain Syndrome?
Central pain syndrome occurs after some types of nervous system damage. Causes, types and treatment of central pain syndrome.
Finding Your Pain Number: Which Pain Scale is...
Of all the pain scales, which one is best? This guide explains the differences between pain scales, and describes how to use determine your pain number.
Coping with Chronic Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia is one of the more common types of chronic pain syndromes. Learn how you can cope with chronic fibromyalgia pain.
Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia is one of the lesser understood types of chronic pain. Learn about fibromyalgia pain, how it is diagnosed and how to treat it.
Coping With the Pain of Chronic Headaches
Did you know that people who feel they can cope with chronic headache pain have better pain management outcomes? A Some useful strategies for coping with chronic headaches.
Should I Try Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medication is growing in popularity, but is the grass really greener on the other side? Things to consider before going alternative.
Using Corticosteroids for Pain Control
Corticosteroids are often prescribed to treat painful joint conditions. How corticosteroids work, and how they are used.
Chronic Pain Sufferers: What is the Worst...
Migraine? Tension headache? Sinus pressure? Readers talk about the worst headaches they have ever had.
Types of Chronic Postoperative Pain
Chronic postoperative pain can develop after almost any surgery, but some types are more common than others. What causes chronic postoperative pain?
Back Pain Exercise - Can Exercise Help My...
Believe it or not, exercise can actually be good for your chronic back pain. Here is a guideline for starting an exercise program if you have chronic back pain.
What are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters affect how the nervous system reacts to stimuli. Learn how neurotransmitters work in the nervous system.
Coping With Arthritis Pain
Are you one of the millions of people who live with arthritis pain every day? Read this advice for coping with arthritis pain.
What is an X-ray, and How Is It Done?
Your doctor may order an X-ray to help diagnose your chronic pain. What to expect if you are having an X-ray.
Will I Have a Drug Overdose From Opioids?
If you take opioids for chronic pain, recent news events may have you concerned for your safety. About drug overdose, and how you can avoid an opioid overdose.

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