The sensation of pain can be deemed as a necessary evil because it serves an important purpose of alerting you about injuries. Chronic pain, however, is not merely a sensation but a complex phenomenon that is profoundly influenced by the way in which your brain processes the pain signals.
When you have chronic pain, your body continues to send pain signals to your brain even after an injury heals. In addition to the physical suffering, you might develop feelings such as fear, anger, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety.
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. As per certain key statistics, in United States alone there are 100 million people suffering from chronic pain, and 1.5 billion people are suffering from it worldwide. 77 percent people report that they feel depressed due to the persistence of chronic pain, and 51 percent of chronic pain sufferers feel that they have little or no control over their pain. Pain is also a serious health issue in terms of cost. Lost productivity due to chronic pain costs $299 – $325 billion a year based on days of work missed and hours of work lost.
Thus, it is quite clear that the effects of chronic pain are not limited to the pain itself, but can ruin your day-to-day life by manifesting itself in many different ways. If you are unfortunately going through the suffering to chronic pain, the following techniques might help you get rid of some of your pain.