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Persistent Pains Should Not Be Your Destiny

What is pain?

Pain is one of the most common complaints in daily life. Almost everyone has experienced pain at least once in their lives.

Pain is a signal from the body that something is not going well. This signal can sometimes indicate a minor condition (such as a mild headache) or, in more serious cases, it can be a sign of a more significant condition (such as cancer pain).

Pain can come with physical symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, difficulty walking, as well as emotional symptoms like anger, depression, or irritability.

What types of pain are there based on the onset?

We can classify pain based on the onset into acute and chronic.

Acute pain is generally severe, suddenly onset, short-lived, and often occurs after damage or trauma (e.g., injuries such as cuts, burns, or fractures, illnesses like food poisoning or appendicitis, or early postoperative pain from injections or surgeries).

Chronic pain lasts for months or even years, mostly arising due to another disease. Chronic pain is a significant problem that negatively affects the quality of life, causes loss of workforce, and requires a challenging multimodal approach for treatment.

Examples of chronic pain include migraines, joint pains, fibromyalgia, and cancer pains. Sometimes, people can experience pain even after the primary disease (such as an injury or surgery site) has healed.

What types of pain are there based on localization?

We can categorize chronic pain based on localization into head, neck, shoulder-arm, back, chest, and abdominal pains.

What types of pain are there based on character?

Pain can be neuropathic (burning, tingling, needle-like, freezing, electric shock sensations) or nociceptive (dull, throbbing sensations) based on its character.

Neuropathic pains are those that result from diseases or injuries to the nervous system.

Nociceptive pains result from injuries to the musculoskeletal system, such as skin, muscles, and bones, or pain originating from internal organs.

What types of pain are there based on the cause?

We can list pain causes as migraines and other headaches (cluster, tension-type headaches), pain related to neck and back hernias, post-failed back surgery pains, cancer-related pains, neuropathic pains developing from diabetes or other reasons, neuralgias, and rheumatic pains.

How can we get rid of chronic pains?

If the cause of your pain cannot be found or you cannot receive effective treatment, it is recommended to consult a pain (algology) specialist. Algology clinics provide treatment for all types of pain for patients aged 7 to 70. Pain specialists investigate the cause of pain and primarily apply drug therapy. These drugs contain special active ingredients that can only be prescribed by pain specialists. For patients who do not benefit from drug therapy, interventional treatments are applied based on the location and character of the pain. These procedures include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and intra-articular drug injections. Interventional algological treatments are low-risk procedures performed with local anesthesia, without general anesthesia.

Remember that chronic pain is not only a physical suffering but can also lead to changes in a person’s psychological state, leaving lasting effects. Regardless of the cause, effective pain treatment is every patient’s natural right. Do not let persistent pain turn your life into a nightmare!

Pain-free days, healthy living!!!

Dostali Aliyev

Algology (Pain) Specialist