Understanding chronic pain

Chronic pain affects an estimated 50 million Americans. This statistic does not include children living with pain. The misunderstood, complex disease costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatments, disability payments, and lost productivity. Despite the vast number of people living with pain, many within the pain population feel unheard and isolated. In fact, chronic pain is still widely underfunded, misunderstood, and undertreated.

Chronic pain persists, whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that is triggered in the nervous system to alert you of a possible injury. For those whose body is riddled with chronic pain, their pain signals are continuously firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. For some pain warriors, chronic pain begins after an injury or infection. Others experience chronic pain because of underlying genetic causes.

Pain is a subjective experience and its intensity and affects varies from person to person. The individual with the invisible illness is the most reliable source of information when it comes to the onset, location, intensity, triggers and measures that can bring relief.