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Chronic Pain: Understanding, Coping and Treatment

Chronic pain is a persistent and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is defined as pain that persists for three months or longer and can interfere with daily activities, work, and quality of life.

Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can take many forms, including:

  • Arthritis pain

  • Back pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headache

  • Neuralgia

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Myofascial pain

  • Shingles pain


Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can have many causes, including:

  • Injury or trauma

  • Chronic medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes

  • Nerve damage

  • Infections

  • Surgical complications

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can range from mild to severe and can cause:

  • A constant or recurring ache

  • Sharp, shooting, or burning pain

  • Tingling or numbness in affected areas


Coping with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be difficult to manage, but there are a number of strategies that can help, including:

  • Exercise and physical therapy

  • Mind-body techniques such as meditation and yoga

  • Stress management

  • Adequate sleep and a healthy diet

  • Medications and/or nerve blocks

Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Treatment for chronic pain varies depending on the cause and severity of the pain. Some common treatments include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

  • Prescription pain medications

  • Physical therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Chiropractic care

  • Psychotherapy

Living with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be challenging to manage, but with the right support and treatment, it is possible to improve quality of life and reduce the impact of pain. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that is right for you


If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic pain, there is help available. Talk to your doctor about options for managing chronic pain and find support through organisations, support groups, and online resources. Together, you can find a path to better health and improved well-being. There are plenty of therapy options for Health Anxiety available at our clinics in Preston & Penwortham depending on your independent problem, needs and goals including counselling, CBT, psychotherapy, compassion focused therapy.   

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