Experiencing chronic pain can be devastating. Chronic pain affects you emotionally, mentally and can lead to depression, anger, and irritation. If you consider chronic pain treatment, your interventional pain specialist, Dr. William L Yancey at Yancey Pain & Spine, can help.
Symptoms of chronic pain
When you are experiencing chronic pain, you may experience joint pain, muscle aches, lack of flexibility, stiffness, reduced mobility, fatigue, decreased functioning, skin rashes, and irritations.
Other symptoms that may occur with chronic pain are depression, loss of appetite, numbness, sleep disturbances, lack of concentration, unexpected weight loss, and flu-like symptoms.
Causes of Chronic pain
Illness conditions like arthritis, Lyme disease, and other joint problems cause chronic pain. In this case, your pain will not cease on its own until you get healed of the illness. If you have cancer, its treatment can cause chronic pain.
Another cause of chronic pain is psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, and other mental conditions. When experiencing chronic psychological pain, your body interprets the pain signal as a symptom of an underlying bigger problem.
Chronic pain can also be caused by experiencing an injury. The pain persists even after the anticipated healing period is over. Nerve damage is another cause of chronic pain. When your nerves are damaged, they continue sending pain signals to your brain without the existence of the source of pain.
If you are experiencing repetitive stress injuries, back pain, neck pain, and headaches, you will experience chronic pain.
How is chronic pain diagnosed?
During the diagnosis, your doctor will conduct a thorough review of your history, conduct a physical examination, perform a careful review of all your medical records, and perform diagnostic studies.
Your doctor may recommend further tests such as an X-ray or MRI to check your tissues and bones if you are experiencing chronic joint pain and back pain. Your doctor will recommend a CT scan and nerve conduction test if he suspects damaged nerves cause your pain. Your doctor may also recommend a blood test to rule out rheumatic diseases.
Treatment for Chronic pain
At Yancey Pain & Spine, they focus on establishing the root cause of your chronic pain using an individualized approach. These help them develop effective treatment depending on how severe your symptoms, current medication, and any therapy you are undertaking to give you a lasting solution.
Your doctor may use a combination of medication, injections, and therapies like psychological therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation programs to ensure you get a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic pain. Using interventional pain management, you can immediately start your treatment because it emphasizes the significance of a precise diagnosis.
Your doctor may recommend dorsal root ganglion stimulation to treat you if you are experiencing rare but challenging chronic pain such as pelvic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and phantom limb pain. The treatment targets the specific region of your spinal cord, transmitting the pain, and shuts it down directly by placing the lead directly over the dorsal root ganglions.
If you are struggling with chronic pain, do not hesitate to call or book an appointment online with Yancey Pain & Spine.