Pain can take over your life and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. You may not be able to travel, go to the gym, work, or enjoy the time spent with your family and friends. Getting a good night’s sleep may seem impossible when everything hurts.
Approximately 20 percent of American adults are struggling with chronic pain. Most times, this symptom is due to underlying disorders like osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, or migraines. Let’s take a look at the five most painful conditions so you can identify them at an early stage and receive the treatment you need.
This condition occurs due to inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve, usually secondary to a herniated disk or spinal stenosis. Patients frequently experience low back pain that travels into the buttocks and down the leg. Pain is frequently described as sharp, burning and shooting down the leg. It can be very difficult to walk, and some patients will limp or drag their leg while ambulating.
Sciatica can usually be treated without surgery. Proper rest is essential. Treatment involves physical therapy, NSAIDs and transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI). TFESI is a simple office-based procedure where a doctor injects local anesthetic and steroid around the injured nerves in order to stop the inflammatory response. This will stop the pain and allow healing to begin. If treated properly, this condition should resolve fully.
Back injuries are among the most painful conditions and can have a variety of causes, from poor exercise form to slips and falls. Sometimes, it takes one wrong move to injure your back and endure days of pain.
Treatment usually involves rest, ice, and physical therapy. If the pain is severe or if it has persisted despite conservative therapy, an epidural steroid injection is warranted. An epidural steroid injection is an office-based procedure where a doctor injects local anesthetic and steroid into the epidural space. This will resolve the inflammation and stop the pain. Full recovery usually occurs within 1 month.
Migraines affect a staggering 38 million people in the U.S. alone. Up to three million suffers have chronic migraines, which affects their career, personal life, and overall well-being. In fact, around 91 percent of those struggling with this neurological condition cannot work during an attack.
If you have migraines, you may experience throbbing pain, blurred vision, nausea, sensitivity to light and sounds, neck stiffness, fatigue, and depression. Some people lose their vision temporarily, see light flashes, or have difficulty speaking. The pain is often debilitating.
Treatment options depend on the intensity and frequency of your symptoms, the type of migraine you have, and other health conditions you may be dealing with.
Migraines are frequently associated with neck pain. There are multiple minimally invasive treatment options that can break the cycle of frequent migraines. Those include sphenopalatine ganglion block and cervical medial branch block or radiofrequency ablation. Young patients are very responsive to such treatments, and report an average of 9 months to 2 years of relief.
Sleep problems, fatigue, severe muscle pain, constant dull aches, and brain fog are all common symptoms of fibromyalgia. This disorder affects the way your brain processes pain signals. In general, it co-exists with other painful conditions, such as migraines, IBS, and interstitial cystitis.
If left unaddressed, fibromyalgia can impact your daily life and contribute to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. You may feel like your entire body is in pain. This condition is usually treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antidepressants, and other medications.
Have difficulty raising your arm? Is your shoulder so stiff that you can barely move around? These symptoms may indicate that you’re suffering from frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it’s more common in women, people over 40 and older, and diabetics.
The pain associated with this condition can significantly affect your mobility. Treatment involves physical therapy, rest, shoulder steroid injection and manipulation. The key is to move the shoulder and prevent further scar tissue from forming. This condition takes time to resolve, but can usually be fully treated if properly managed.
At Unique Pain Medicine, our board certified physicians use the latest therapies and procedures to treat these painful conditions. Contact us at 929-363-0303 or book an appointment to schedule an evaluation.