Chronic 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, fibromyalgia, or neuropathy. 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 in about 40 percent of people who undergo spinal anesthesia or spinal tap. It’s characterized by a dull, throbbing pain that tends to worsen when standing or sitting up. Most sufferers also experience blurred vision, hearing loss, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms.
In general, spinal headaches go away within days. Your doctor may recommend you to drink more water and coffee to increase cerebral spinal fluid pressure. Proper rest is essential. In severe cases, you may need to take hydrocortisone, gabapentin, and other medications.
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.
At Unique Pain Medicine, we specialize in treating sciatica, sports injuries, lumbar degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and other common causes of back pain. We use PRP injections, stem cells, kyphoplasty, and other cutting-edge procedures to restore your range of motion and help your body heal.
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.
Our specialists use Botox to prevent and treat migraines. It’s a safe, effective way to relieve the pain and resume your daily activities. A single treatment with Botox may provide relief for up to 12 weeks.
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 drugs.
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. Full recovery may take up to three years. Early treatment can accelerate healing and improve your quality of life.
Our experts use the latest therapies and procedures to treat these painful conditions. Reach out to us at 347-252-6732 to find out more.