Chronic pain affects about 100 million Americans. Chronic pain is persistent pain that is ongoing or recurrent. It lasts longer than three to six months and can vary in degrees. Read more about What is Chronic Pain?
There are many causes of chronic pain. It could be a one time trauma such as a car accident or it could be a trauma over an extended period of time such as a physical stress on the body.
Two people could experience the same trauma, but each body will react to the trauma in different ways. One could develop chronic pain and the other may not. We are all different and our bodies also react different.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, knowing the causes of chronic pain will help you on your road to recovery.
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Here are some, but not all, the causes of chronic pain:
- an injury
- joint pain
- nerve damage
- a chronic illness
- back pain
- spinal conditions
My chronic pain was triggered by my service in the military. Certain military exercises I participated in and certain weapons I was required to handle put a lot of physical stress on my body triggering the chronic pain I know and live with each day.
Knowing the cause of your chronic pain will also help with emotional and mental healing. Before the cause of my chronic pain was known, I was very angry with my body. I thought my body was just shutting down on me and couldn’t take the daily tasks. That was not the case at all.
Once I learned the source of my pain, I came to terms with it. I was able to accept my pain and move into the physical stages of recovery. Physically recovering is hard, but the emotional and mental recovery was even harder. Read my story.