Understanding Pain

Pain is a unique experience. Although two people may suffer the same diagnosis, the type and extent of pain each feels may be vastly different. That’s one reason why the cause of pain can be difficult to diagnose and why effective treatment can be difficult to determine. Pain is actually a message sent along the nerves to your brain to let it know that something is hurting the body. The way in which your brain interprets this message as “pain” is unique to you and can be influenced by mental, emotional and behavioral factors.

Pain is usually a symptom resulting from an illness or injury, and it can significantly interfere with a person’s quality of life and ability to function. However, there are times when pain is no longer just a symptom of a condition but actually becomes the condition to be treated.

Types of Pain

Understanding the different kinds of pain that you may be experiencing (and the terms used to describe them) will help you to better communicate with your doctor.

Acute pain comes on suddenly, usually from an injury or immediately after surgery. It can typically be treated and lasts for a short period of time.

Chronic pain lasts beyond the usual healing time for an illness or injury. It can last from months to years. At times it can go away completely, or it can remain constant. There are a few different types of chronic pain:

  • Intermittent pain is episodic. It may occur in waves or patterns.
  • Persistent pain lasts 12 or more hours every day for more than three months.
  • Breakthrough pain comes on quickly or “breaks through” the medicine you are taking to relieve your persistent pain. It can occur many times during the day.
  • Pain flares are short-term increases in one’s usual level of pain. This pain suddenly erupts or emerges with or without an aggravating event or activity.

At Commerce Pain Management, we treat a wide range of conditions that can cause acute or chronic pain. Our highly skilled doctors will assess your condition to determine the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan that may include medication management, injections, chiropractic or massage therapy.Learn more about the treatments and pain management services we provide.

To learn more about pain, see our questions about pain, check out our list of resources or visit our comprehensive patient education library. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Commerce, Georgia at (706) 423-9449 or you can request an appointment online.