Chronic Pain & Headaches

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Any pain that lasts for a period of months or longer is considered chronic pain. Chronic pain has many symptoms and causes, from pre-existing conditions to recent injuries.

Chronic pain can make life difficult, but you don't have to go it alone.

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can strike in a number of forms, each of them a serious roadblock to your health and lifestyle. Headaches, joint pain, abdominal pain, and backaches are just some of the forms of chronic pain that can hurt and frustrate you.

Some symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Dull aches
  • Mild, persistent pain
  • Severe, persistent pain
  • Tenderness
  • Tightness
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness
  • General discomfort
  • Depression

It's important to note that chronic pain has a variety of symptoms outside of pain itself. Dealing with constant strain can cause a number of uncomfortable side effects, including:

  • Loss of sleep
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Weakened immune system
  • Fatigue

Causes of Chronic Pain

There are many causes of chronic pain, and identifying the nature of your pain is the first step towards managing it. Chronic pain can be the result of:

  • Recent injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint pain
  • Pinched nerve
  • Poor posture
  • Aging
  • Excess weight
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Often times, chronic pain can come without an easily explainable cause. Chronic pain can also be a symptom of another disease, such as multiple sclerosis or gallbladder disease.

Chronic Pain Treatment Options

Once a cause has been identified, there are many options for treating chronic pain. Before beginning any treatment, it's important to assess your lifestyle. Simple changes, such as increased low-impact exercise, loss of weight and a healthier diet can do wonders for managing your pain.

Some over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can provide temporary pain relief. If your discomfort persists, other forms of treatment include physical therapy, pain management programs, and orthopedic surgery.

Finding a Solution

Chronic pain can be a frustrating, debilitating condition. If chronic pain is controlling your life, seek help.

Headaches

Headaches

Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. For example, up to 90% of adults have reported experiencing tension headaches, and 28 million people in the US alone have had a migraine. There are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.

Headache Symptoms

Here are just a few of the countless symptoms associated with some of the most common headache types:

  • Mild pain, tightness, or pressure
  • Intense throbbing, pounding, or pulsating
  • Pain triggered by specific factors such as stress, disrupted sleep patterns, or even certain types of foods.
  • Vision disturbances
  • Severe pain behind one of the eyes that occurs at least twice a day for 30 to 90 minutes at a time.

Headache Causes

Chronic headaches and migraines can both be the result of hormonal imbalance. Imbalanced hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol can lead to painful headaches.

In addition to hormonal imbalance there are a number of other factors that can lead to headaches:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal brain activity
  • Unusual activity in the hypothalamus.
  • Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress
  • Micro nutrient deficiencies

Treatment

Headaches caused by hormonal imbalance are treatable with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.

For non-hormonal chronic headaches, your doctor may recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure or seizure medications
  • Oxygen
  • Botox
  • Lidocaine injections
  • Nausea medicines or sedatives for treating individual symptoms

Don't Live with Pain

Headaches can make everyday life a difficult slog. BHRT may provide the solution you need to rid yourself of migraines and other chronic headaches.