Coping with a serious illness is challenging in itself, from emotional strain to related treatments that can cause physical upset or fatigue. Sometimes, however, the disease or its necessary therapies can also cause pain, a side effect that may become a predominant symptom. In some cases, this pain can continue for longer than 6 months, at which point it is considered chronic pain. About 100 million Americans have chronic pain, which can range from slight to unbearable, and at its worst can drastically disrupt a patient’s daily life or mood.
Chronic pain is classified as mild to severe pain that does not go away. Shooting, burning, or aching sensations are common; the pain may leave you feeling uncomfortable, sore, or stiff. If lasting pain is having a negative effect on your ability to manage a chronic condition, exploring different avenues for pain management could make a big difference in your overall outlook and health.