Do you suffer from chronic pain? Has your life been turned upside down by pain for which there seems to be no cure? Perhaps not even a diagnosis? Or perhaps you are a relative or friend of someone who suffers from chronic pain.
Chronic pain, defined as pain which continues for 3 months or more, has been described as a disease entity in itself and it should be treated as such.
The Chronic Pain Haven is here to provide you with information for chronic pain management. . These tools and self help techniques for pain management are intended as an adjunct to whatever treatment your doctor or other health care professional is prescribing for you. You should be able to discuss these self help pain management therapies with your doctor so that you can work together to cure or substantially relieve your chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Conditions
Although chronic pain occurs in different parts of the body and can be caused by many different things, all types of chronic pain; fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) back pain, facial pain, tmj, arthritis, headache and others, cause similar side effects which can be managed or relieved with similar therapies.
Common symptoms of chronic pain are stress, muscle tension, insomnia, depression and fatigue. Constant pain wears you out. It can alienate you from family and friends and deprive you of income. Wherever and whatever your pain, many of these effects may plague you. But, no matter how bad things are, you can reverse this cycle of events and take control of your life once again.
The pain management therapies you will learn here work for all types of chronic pain, no matter what the cause. Pain does not have to mean endless suffering. An important part of pain treatment is learning to use the power of your mind. The mind is a powerful ally and you can enlist it to control your pain and greatly relieve your suffering.
This is not in any way to suggest that pain is all in our heads. In fact if you understand how pain happens you will see why these mind body pain management tools do work. This is explained here How Pain Happens.
Because this site is for information on living with chronic pain of any type, it does not provide much information about specific conditions. That information is available elsewhere and links are provided to useful sources of information on various conditions. There is some such information about specific painful conditions, and it will be added to as time goes on, but the main objective is to provide information that can be a help to manage any type of chronic pain.
All of the therapies recommended are safe and have been shown to work. As stated above, they are to be used in conjunction with treatment recommended by your health care professional and in no way to conflict with medical advice. Tell your doctor what you are doing and work with him or her to get the maximum benefit.
What we call pleasure, and rightly so, is the absence of all pain. Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)