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WHAT IS THE NATURE OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN?

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WHAT IS THE NATURE OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN?

It is difficult for a person with chronic pain to identify the exact source of pain. Often the pain is spreading, throbbing, it may usually be also felt in other parts of the body. For this reason, during the initial consultation pain physician provides the patient with a pain questionnaire, in order to evaluate the nature and scale of the felt pain.

WHAT NATURE OF PAIN CAN A PERSON EXPERIENCE?

It is quite difficult for a patient, especially if it is the first visit, to identify the nature of the pain they are experiencing. After all, every person feels pain and its intensity can be experienced very individually. For this reason, the initial pain physician’s consultation can take an entire hour and sometimes longer. The specialist, who has been working for many years, is able to listen to the patient’s complaints and ask the right questions, which help to understand the nature of the patient’s pain. By providing a pain questionnaire, the doctor seeks to assess not only the severity of the pain but also the location.

Before the appointment with a pain physician, take some time evaluating the pain that you suffer from:

  • Burning  
  • Nagging
  • Pressing
  • Tightening
  • Tingling
  •  Throbbing
  •  Superficial
  • Boring
  • Galvanic
  • Crushing
  • Stabbing
  • Piercing
  • Dull
  • Clamping
  • Stretching
  • Squeezing 

It is usually the best to evaluate the pain multiple times at different periods as you may mark completely different descriptions. Most importantly is to listen to your body and try to name exactly what, where and how do you feel the pain. Of course, you can always provide your own description. As mentioned, we each feel pain in our own way. Being clear about the nature of the pain will help both you and the practitioner, so the communication will be smoother.

WHAT ARE THE RELATED SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC PAIN?

Pain is not an isolated sensation. It affects both physical and psychological well-being. People who have been living with chronic pain for many years are usually able to name its periodicity and the factors that trigger it. In addition, pain is often accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms that interrupt the rhythm of a person’s life. Here are some possible pain-related symptoms to look out for:

  • Stomach aches;
  • Nausea/vomiting;
  • Lack of appetite;
  • Defecation disorder;
  • Disorder of urination;
  • Body temperature fluctuation;
  • Heart rhythm disorders;
  • Arterial blood pressure fluctuations;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Sleep disorder;
  • Fatigue;
  • Fear;
  • Anxiety;
  • Lack of mood;
  • Inactivity.
WHERE DO YOU FEEL THE BACK PAIN?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to name the exact spot where the pain is felt. Chronic pain can affect in a way that it seems that the whole body hurts, not just a specific part of it. Here is a short list of things to look for when determining the source of pain. This will help the patient more easily and accurately identify where the pain is the greatest. The doctor will be able to properly offer the best treatment. Take your time, listen to your body. The better you are able to describe your senses, the more effective the course of treatment will be.

WHERE DOES IT HURT:

NECK

  • The pain occurs when you bend your head forward
  • You feel pain while coughing or sneezing
  • The pain is constant, not coming and going
  • Occasional shooting pains down the arm

 

SHOULDER

  • Sometimes the pain appears when you try to look up or down
  • Sometimes a burning pain in the lower neck appears
  • Usually one or another side of the shoulder hurts
  • Occasional shooting pains down the arm

 

MIDDLE BACK

  • It hurts the most when you try to lean forward, twist or lift something
  • It hurts if you breathe deeply

 

CENTRAL LOWER BACK

  • The pain is felt even while sitting
  • It hurts when you try to lean forward or lift something
  • The pain is constant, not coming and going
  • Occasional shooting pains down the leg

 

LATERAL LOWER BACK

  • The pain is felt when climbing stairs 
  • It hurts when you are just standing still
  • Radiating pain from the hip round the buttock to the thigh

 

If you suffer from chronic pain, consult our specialists – pain physicians, neurosurgeons, and neurologists. We’ll help you get back to a pain-free life!