Body Pain

Is This Normal Body Pain or Something More?

Experiencing any type of body pain is never an enjoyable sensation, but what if your pain is more than just normal body aches? Detailed below are some of the more commonly diagnosed types of pain, and what options are available for treatment.

Body Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people find themselves at the doctor, and a leading cause for people to miss work. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can range from a steady ache to a shooting pain. Usually, the pain subsides in about two weeks, but if it persists longer, it is a good idea to see a doctor. If back pain occurs as a result of a fall or injury, or if the pain is accompanied by a fever, seek medical attention. Pain in the back can also come on suddenly as a result of straining a muscle or rupturing a disk from lifting heavy objects. Gradual onset of pain can be an indication of arthritis, especially if the pain is centered on the lower back area. Osteoporosis is also a leading cause of pain due to stress fractures in the back. Most pain can be fixed with some simple at home care. Over the counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Advil, can help with pain and inflammation. Couple the pain medication with ice/heat, and reduced activity if movement increases pain.

Arthritis

By definition, this disease is the inflammation of the tissue in and around a person’s joints. Typically the disease worsens with age. There are two common types of this ailment: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joints breaks down and causes pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease attacks the tissue that lines the joints. Common symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints, swelling and redness. Typically, women are more prone to this disease than men, and it is more common with age. Over the counter pain relievers, or pain medication prescribed by a doctor, are the common course of treatment prescribed for mild to moderate cases. Sometimes in severe cases, a doctor will suggest surgery to repair or replace the affected joint.

Fibromyalgia

Generally speaking, this is a disease where a person will experience widespread musculoskeletal pain. It most commonly is accompanied by fatigue, excessive sleep, memory loss, and mood issues. Doctors believe this disease changes the way a person’s brain interprets pain signals. What is a normal pain sensation gets amplified in people with Fibromyalgia. The disease can either come on suddenly following an injury, illness, or traumatic event, or come on gradually. It is defined by pain that lasts longer than three months and is usually a dull ache. Genetics play a big role in determining who is affected with the disease, but people suffering from rheumatic diseases or lupus are more likely to suffer. Pain relievers are the common course of treatment which can range from over the counter medication, to pain killers prescribed by a doctor.

Acute Pain

This type of body pain is described as pain that comes on suddenly but does not last longer than six months. Usually, acute pain is a direct result of some type of injury. This can range from a broken bone, a burn, a cut, dental work, or a recent surgery. Generally speaking, the pain stops as soon as the underlying cause of the pain is attended too. Acute pain is the body’s way of indicating that there is a disease or immediate threat to the body. When this pain is not dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner, it can turn into chronic pain.