Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.
The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:
- Understanding pain
- Sleeping well
- Setting positive goals
Let’s get started…
There’s an opioid crisis going on in America and most of us don’t even realize it. With increasing reports of chronic pain over recent years, Americans are searching for something to take the edge off. The easiest, most convenient solution? Opioids. The problem? We’re consuming more of them than ever before.
Have you ever been in pain? I’m not talking about scraping your knee when you were eight years old, I’m talking about real pain. Lasting pain. Pain that won’t go away or goes away and comes back again a few months later. Maybe you or somebody you know is experiencing this type of chronic pain now. You’ve tried everything and nothing helps. You feel like you’re not in control. You feel like a victim.
Let me clarify. There are diseases and disorders that can cause ongoing chronic pain as a normal course of the disorder. I’m not talking about that kind of pain. The type of pain I am specifically addressing here is the kind that should have gone away but didn’t.
There are 3 phases in the pain timeline:
- Acute (3 weeks)
- Sub-Acute (3 weeks – 3 months)
- Chronic (>3 months)
Chronic pain is long lasting pain that you’ve had for more than 3 months. It’s not fun.
There is good news, however – there is hope.