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.