Monday, January 10, 2011

Real and Physical Chronic Pain


It has been estimated, by numerous research studies, that about 15-20 percent of the population suffer from various forms of chronic pain. For many of these people, doctors have not been able to find any clear results from ultrasound, x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans.

This is actual quite common. But it does not mean that there is no physical injury or illness causing the pain. All it means, is that the high tech tests have not been able to show the physical source of injury.  

People with chronic neck or low back pain often struggle to understand their injuries. This is harder when the doctors and their investigations cannot find any clear explanation. This is frustrating for doctors too.

The bottom line is that doctors have to accept what their patients tell them and try to find the best possible treatments. This is the general rule of thumb is all of health care And, generally, the more details that patients can provide, the better.

Another necessary ingredient, of course, is trust. Scientists are devoting their lives to try and come up with better investigation tools. In the meantime, patience and good faith can go a long way. 

Yours with care,
Michael

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