One of the most frustrating things to experience is pain that just won’t go away. A migraine or back problems that get better for a few days, but come back to an unusual extent are just some of the common examples. Pain becomes chronic when you experience it for more than six months or even longer; it could either be episodic or periodic, and the effects are more than just physical. There is even evidence that pain itself can suppress the immune system.
The difficulty in actually treating chronic pain stems from the fact that it’s difficult to find out the cause of the pain in the first place. In most cases, the pain is due to a hidden disease or sickness. On the other hand, it may also stem from an amalgam of different complications built up through the years.The History of Pain
In recent years, more doctors and health professionals are looking at the history of pain rather than just the cause of pain itself. This different approach to treating chronic pain is called functional neurology, and looks at the disease at different viewpoints instead of the traditional ‘black and white’ approach. As Chronic Conditions Chiropractic notes, “Every patient is unique, this requires a very thorough patient history and neuromuscular examination.”
By looking at the history of the patient, health professionals take into account patterns and other factors that cause pain. These symptoms may have no immediate relation to the pain the person is experiencing, and the pain itself may be a side effect of another disease.Multiple Symptoms
Functional Neurology attempts to identify if the pain a person is experiencing is due to multiple symptoms. A recent injury is often not the immediate cause of a reoccurring back pain. It could also stem from years of poor posture or being overweight, or even a congenital condition or the natural aging of the spine.
The traditional approach to treating pain overlooks these other factors, whereas functional neurology looks at all the clues and tries to piece them together if they are connected. In this light, learning about the history is crucial, and can mean the difference between actually treating the person of their pain or having them endure the agony.