Health Concerns

Pain (Chronic)

Introduction

The sensation of pain arises in the nervous system. It has a variety of causes, but the experience of pain is variable and subjective.

Pain is both acute as well as chronic.

Acute pain is a protective mechanism that makes you aware of an injury (NIH MedlinePlus 2012; Cleveland Clinic 2008).

In contrast to acute pain, chronic pain is persistent and can last for months or years. Chronic pain can drastically reduce quality of life. We now know that 79% of chronic pain patients report disruptions in daily activities and 67% indicate that chronic pain negatively impacts their personal relationships (NIH MedlinePlus 2012; MedicineNet 2012; Vo 2008).

Chronic pain is often resistant to conventional medical treatments (MedicineNet 2012; Lumley 2011; Coluzzi 2011). Moreover, pharmacologic pain management of chronic pain is hindered by grave long-term side effects.

Opioids are wrought with adverse effects and have significant addiction potential, but poorly appreciated is that even over-the-counter pain medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are linked with liver damage, kidney damage, and even heart attack (Woodcock 2009; Peterson 2010).

In this protocol, you will learn about the risks of long-term pharmaceutical pain management strategies. You will also discover that several natural compounds have been shown to target some of the fundamental mechanisms of pain to provide relief without debilitating side effects.