What IS Chronic Pain?
One of the most common questions patients have is, “I have pain, will that qualify under the chronic pain medical condition?”
Chronic pain is a broad category that spans many types of common injuries, diseases and conditions. To try and shed some light on what can qualify as chronic pain, we’ve put together a Chronic Pain overview to help our patients better understand what qualifies as chronic pain, as well as some of the most common medical conditions that cause it.
In short, chronic pain is pain that persists for 3 months or more. When you meet with a Duber Medical doctor, they will take many factors into account when treating your chronic pain, such as:
- Intensity of the pain
- Other symptoms resulting from the painful condition such as anxiety, depression and sleeplessness
- Whether it is persistent or intermittent
- How it affects daily activities such as walking, socializing, working and sleeping
Furthermore, the cause of the chronic pain condition can be fairly broad and can include the following commonly encountered “head to toe” everyday problems:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Pain in Extremities (Arms, Legs, Hands, Feet)
- Chest Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Pelvic Pain in Men and Women
- Neurological Pain
- Pain from past surgical procedures (outside the normal recovery period)
- Pain from old sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents
Many patients find that a medical marijuana treatment plan with daytime and nighttime recommendations to be very effective in mitigating pain before it starts, as well as treating acute onset pain. By understanding the different strains and their effects, i.e. calming versus uplifting, patients can use the right products to treat their symptoms throughout the day, as well as achieve a better quality of sleep and an overall better quality of life.