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PAIN

Acute pain occurs suddenly, usually in a matter of days or weeks. ‘Subacute’ pain refers to pain that lasts an intermediate phase of time, generally between 6 to 12 weeks. Unremitting pain that lasts beyond 12 weeks is considered to be ‘chronic’ pain.

Pain is a nervous system response that, for the most part, is intended to have protective effects on the body. People experiencing pain may have tingling or sharp sensations.

DIAGNOSIS

The diagnosis for pain is relative and treatment depends on the source of the pain sensation. Consultation is required when:

  • Pain hasn’t gone away after 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Pain contributes to stress, anxiety or depression.
  • You find yourself no longer able to relax.
  • You can’t exercise or participate in activities as you once did.
  • The interventions that used to control your pain are no longer effective.

 

TREATMENT

Medications can help reduce pain signals. While there are many pain medicines on the market, they fall into four broad categories:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Narcotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

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