Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain

We have a look at neuropathic pain under peripheral neuropathy (PN), but we will look at chronic pain a bit more generally here. As the detection of pain sensation follows a similar pathway regardless of the type of pain (not entirely true or accurate, but somewhat true enough), it is worth looking at more broadly before going into specifics. Muscle pain is also sometimes referred to as “myalgia”.

There are various types of pain, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is not uncommon for a person who is in persistent pain to start suffering from other kinds of pain, as being in pain all day can wear one thin very quickly. Moreover, pain is a symptom of pretty much every condition on this list, so it is worth looking at for the treatment of every condition on this list.

Pain is deemed “chronic” if a person is suffering for 12 weeks or more. Those who suffer from pain in “waves” (i.e. a few days a week, or peaking to a crescendo) are also said to be suffering from chronic pain. Physical pain increases mental and emotional pain, and chronic pain sufferers often have permanent or semi-permanent alterations in their body’s level of the serotonin type 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HT). For this reason, antidepressants are often one of the first ports of call for chronic pain sufferers, alongside analgesics and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.

Sadly, such medications don’t always prove effective, or are only partially effective. For some conditions, only stronger medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines will help. Unfortunately, these drugs can be highly addictive, and can cause a different type of pain all on their own. Opioid overdoses quadrupled between 1999 and 2015, and there is certainly a demand for alternatives for pain management in the long-term. Cannabis could help reduce or replace the need for many types of pain medications, as it has many different compounds that work on multiple types of receptor sites, from opioid receptors to serotonin receptors.

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