Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain sufferers struggle daily with physical discomfort, making daily tasks challenging. In addition, they can also struggle with problems such as emotional stress, insomnia, and depression.

Chronic pain sufferers struggle daily with physical discomfort, making daily tasks challenging. In addition, they can also struggle with problems such as emotional stress, insomnia, and depression.

Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain

The best way to know what chronic pain is to understand the difference between it and acute pain. Acute pain is the short-term pain you feel when you cut your finger, sprain your ankle, or pull a muscle. This is your bodies signal to reduce strain on the injured area and seek treatment. When pain lasts longer than the standard healing time (3 to 6 months), it is considered chronic pain. With chronic pain your nerves become overactive and your body begins to adjust to persistent discomfort. This can cause other issues such as sleeplessness, depression, or anxiety.

Your nervous system and chronic pain

The central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) is your body’s control center when it comes to pain. Pain can either increase or decrease, based on the cues being sent by the nervous system’s pain signaling pathway, which get turned on more easily when someone is suffering from chronic pain. Consequently, a person can become more responsive and feel higher levels of pain more easily.

Recognizing chronic pain

so how do you know if the type of pain you are experiencing is chronic?
Some of the indications to look for are:

  • Your pain lasts over six months
  • The amount of pain you feel seems greater than what you would expect
  • Sometimes, you experience pain without any apparent cause
  • You experience insomnia, anxiety, or depression

Causes of chronic pain

Chronic pain can start for a number of reasons. Typically, chronic pain begins after the tissue isdamaged, as a result of an illness, or after nerve damage.
Some of the most common conditions that cause chronic pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Herniated disc
  • Diabetic neuropathic pain (hand and foot numbness)
  • Post-surgical pain syndrome

Diagnosing your pain

In order to find the source of your pain a pain specialist will need to do a full medical exam. Your doctor will take a detailed description of your pain’s origin, length of duration and pattern (e.g. triggers that set it off). Your physician may also run tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CAT scans to help uncover the cause of your pain. These steps will help your doctor provide a proper diagnosis.

Treating your chronic pain

Chronic pain is unique to each person. That is why it is important to see a pain management physician that can help you put a customized and balanced treatment plan together. Some of the treatments your pain management doctor may recommend to you include pain-relief injections, medications, device implants or regenerative therapy.

Know more about Dr. Raju Mantena

Dr.Raju Mantena
Dr. Raju Mantena is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist based in the Houston area and has over 15 years of medical experience which he relies upon each day to successfully treat his patients’ acute and chronic pain.

At 360 Pain Treatment, our mission is to provide compassionate pain relief, restore prior function and activity levels, and optimize the quality of life for all.


360 Pain Treatment aspires to create a culture of care in our communities by helping those suffering with pain to live more pain-free and thus improving their quality of life.

  • Compassion for all who are ailing and in need of help.
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I’ve had terrible migraines for as long as I can remember, and nothing seemed to work. A friend of mine turned me on to Dr. Mantena and I’m so grateful she did. It’s been almost two months, and I haven’t had even one migraine in that time. I was getting them every week before, so this is amazing. A big thanks to Dr. Mantena

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