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Dealing with Chronic Physical Pain and Niggles

Written by
Dr. Alok Vinod Kulkarni
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Mar 20, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read


Pain is a debilitating symptom. It is often neglected, and has devastating consequences. The following article deals with common causes of pain, and its management.

Dealing with Chronic Physical Pain and Niggles

Pain is a protective mechanism. It warns one, of the imminent, dormant, and potential danger. However, chronic physical pain can be disabling, and limits one's functional capacity.

Women are more prone to pain than men, as revealed by several study designs and research methodologies. Those aged over 45 years are particularly prone to a variety of chronic physical pains. Unfortunately, this becomes ''routine'', and people tend to ignore the trivial symptoms. More often than not, it starts as a minor niggle, which when neglected, goes on to assume a more debilitating picture.

"No physical pain that persists beyond 2 weeks, even with pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications, should be neglected. This can prove to be fatal."

The elderly population is prone to falls, given the unsteadiness in their gait, due to old age diseases like Parkinson's, Idiopathic Orthostatic Hypotension, also known as postural drop in blood pressure. That is, the blood pressure varies with the body posture, and is prone to drop when one assumes a standing position from a supine position. These falls can be the harbinger of chronic physical pains.

Sequelae of Debilitating Pain:

Management of Chronic Pain:

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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read




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