Pain is an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder. Pain is the most common reason for visiting a doctor and it is a major symptom in many medical conditions. It is important to diagnose pain pathology as soon as possible for treatment, as well as to prevent further tissue damage. Unresolved pain can significantly affect a person's quality of life and general functioning. Pain can be classified as acute or chronic depending on its duration. Pain that lasts a long time (more than 6 months and sometimes even after the completion of treatment) are chronic pain. Pain, which is of short duration (usually less than 6 months), and resolves quickly is acute pain.
Chronic pain is not discussed among the patients suffering with chronic intractable pain. Painassist.com is a Social network platform and available for patients to discuss their pain and suffering, as well exchanged their experience of good or bad treatment.
Chronic pain such as fibromyalgia is somatic disease of muscle, tendon, ligament and joint. Pain observed is widespread and localized over muscle mass of trunk, arm and leg muscles. Complex regional pain syndrome is described as allodynia and may not respond to pain medications. Chronic cancer or non-cancer pain also present symptoms such as fatigue; sleep disturbance, depression, anxiety and stress. Cognitive symptoms may be associated with depression or anxiety. Tingling, numbness and weakness in extremities are also associated symptoms. Joint stiffness, difficulties in swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities are often seen in 1/3rd of patients. Activities are voluntarily restricted since movements can increase severity of pain. Co-morbid pain condition with feelings of invalidation and isolation among patients is one of the common symptoms.