QLMC specializes in acute- and chronic-pain management. Our physicians offer a wide variety of techniques and tools to manage a patient’s pain. Most pain treatments won’t relieve all of your pain, but they may reduce the severity of the pain you experience and how often it occurs. Talk to your doctor to learn how to best control your individual pain.
TWO TYPES OF PAIN – ACUTE AND CHRONIC
- Acute pain:
This type of pain is usually the result of disease, inflammation, or injury to tissues. It generally arrives without warning – for example, after trauma or surgery – and may be accompanied by anxiety or emotional distress.
- Chronic pain:
This type of pain is widely believed to represent disease itself, and can be exacerbated by environmental and psychological factors. Typically, chronic pain stems from an injury or accident, but can also be the result of a disease such as diabetes or fibromyalgia. Chronic pain persists over a longer period of time than acute pain, can cause severe problems for patients, is resistant to most medical treatments, and can seriously impact your quality of life. Your ability to work, enjoy recreational activities, sleep – even your relationship with your family and friends – all of these can be adversely affected by chronic pain.
What Should I Tell My Doctor About My Pain?
The first thing to do is let your physician know about your pain – where it’s located, how severe it is, and how often it occurs. Then, tell your doctor what relieves the pain, and what makes it worse. Your doctor will review other health problems which may be present – for example, arthritis, breathing problems, or heart conditions – because these will restrict you from performing certain types of therapy. Your doctor will also ask if you’ve experienced any difficulty in the areas of sleep, mood, or anxiety.