Chronic pain is usually defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. It can be mild pain, which merely causes inconvenience, or excruciating pain that becomes completely incapacitating. The pain can be episodic or present continuously. Although chronic pain can affect an individual at any age, it is more troublesome in the elderly. As we age, our ability to withstand pain goes down. Several conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylolisthesis, intervertebral disc herniation (slipped disc), fibromyalgia and others, which cause chronic pain, are more common in the elderly. Other forms of chronic pain include low back ache, sinus pain, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and generalized nerve and muscle pain. Often, pain can originate from an initial injury such as a sprain, trauma or infection, which can then become chronic. Some less common causal disorders include AIDS, gallbladder disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) or even stomach ulcers. It is also possible to suffer from chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or damage to the body.
Since pain is subjective and personal, there is no standard and reliable way to measure the pain accurately, like temperature or blood pressure. In order to diagnose chronic pain, the doctor will ask you to describe the location of pain, duration of pain and the type of pain. The doctor then utilizes these details to do an evaluation and come up with a treatment plan. The aim of the treatment is to reduce the pain and improve the function of the area that is affected.
A major hassle for individuals with chronic pain is the frequent doctor visits to adjust the dose of pain killers or other medication. Travelling to the doctor’s clinic and the testing lab, as well as the long waiting times and appointment booking process can be frustrating. You can avoid all these, by choosing to consult with a pain specialist on the Eclinic247 online platform via voice or video consults. Our hassle-free online consultations will provide immediate answers to your queries from the comfort of your home, regarding changes in your pain medication dosage, imaging test results, Electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies and more . You can also consult with a wide range of other specialist doctors to help you with the psychological effects of chronic pain, such as increased stress levels, exhaustion, relationship and work problems, sleep deprivation, psychological distress, amongst other effects. Through our app you can order medicines for chronic pain, to be delivered at your doorstep. The app also enables you to book and undergo lab tests at your home. Additionally, you can use the electronic medical records (EMR) facility on your web app account to upload and access your medical records, anytime and anywhere.