05 Jun Anonymous Musings: June 5, 2017
Acute vs Chronic Pain
Differentiating between acute pain and chronic pain is important in understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain. Acute pain is more common, often experienced by patients after surgery or other soft tissue trauma. It tends to be immediate, severe and short lived; however, pain that extends beyond a normal recovery period constitutes chronic pain.
Chronic pain is more difficult to understand and often exists where there is no visible signs of a problem with a person’s pathological structure. Often in Chronic Pelvic, the initial physical problem has lessened or even disappeared, but the pain continues because of changes in the nervous system, muscles, fascia, and or other organs and tissue[s] of the body.
The pain is real and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life, limiting their daily physical activities and disturbing their ability to work, concentrate, interact, and sleep. The sufferer’s daily rudimentary functioning and general well-being are affected, in turn causing more concern, stress, anxiety, and fear, which then feeds into fuelling the pain and dysfunction even more.
When acute pain enters the chronic phase, a person’s normal sensory perception is affected as well, and they can become sensitized in a number of ways, as the on-going pain makes them view themselves and the world around them in a totally different way in comparison to when they were without pain and without bodily dysfunction.
As the long term unrelenting pain continues, a person’s defence mechanisms and spirit starts to break down This can result in associated emotional and behavioural changes like;-
- Mood swings
- Short temperedness
The sufferer’s self-esteem is a major casualty of the condition, affecting;-
- Social connections
- Work relationships
- Family interactions
The long term consequence of the pain and symptoms, together with the complex behavioural issues which manifest as a result, is known as Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome [CPPS]. [A syndrome is a set of signs and symptoms that appear together and characterize a disease or medical condition].
This story details the life journey of one individual and is not intended to be a substitute for competent medical advice and or professional treatment. Some of the medical information contained in this story is not the original work of the author. As best as possible, original sources and web sites have been credited and referenced.Other than the personal account, this story has been adapted from information which is freely available to the general public.