Pain that persists for longer than three months can become a chronic issue. At The Relief Clinic in Long Beach and Saucier, Mississippi, family medicine specialist Philip Levin, MD, and his team diagnose and treat all types of chronic pain. They use their expertise to help you find relief from pain and maintain your independence. Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about chronic pain.
Chronic pain lasts for at least three months and often continues for several years without proper treatment. It can develop in any area of the body. Many individuals experience chronic pain that comes and goes, while others feel persistent discomfort. As chronic pain worsens, it can interfere with your ability to work, go to school, and perform daily tasks.
Chronic pain affects everyone differently, but common signs include:
Because chronic pain affects every aspect of your physical, emotional, and mental health, it can increase your risk of depression and anxiety.
Many musculoskeletal conditions can cause chronic pain, including:
Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the joints. Osteoarthritis, which causes the cartilage that protects the joints to break down, is the most common type. The second most common type, rheumatoid arthritis, causes the lining inside the joints to become swollen and painful.
Back and neck pain are among the most common types of chronic pain in the United States. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and muscle strains can lead to long-term discomfort.
Headaches and migraines can cause intense throbbing, stabbing, or burning pain that interferes with your daily routine. While everybody experiences headaches from time to time, the condition is chronic for many people.
Pain from cancer can affect any area of your body, particularly if the tumor is pressing against nearby nerves.
Determining the cause of your pain is the first step in treating it effectively. Once your provider diagnoses the cause, they may recommend:
Studies show that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in marijuana may also help control chronic pain and reduce related symptoms, such as insomnia and anxiety. As a medical marijuana provider in Mississippi, The Relief Clinic providers can prescribe treatment for those who need it.
Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about chronic pain.