Millions of women worldwide suffer from chronic pain. In fact, up to 59% of chronic pain sufferers say it has an impact on their overall enjoyment of life.
There are many different conditions that cause chronic pain, and some of these conditions can be treated with physical and psychotherapy. Here are the five most common conditions that cause chronic pain in women and how different therapies can help alongside painkillers.
- Chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is any non-menstrual cycle related pain that occurs in the pelvic or vaginal area. This type of pain can last for six months or longer. One way to help reduce chronic pelvic pain is by participating in 20 minutes of daily mindful meditation.
- Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can cause all over aches, pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties caused by inflammation and genetics. Studies have shown that those experiencing fibromyalgia pain benefited from cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychodynamic therapy has also been known to help.
- Irritable bowel syndrome. IBS can cause serious abdominal pain and may leave sufferers feeling left out of social events because of bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Mindful meditation has been shown to help those with IBS because it helps patients keep from catastrophizing and experiencing anxiety about their condition.
- Lower back pain. Many Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life, but for some, the pain doesn’t go away. Certain physical exercises such as yoga and guided relaxation have been shown to help reduce lower back pain. Anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants are also known to help.
- Autoimmune diseases. These conditions include lupus, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Autoimmune diseases can cause widespread pain because your body’s immune system is attacking your healthy cells. Mindfulness training has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue.
Where can I find pain management doctors for my chronic pain?
Over 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain around the world. Whether you’re suffering from myofascial pain, neck pain, knee pain, or joint pain, chronic pain can interfere with your everyday life.
The pain management doctors of Advanced Pain and Medicine can help. To learn about our chronic pain treatment programs, contact Advanced Pain and Medicine today.