When it comes to the subject of chronic pain, people often think about how the person is affected by the pain, not how the pain affects the person. Sure, it is easy to picture chronic pain as simply something that keeps someone in a constant state of discomfort, but it can affect the person in almost all aspects of their life. As a clinician, you likely already know that 63 percent of patients that are currently suffering from chronic pain in the United States have already seen a doctor — meaning that that treatment has not worked, or is not working fast enough.
NGUI-MATRIX is an innovative new chronic pain treatment that has been developed by Grandmaster Stanley Ngui, an experienced and proven clinician, and is being taught at CME (continuing medical education) conferences across the United States and Canada. The NGUI-MATRIX integrative medicine CME conference is designed to provide clinicians and healthcare professionals with the ability to offer a diverse array of chronic pain treatment options so that they can both provide their patients with more treatment options, as well as increase their success rate in treating chronic pain.
Today, we invite you to join us on the NGUI-MATRIX blog as we discuss a few of the impacts that chronic pain can have on a person’s life.
Mental And Emotional Health
One of the things that people do not immediately recognize as connected to chronic pain is the mental and emotional strain. Sure, the person suffering from chronic pain is in a constant state of discomfort as a result of their condition, but chronic pain can affect their mental state just as easy as it affects their physical state.
We all know that pain is a result of stimuli sending signals to the brain, thus causing the feeling we know as pain, but what is not as well known is that it also sends stress signals to the brain. If you have ever been stressed, you likely know that it can take a lot out of you — and chronic pain can result in stress 24/7.
Take, for example, people who suffer from fibromyalgia. As a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, people with fibromyalgia know better than others the toll that chronic pain can take on someone. In fact, the National Alliance on Mental Health claims that 62% of people suffering from fibromyalgia consider themselves to be depressed, while general populations of unaffected people see 7-18% of people being depressed.
Chronic pain doesn’t just affect the way that someone feels — it can also affect the way that someone’s brain can process emotions. One of the reasons that depression is so common among people that are suffering from depression is that pain can affect the sensory parts of the brain that regulate things like emotion, sleep, and anxiety.
Time, Energy & Attention
Another thing that is not commonly discussed in the arena of chronic pain and chronic pain management is how the symptoms of the pain affect your time, energy, and attention. You might be wondering, “How does time factor into this conversation?” Time is impacted in the sense of how long it takes to complete basic tasks as a result of your lack of energy and attention.
Every day there are tasks that most people complete without strain — never thinking about how easy it is for them to complete, simply because they have never experienced trouble completing them. Tasks, like getting out of bed, getting dressed, making breakfast, getting to work, and making it through the day, can all be difficult for someone that is suffering from chronic pain. When someone is suffering from chronic pain, it can be hard for them to find the energy or attention to get tasks done — something that most people take for granted.
And it doesn’t stop there. Think of a day with chronic pain symptoms like an avalanche. If someone is in pain and it takes them two hours to get ready for work when it usually takes one, they are now behind. Like an avalanche gaining more mass, the stress of each activity that needs completion begins to grow. Chronic pain can make life tough in ways that some people wouldn’t imagine.
What Are The Most Common Pains That Plague Americans?
People all over the United States suffer from chronic illness, but a lot of the time, people don’t understand the extent of how people are affected by chronic pain. Sure, people understand that someone suffering from chronic pain feels discomfort, but they don’t understand where they feel discomfort. In an effort to make this a little more clear, we have put together an information graphic discussing a few of the more common causes of chronic pain. Take a look below!
Now that you have a better idea of what kinds of chronic pain are the most common, we will continue our discussion in regard to how chronic pain affects people with one last category — how it affects people’s relationships.
The last thing that we would like to discuss before concluding our chronic pain blog is the toll that chronic pain can impress upon relationships. Chronic pain drastically affects the person that is experiencing its symptoms, but it also affects that person’s family and friends as well.
Chronic pain is not a silent passenger. It is not simply a small burden that a person must deal with — it affects every minute of their life. Parents still have to perform all of their parental duties when they are suffering from chronic illness. Students still have to go to school, take notes, study, and focus on their work while they suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain, in a nutshell, is just an extra thing on their plate that they have to deal with.
Chronic pain can add stresses to someone’s life, and those stresses can trickle down and affect others as well. The strain that is put on a relationship involving one or more people suffering from chronic pain is enough to become a burden for both parties.
Why Is The NGUI-MATRIX Treatment System A Necessity For Clinics?
The NGUI-MATRIX pain management technique is an essential tool for all clinicians to utilize. Why? Well, to put it simply, the NGUI-MATRIX is another pain management technique that a medical professional can add to your professional toolbelt. If a patient is not responding to certain treatments, you have yet another that you can try. Additionally, some patients would like to try some of the less-invasive therapies before more serious medical action is taken.
Regardless of how you see the NGUI-MATRIX fitting within your treatment regimen, we urge you to purchase a ticket to an upcoming integrative medical CME conferece near you. The NGUI-MATRIX medical seminar will be taught by its creator, Grandmaster Stanley himself. We hope to see you soon!