The most frequently occurring complaint, often causing chronic pain which can be felt anywhere along the spine from the cervical spine (neck) to the thoracic spine (felt behind the chest wall or thorax) to the lumbar and sacral area (the lower back) to the coccyx (the lowest tip of the spine)
Spinal pain can be divided into two categories; mechanical or referred symptoms. Mechanical pain is felt only in the spinal area whereas referred pain radiates to other parts of the body. Sciatica is a good example of this, as the pain is usually felt in the legs.
Neuralgia (Nerve Pain)
Pain occurring along a damaged nerve, often described as severe pain. It differs from tissue pain (nociceptive pain: implicating the pain receptors in the skin, bones or surrounding tissues); common symptoms of nerve pain include: stabbing or shooting pain, skin sensitivity and colour changes and swelling of the skin. Different medications are used in the treatment of nerve pain, to those used in the treatment of tissue pain.
Myofacial Pain Syndrome
This is a muscular pain in distinct isolated areas of the body. It can be an indication of deeper skeletal and joint problems. In a classical diagnosis, palpation of the muscle over the affected area is associated with finding Trigger points (small knots in the muscle).
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
A chronic pain condition in which the patient may experience severe and debilitating pain. This often occurs after muscoskeletal trauma.
If you have suffered with neck pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Aside from stiff muscles that can have you reaching for pain medication, this condition can make the smallest tasks or a simple sneeze very painful and even deprive you of a good night’s sleep.
Musculoskeletal pain can have an enormous adverse effect on your quality of life, along with significant pain. Simple day to day activities such as walking, gardening or even getting up from your chair can be become difficult or even excruciatingly painful.
Simple day to day activities such as walking, gardening or even getting up from your chair can be become difficult or even excruciatingly painful.
The widespread pain and fatigue that comes with having fibromyalgia can be debilitating. It can leave otherwise healthy people without a way to cope with their daily lives.
We are familiar with the all over body pain, severe fatigue and sleep disturbance that is a part of fibromyalgia. In the majority of patients, fibromyalgia is the primary diagnosis but in a significant number of cases it may be secondary to an underlying condition. There are many of thousands of people suffering from fibromyalgia who continue to live with severe pain and tiredness because their symptoms have been misdiagnosed or inadequately treated. It is common for patients to be told there is little wrong or prescribed simple pain medication.