Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts over a period of six months. According to the CDC, chronic pain is more prevalent than heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Those suffering with chronic pain are often frustrated that traditional practitioners are unable to locate the source of their pain, and frequently made to feel they are simply making-up their symptoms.
Chronic pain has many root causes including nutritional deficiencies, sedentary lifestyles, chronic inflammation, and toxic overload from mold, metals, or germs. Exposure to long-term physical pain can create an excessive amount of cortisol, which can become inflammatory over a prolonged period of time. This inflammation can have a negative impact on the gut and serotonin levels, and may suppress your immune system. A functional medicine provider will assess your diet and level of physical activity, and will conduct a comprehensive exam to check-for and treat the underlying cause(s) of this frustrating condition.
Most chronic health issues are preventable and reversible. An individualized approach to addressing the root cause of pain will not only treat pain, but will optimize one’s overall wellbeing. Pain is often caused by trauma and surgery, but if your pain becomes chronic, then you should work with a functional medicine provider to locate the root cause of this issue. Call and schedule an appointment with one of our providers today: (317) 795-1516.
– Annamarie Salyer, FNP