Almost everyone will suffer some form of lower back pain during their lifetime. It is the most common cause of job-related disability, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This often debilitating pain interferes with every aspect of daily life, from tasks as simple as getting dressed, to preparing meals, to sitting in a chair, let alone the more strenuous activities like sports and exercise or recreation.
Few things can be more excruciating than chronic head and facial pain. Simple daily tasks become unbearable chores. It can be impossible to focus on even the simplest mental task, and sleep becomes something dreaded rather than something restful. A thorough consultation can provide accurate diagnosis as to the cause, and a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to pain management can get you on your way to managing the pain and returning to a normal life.
There are a variety of different procedures and types of head and facial nerve blocks that can be useful in pain treatment.
Chronic generalized pain can debilitating and impact every area of your life. Disorders such as Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are two chronic disorders that can disrupt sleep cycles, make it impossible to perform daily tasks, and put unnecessary stress on professional and personal relationships. The current understanding of these types of disorders is that the brain and the spinal cord are responsible for causing so much of the pain patients experience.
Many diseases and conditions can affect the nerves of the body, resulting in pain. In order to study the nerve function, muscle reaction, and brain response to nerve stimulus, Carolinas Pain Center uses electromyography (EMG). EMG machines used by our trained specialists can determine the location of or level of damage to many nerves. This type of testing can be helpful in diagnosing conditions like Carpal tunnel Syndrome, one of the most common causes of hand pain, or help to narrow a diagnosis, determining exactly which nerves may be causing pain.
Effects of cancer are far-reaching for both patients and the families who support them. The forms cancer may take are numerous, but they are almost always painful, both physically and psychologically. Physical pain from cancer may be the result of tumors coming into contact with abdominal organs or other tissues, or from the tumor putting pressure on nerves or bones. Helping cancer patients manage physical pain can also lead to greater peace of mind. A patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach is necessary in every case. Carolinas Pain Center can help cancer patients get the upper hand in pain management.
If you suffer with chronic abdominal pain, you know how debilitating it can be. You have experienced first-hand the effects on even the simplest tasks of your daily life. A decrease or loss in productivity, difficulty sleeping, feelings of exhaustion and even embarrassment can lead to helplessness, hopelessness, and even depression.
One of the core values of our philosophy at Carolinas Pain Center is that patient empowerment comes from understanding experiences, developing critical perspectives on each issue, and then planning a methodical approach to take action. An important part of understanding any experience with pain and developing a critical perspective is to learn more about chronic pain—its various types and causes. To that end we’ve put together a collection of useful information about some of the most common causes of pain that we treat on a daily basis.