The Doctor Is In: Treating Chronic Pain

(KPLR) – Dr. Sonny Saggar and Dr. Mark Holland, a chiropractor, stopped by to talk with Christine Buck about something millions of people deal with on a daily basis: chronic pain.

Connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares at:
www.stlurgentcares.com
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Common symptoms of chronic pain include:

Mild to very bad pain that does not go away as expected.

Pain that is shooting, burning, aching, or electrical.

Soreness, tightness, or stiffness.

If you have pain for a long time, it can make you feel very tired and may lead to depression.

It can get in the way of your usual social and physical activities. You may have so much pain that you can’t go to work or school.

The emotional upset may make your pain worse. And your body’s defense system (immune system) may get weak, leading to lots of infections and illnesses.

Your doctor or nurse practitioner can find out if you have chronic pain by asking about your past illnesses and your overall health. He or she will also do a physical exam.

You may have tests to find out if a medical problem is causing the pain. Your doctor may check for problems with your nervous system and may order blood tests. He or she may also ask you questions to check your mood and mental health and to see how well you are able to think, reason, and remember.

In many cases, test results are normal. This can make it hard to know the exact cause of the pain. But this doesn’t mean that your pain isn’t real.

You can use home treatment for mild pain or pain that you have now and then. Exercising and getting enough sleep may help reduce chronic pain.

Connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares at:
www.stlurgentcares.com
• Twitter: @DoctorIsInSTL
• Facebook: DoctorIsInSTL
• Blog: DoctorIsInSTL.com

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