Pain that makes it hard to do some or all of the things you need to do every day is considered to be severe pain. You might have to stay in bed or sit in a chair because of how bad it is. Most of the time, it doesn’t go away, and you have to treat it every day, week, month, or year.
How do you know if pain is mild or severe?
Severe Pain – Disabling; unable to perform daily living activitie
- Severe pain dominates your senses and significantly limits your ability to perform normal daily activities or maintain social relationships. Interferes with sleep.
- Intense pain. Physical activity is severely limited. Conversing requires great effort.
- Excruciating pain. Unable to converse. Crying out and/or moaning uncontrollably.
- Unspeakable pain. Bedridden and possibly delirious. Very few people will ever experience this level of pain.
Pain is defined by the “International Association for the Study of Pain“ (IASP) as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. “Sensory experience” refers to the quality of pain, e.g. burning, piercing, tearing, and to its strength. “Emotional experience” refers to the emotional aspects of pain, e.g. agonizing, grueling or exhausting.
Acute pain can be very unpleasant, but usually subsides quickly after its cause disappears or is treated. It has a warning function that can be life-saving in extreme cases.
In chronic pain, this warning function no longer exists. On the contrary, the pain has become a problem of its own and must be regarded and treated as such.
So, here are some of the most common ways doctors try to relieve severe pain:
Medication: Your doctor may give you medicine to help ease the pain, depending on what is causing it. These could be painkillers like Tapaday 200mg or Noosanta 100mg that you can buy without a prescription or ones like opioids or muscle relaxants that you need a prescription for. But it is possible to become hooked to opioids, so they should only be used carefully and under a doctor’s supervision.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help with some kinds of pain by making muscles stronger, more flexible, and helping them work better overall. A skilled therapist can make you a custom workout plan that will help you feel less pain and get better.
Injections: Some types of intense pain, like nerve pain or pain in the joints, may be helped by putting medicine right where it hurts. Some of these treatments are nerve blocks or cortisone shots.
Surgery: Surgery may be a choice when pain is caused by a structural problem that can’t be fixed any other way. Surgery can fix problems like bulging discs, joint problems, and some kinds of accidents.
Nerve Stimulation: Techniques like spinal cord stimulation or peripheral nerve stimulation can be used to block pain signals and ease some types of long-term pain.
Psychological help: People who are in a lot of pain for a long time can feel bad and have issues with their mental health. It can be hard to deal with psychological pain, but therapy, coaching, and ways to relax can help.
Changes in lifestyle: Sometimes, making changes in how you eat, lose weight, sleep, and deal with stress can help reduce pain.