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Is It Chronic Pain or Acute Pain?

So what is PAIN?

According to the Mayo Clinic: pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage.

By this you can see why each individuals definition of when they use the term "pain" can vary greatly!


So why am I telling you this? Just because you may not feel what someone sees as pain or vice versa, can make a big difference in caring for yourself and others. Many times you might be asked a doctors office on a scale of 1-10(usually has faces on each numer) how would you rate your pain? So let's say I might feel a 2 and you may feel a 6 on the same diagnsis. But because I have a chronic condition I have grown used to living with pain daily.

Acute Pain is treated very differently vs. Chronic Pain, and you must know the difference for proper treatment of anything you might have diagnosed.

These are examples according to the PRC how you know it is ACUTE.

Associated with tissue damage

Abrupt in onset

Short duration

Correlation is observed between the site and the extent of tissue injury and the location and intensity of pain expressed

These are examples according to the PRC how you know it is Chronic.

Can be sudden or gradual onset

May be associated with a chronic disease process or nervous system dysfunction

May occur in the absence of identifiable or non identifiable causes

Example for me would be having the surgery i had to have which Brent wrote about on January 28th would be acute(make sure to go back and read). Living with Epilepsy and or Fibromyalgia, and some other of my conditions would be chronic.


A chronic condition like Epilepsy is treated very differently, due to the involvement of the brain.

Now having a seizure at one point in your lifetime, does not mean you have epilepsy. This would be acute vs. chronic.

Depending on the type of epilepsy you will also be diagnosed differently and treated by your individual type diagnosed. Also, please do not assume someone living with epilepsy is in pain 24/7. This is a case by case basis, and day to day or even hour by hour based on the type.

So let's just start with this image below and make sure to come back and learn more on what I learned to better live with MyGlitch.



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