Have you ever suffered from chronic pain? According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 10% North American adults say that some people have experienced pain at some point in time. The condition affects their daily routine and quality of life. They report having trouble walking, climbing stairs, or going out to spend time with family and friends. Some of them wake up in the morning with pain, and it’s hard for them to go to the kitchen to have a cup of tea or coffee. They also say they can no longer work; others say they can’t seem to get a good night sleep. They wake up in the middle of the night with acute pain and then role over the bed without getting enough sleep. More or less, it is a very unpleasant feeling.
The Worst Scenario
To get through the day, many of these people turn to pills, and nearly 2 millions people say that they’re addicted to painkillers. It’s sort of like taking the battery off from your smoke alarm; you’re fixing the symptom but not addressing the underlying problem. If the medication stops working, many people turn to something else—80% of heroin users previously abused prescriptions. Death by opioid overdoses has lately been skyrocketing. They now kill as many people every year as car accidents or guns do, and the crisis, it seems, is only getting worse.
Is Pain Good or Bad
In this spectrum of pain, people respond to it in multiple ways. Some feel more pain than others, and few feel no pain at all. Pain is one of our body’s most important communication tool. It is one way that the body tells you something is wrong and needs attention. Imagine, for instance, what would happen if you felt nothing when you put your hand on a hot stove. Instead of just managing or suppressing the pain, one should understand this body signal and look into the reason behind the pain and should deal with it immediately. The more that your pain response is delayed, the more you end up damaging your body.
Science Behind Pain
If you burn your hand on a stove, it hurts. More specifically, the nerves in your hand will sense the heat and send the pain signals to your spinal cord. The signal then travels up to the brain, which instructs you to cry with pain or take some action. This is known as acute pain. It can stab or pinch or shock, hurting us and telling us to stop doing what we are doing, take care of ourselves. The medical community knows how to treat most acute pain.
Chronic pain lasts longer than acute pain and is somewhat resistant to medical treatment. It can be inflammatory (arthritis) or neuropathic (affecting the nerves like shingles, diabetes, or chemotherapy treatments). It is usually associated with long-term illnesses, such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
About 70% of people with chronic pain treated with pain medication experience episodes of breakthrough pain. Sometimes it can be spontaneous or set off by an insignificant event such as rolling over in bed.
Causes of Pain
Tissue damage: The pain stems from an injury to the body’s tissues from a disease such as cancer, or it can come from physical harm such as a cut or a broken bone.
Nerve Damage: Nerves function like electric cables transmitting signals, including pain signals, to and from the brain. Damage to nerves can interfere with the way those signals are transmitted and cause pain signals that are abnormal.
If we want lasting solution we should not just manage pain, it is essential to look into the cause of this damage and accurately find the right medicine to deliver into the damaged organ of our body to fix it.
Genetic link with Pain
Scientists had discovered “SCN9A is a master gene for pain.” These findings are significant and small steps forward.
Help from Advanced Genomics
Advanced Genomics can help you to know exactly why are you suffering from pain. They have the expertise to understand your inside body signals to find out the cause of chronic pain, information about the diseases you are likely to be affected in future, and health risk of illnesses that run in your family.
Advanced Genomics is a preventive healthcare Inc., using breakthrough technology which is painless and non-invasive like electroporation to deliver natural and safe medicine inside the cells to fix it rather than blocking the pain.