Depression and Chronic Pain
Chronic pain and depression are two of the most common health problems encountered by health professionals. In fact, major depression rates are thought to be four times greater in chronic back pain sufferers than the general population. How can you be sure your chronic back pain and depression are related, and what can you do to cope? People who suffer from severe, chronic back pain know how it can utterly disrupt and damage one’s life. Chronic back pain can be cruel—making it hard to enjoy even the simplest daily activities, and certainly making it a challenge to carry out an exercise routine and other healthy activities. Moreover, chronic pain was not previously all that well understood. The medical profession used to believe that pain is always a manifestation of an underlying injury or disease. As such, doctors focused on treating the underlying cause of the pain, with the belief that once the injury or disease was cured the chronic pain would then disappear.
If no underlying cause could be found for the pain, then the patient was told that very few treatments are available, or worse, “the pain must be in your head”. Unfortunately, some doctors still practice in this manner, having no appreciation for the unique problem of chronic pain, newer theories about chronic pain, and the many factors that influence a chronic pain problem.The medical community is starting to understand that if pain is no longer a function of a healthy nervous system (signaling that there is a disease or underlying injury), then the chronic pain itself becomes the problem and needs to be treated as the primary pathology.
A perfect diagnosis and treatment of the cause of your chronic spine symptoms is the clue to the solution to your mental suffering.
Are you at the end of the rope?
If you are suffering from severe spine issues, even than it must be possible to find a solution. I do not treat pictures, but individuals. Imaging is the last key to the puzzle, besides your medical story and impairments, these images are worthless, sorry. To start a patient doctor communication, to find where your pain is really coming from, please provide me first with your personal data:
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drs.Willem Zeegers MD, worldwide lumbar + cervical spine consultant since 1989
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