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Chronic Pain Syndrome

Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center -  - Pain Management

Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center

Pain Management serving Chandler, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Gilbert AZ

Chronic pain can be severely debilitating and often leads to the development of chronic pain syndrome (CPS), which comes with additional health issues such as anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. Shimul Sahai, MD, and her expert team at Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Chandler, Arizona, specialize in helping people who are in pain, not just by treating their physical symptoms, but by providing additional therapies and support. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to get started.

Chronic Pain Syndome Q & A

What is chronic pain syndrome?

Chronic pain syndrome is a condition that develops when, in addition to a chronic pain problem, you experience symptoms such as depression and anxiety that further affect your quality of life.

Chronic pain often has its roots in an illness or injury that causes acute pain. Pain is your body’s warning mechanism that alerts you to the fact there’s something amiss, and when you get better or the injury heals, the pain should go away. Unfortunately, many people find their pain fails to resolve even after recovering from the original trauma.

Arthritic joints and chronic back and neck pain caused by arthritis or degenerative disc disease are examples of long-term, incurable conditions that can cause chronic pain syndrome. Chronic pain can also arise as a result of a problem in the function of your nerves themselves, where they send pain signals to your brain despite there being no tissue damage.

When chronic pain becomes an unrelenting part of your life for months and years on end, it can take a toll on your mental health, causing psychological distress and a range of mood disorders.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain syndrome?

In addition to the physical pain you feel every day, chronic pain syndrome causes symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Suicidal thoughts

Chronic pain syndrome can also affect your personal and work relationships and may lead to drug or alcohol abuse.

What treatments are available for chronic pain syndrome?

At Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Sahai approaches each patient who has chronic pain syndrome as an individual with unique needs. After a comprehensive consultation, she selects the most appropriate treatments from a range of possible options, including:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy 
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Nerve block injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Biofeedback
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Botox® injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation 

If you’re finding that your everyday life is a struggle because of chronic pain syndrome, call Phoenician Pain & Rehabilitation Center or book a consultation online today.