Chronic pain occurs when signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person. This type of pain does not always respond to medication.
The pain may be simultaneously located in multiple areas:
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Right side of the body
- Left side of the body
The intensity and type of pain may vary from day to day:
- Pins and needles
Fibro Fog is present most of the time, meaning it does not come and go. The term fog is used because it feels like a cloud is obstructing your mental clarity.
It is characterized by:
- Difficulty thinking
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty focusing
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Feeling spacey
The causes of Fibro Fog include physical, emotional, biochemical factors and fatigue.
COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS)
Constant burning pain is experienced in a specific part of the body, for example, a hand, foot, arm or leg. Skin in the affected area is more sensitive and prone to drastic temperature changes. For example, an affected arm will at times be sweaty or cold for no reason.
Other symptoms include:
- Muscle spasm
- Joint pain
- Skin discoloration
- Muscle atrophy (decrease in muscle mass)
- Muscle stiffness