Pain is a personal thing. It cannot be shared, and everyone experiences it differently, despite the expression of “feeling your pain.”
So when a patient says that their pain is constant or continuous, there is a reason for it – and it will require a physician who has specialized training and experience in diagnosing and treating pain to find the answers. The chronic pain might be due to an injury, an undiagnosed disease, or an illness.
Pain Is a Sign that Something Is Wrong
There are many reasons for a person’s body to feel chronic pain. There are inflammatory conditions, sensory illnesses that constantly affect the nerves, and rare health issues.
Although the cause of the pain may seem invisible to others, the person who has the chronic pain cannot get away from it. A pain specialist will search tirelessly to find ways of helping you manage it.
Conditions like fibromyalgia were not considered to be real conditions until just a few decades ago. Now it is a recognized condition that affects the nerves of the body and can cause chronic pain. But to look at the patient, it would be nearly impossible to discern.
When medical tests failed to show what is causing the pain, that is how chronic pain became the invisible epidemic. The causative condition or illness often does not have visible outward signs, and sometimes the pain is general and not in a specific spot in the patient’s body.
Diagnostic Testing for Chronic Pain
Although there is no single failsafe method for diagnosing the source of a person’s pain, diagnostic testing has its place in pain management. It allows doctors to examine the patient’s body and evaluate the various structures for any abnormalities.
Your doctor may conduct tests such as:
- CT scan
- Nerve-conduction testing
Those tests may reveal one condition, and it then dawns upon the doctor that there may be a secondary problem going on – masked by the first – that is causing nerve pain all over the body. It may be a process of elimination for the physician, narrowing down the source or reason for the pain.
Who Can Diagnose My Pain Problem?
At Balcones Pain Consultants, we have decades of experience in treating all types of chronic pain conditions. We sometimes even test a patient’s DNA for any type of genetic issue that could be behind the pain but isn’t showing up on the traditional tests.
We will not give up on trying to find the source of your pain. Our goal is to diagnose and treat your chronic pain in order to keep it under control. As pain management specialists, our job is to make our patients feel better – and to give them the excellent quality of life they deserve.
Contact our friendly team today by calling (512) 834-4141 or schedule an appointment online now. We have several locations throughout the Austin area for your convenience. We’re here to find and treat your pain so that you can enjoy the active lifestyle you love!