Pain is a very common symptoms for which a person visits a doctor. Pain can be classified as "acute" or "chronic" based on the duration of pain. Acute pain is short lasting and relieved in a short time (hours, days or a few weeks) where as chronic pain can persist for weeks to months.
- Some causes of chronic pain are back pain, headache, and joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or other arthritis.
- Acute pain is usually caused by injury to muscles, bone, joint, and internal organs; earache, headache, or infection.
The prescription medications are very effective in relieving acute pain but the chronic pain is generally not well controlled by conventional medicine. Besides this the side effects associated with the prescription medications (NSAIDs, opioids) is a matter of concern. Studies have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and opioids can have some very negative side-effects on the body.
Hence many people with chronic pain different modalities of pain relief besides allopathic drugs. Homeopathic remedies are often preferred for chronic pain as these medicines are supposed to stimulate the body’s self healing mechanism.
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