Chronic pain seriously interferes with your quality of life. If you suffer from chronic pain, especially due to a condition such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, consult Dr. Vijay Patel for help with management. As an internal medicine specialist, he can offer therapies for the underlying causes of your pain as well as your symptoms. If you live in the area of Perth Amboy, New Jersey or Matawan, New Jersey, call his office or use the online booking agent to learn more about pain management.
Pain Management Q & A
What is chronic pain?
Pain that lasts more than 12 weeks is usually categorized as chronic. This is opposed to acute pain, which is usually related to an immediate injury or illness. You experience it for weeks, months, and even years. You may experience other health problems along with the pain, including sleep disturbances, diminished appetite, and mood changes. The pain can be mild to moderate or so severe that it interferes with your daily activities and keeps you from doing the things you enjoy.
Dr. Patel takes your complaints of chronic pain seriously and works with you to alleviate discomfort and help you live a higher quality of life.
What causes chronic pain?
You may experience chronic pain due to the normal aging process as well as due to chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Nerve damage, poorly healed injuries, and back pain can also be possible culprits.
Dr. Patel can also help you understand if you have an underlying disease that’s at the root of your pain which might include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Gallbladder disease
- Multiple sclerosis
The source of your pain isn’t always easy to identify. In many cases, the causes are complex and multiple.
How is chronic pain evaluated?
Dr. Patel reviews your medical and family history as well as your description of your symptoms. He asks you to describe your pain as burning, dull and constant, or sharp. The type of pain you experience can give clues about its cause. Dr. Patel may order imaging tests, blood tests, X-rays, and other analysis to rule out or identify specific conditions, too.
How is chronic pain treated?
Dr. Patel wants to reduce your pain and improve your function. Chronic pain can be hard, and sometimes impossible, to cure. However, Dr. Patel works with you to find strategies to ease your symptoms. These may include:
- Nerve blocks
- Electrical stimulation
Dr. Patel may recommend these strategies in conjunction with self-care techniques, such as massage and meditation, and in some cases may even refer you for surgery if appropriate. He can also help you find different ways to think about and respond to pain, so psychologically you deal with it most appropriately.