Anxiety, PTSD and Chronic Pain Treatment

Overview

It’s normal to experience Anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain in life. Anxiety disorder sufferers, on the other hand, frequently feel extreme, excessive, and persistent worry and panic in everyday situations. Anxiety disorders are frequently characterized by recurring bouts of acute anxiety, panic, or terror that peak within minutes.

As previously stated, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health illness that is brought on by watching or experiencing a horrific incident. Flashbacks, nightmares, acute anxiety, and uncontrolled thoughts about the incident, are all possible symptoms.

Whereas, chronic pain can have a negative impact on your quality of life and lead to other, more significant health issues. Chronic pain, also known as nociceptive pain, is a major medical problem. The illness, like any long-term health problem, can develop consequences beyond your physical symptoms, such as new or worsening depression, anxiety, and sleeping difficulties. Nociceptive pain can make it difficult to keep up at work, manage household duties, and attend social gatherings, leading to interpersonal problems and financial instability.

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Signs & Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of Anxiety, PTSD and Chronic Pain are as follow:

Anxiety: Signs & Symptoms

  • Feeling uneasy, restless, or uncomfortable
  • Having an elevated heart rate
  • Having gastrointestinal (GI) problems are all common anxiety indications and symptoms.
  • Feeling compelled to avoid situations that cause distress

Anxiety Disorders

  • Agoraphobia: An anxiety condition in which you fear and avoid locations or circumstances that can make you feel anxious.
  • Panic Disorder: It is characterized by recurring bouts of severe anxiety, dread, or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: Due to emotions of humiliation, self-consciousness, and concern about being judged, social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is characterized by high degrees of anxiety, dread, and avoidance of social interactions.
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PTSD: Signs & Symptoms

PTSD symptoms may become more severe over time. When you’re anxious in general, you may have higher levels of PTSD symptoms.

  • Severe emotional anguish or bodily reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic incident
  • Recurrent, unwanted painful recollections of the traumatic event
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares concerning the traumatic event

Chronic Pain: Signs & Symptoms

Nociceptive pain syndrome has a negative impact on your physical and emotional well-being.

  • Reduced activity causes loss of stamina and flexibility
  • Mental issues such as sadness, anxiety, and irritability
  • Muscular pains and joint discomfort
  • Sleep issues

Chronic Pain Disorder

  • Osteoarthritis: This form of arthritis happens when the protective cartilage between bones wears away as a consequence of normal wear and strain on the body.
  • Back Pain:Back discomfort can be caused by muscular strains, nerve compression, or spinal arthritis.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease:(IBD) is a disorder that causes persistent inflammation of the digestive tract, resulting in discomfort and cramping in the intestines.

Chronic Pain: Risk Factors

Risk factors for chronic pain syndrome include:

  • Those who are depressed: Experts aren’t sure why, but one explanation is that depression alters the way the brain receives and interprets nervous system impulses.
  • Those who smoke:Researchers are looking at why smoking tends to make arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain illnesses worse.
  • Those who are older than 65:As you become older, you’re more susceptible to a variety of illnesses that might cause chronic pain.

When To See A Doctor?

You should first consult with your primary care practitioner to establish if Anxiety or PTSD is linked to your physical health. Practitioners can look for indicators of an underlying medical problem that needs to be addressed.

If you experience significant anxiety, you may need to contact a mental health professional. A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses.

For Anxiety:

  • You’re concerned that you’re worrying too much and that it’s affecting your career, relationships, or other elements of your life.
  • You find it difficult to regulate your dread, concern, or anxiety.
  • You’re depressed, have issues with alcohol or drugs, or have other mental health issues in addition to anxiety

For PTSD:

If you’ve been having problematic thoughts and feelings about a traumatic experience for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you’re having trouble recovering control of your life.Seek the advice of your physician or a mental health specialist.

For Chronic Pain:

  • When your pain began
  • How it feels (for example, searing and acute or dull and aching)
  • If your pain worsens.

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What are the Causes?

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety might be a symptom of a more serious health problem. Anxiety signs and symptoms are sometimes the earliest signs of a medical problem. The following are some medical conditions that have been associated with anxiety:
  • Heart disease is an example of a medical concern that might be connected to worry.
  • Thyroid issues, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory problems include COPD and asthma.

Causes of PTSD

Doctors are perplexed as to why certain people get post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is likely caused by a complex mix of factors, including
  • Stressful experiences, such as the amount and severity of trauma in your life
  • Inherited personality traits — often referred to as temperament
  • Control of the chemicals and hormones secreted by your body in response to stress by your brain.

Causes of Chronic Pain

  • Rheumatoid arthritisis an autoimmune illness that causes severe joint inflammation.
  • Fibromyalgia is a neurological illness that causes pain and sensitivity throughout the body (known as trigger points).
  • Surgical trauma

Treatment for Anxiety, PTSD & Chronic Pain at Padda Institute

Anxiety and PTSD Treatment

Padda Institute has the most experienced specialists in the St. Louis & Bridgeton area. Staff skilled in various specialties work together to come up with the tailored treatment according to the patient’s need. Psychotherapy and Medications are the two most common therapies for anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, often known as talk therapy or psychological counseling, is working with a therapist to alleviate anxiety symptoms. The treatment can be effective in alleviating anxiety symptoms.

Meditation Ritual Techniques

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy incorporates mindfulness meditation practices into psychotherapy. It is effective in preventing depression relapses. We do support the rational use of medications on a temporary basis to reduce anxiety; and to enhance the process of meditation.

This becomes especially relevant for patients who suffer from chronic pain, which can be characterized as an underlying physical problem.

Medications

Depending on the type of anxiety illness you have and if you also have other mental or physical health concerns, different drugs are used to assist reduce symptoms. Some antidepressants are also used to help with anxiety disorders. Buspirone, an anti-anxiety drug, may be prescribed

Treatment for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is difficult to understand, but it is manageable. Some choices include:

  • Pain-relieving drugs
  • Anti-inflammatories, steroids, muscle relaxants, antidepressants with pain-relieving properties, and, in extreme circumstances, opioids are examples (this is the last resort).
  • Physical treatment to improve range of motion and flexibility.
  • Nerve blocks can be used to inhibit pain signals.

Experts at Padda Institute

Padda Institute has one of the most experienced specialists in St. Louis & Bridgeton area. We ensure the patient’s quality care and successful recovery. You can review the testimonials from our clients.

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