New research gives chronic pain sufferers hope
Published on January 9, 2018 with CityWide Stories.
I remember the moment I became conscious after my teenage tonsillectomy. There were two things in quick succession: I became aware of the darkness behind my eyelids, and then I felt a pain like fire in my throat. It was my first surgery, and for the pain, my first brush with the opioid drug Percocet. Ever since then my journey with pain—particularly chronic pain—has been a complicated one.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines chronic pain as pain that lasts for at least three months, or, if it’s connected to an injury, pain that continues after the tissue is healed. According to the CDC, chronic pain is common: a 2012 National Health Interview Study reported that over 11 percent of U.S. adults live with daily pain. Read more.