Would you have ever thought that pain caused by an injury or an ailment might actually lead to depression? Sounds farfetched or sensationalist when you hear about it doesn’t it? Pain usually lasts for a definite period which is the time required to heal from the core condition. Also normally you will find that pain is reducing gradually as you move towards recovery. This reduction of pain is actually an indicator of your recovery. So the moment you start feeling pain free you are certain of a full recovery. Sometimes though the intensity of the pain does not decrease with time, It remains fairly constant, in fact if anything you find that they might be steadily increasing with time. This is symptomatic of chronic pain. In this blog we discuss about the link between chronic pain and depression as well as the role of hydrocodon medications in treatment.
Chronic pain is when the symptoms of pain are long lasting usually not reducing within the expecting time period or when the pain extends to 12 weeks. Chronic pain can be caused by the following conditions -
• Multiple sclerosis
• Lower back pain
• Carpel tunnel
• Cancer causing tumor
Pain is detected via the nerves in the central nervous system. Therefore nerve damage or neuropathy can also be a big cause of chronic pain. Errant or damaged nerves are transmitting signals of pain to the brain when none exist. For mild pain OTC pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen can be used but if the pain is severe than hydrocodone 7.5 medications are prescribed.
Chronic pain and depression
Chronic pain unlike acute pain is as much emotional as it is physical. Being in chronic pain can affect your mood making you more irritable or angry or anxious but consequently being in such moods can also lead to an increase in the pain you are experiencing. Similarly the relationship between chronic pain and depression can also be considered cyclical as they can both be the cause as well effect of each other. The interdependence of chronic pain and depression can be evidenced from the fact that almost every medication prescribed by psychiatrists can also be prescribed to reduce chronic pain. That’s because these medications will provide a reduction from the heightened feelings of stress, anger and anxiety that the patient is experiencing.
Symptoms of depression
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Loss of interest in activities
• Heightened symptoms of anger and irritability
• Sleep and appetite fluctuations
• Self loathing
• Reckless behavior
Chronic pain and opioids, the challenges?
Studies have shown that patients dealing with depression and pain are the heaviest consumers of pain medications. If hydrocodone acetaminophen medications are taken in excess than it could prove to be very dangerous as there are risks of addiction attached to it. Opioids produce a sense of euphoria which is also known as a high. So if a patient becomes habituated to this sensation of euphoria then addiction can occur. Addiction to opioid medications can be followed by life threatening symptoms of withdrawal and overdose.
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