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Common Pain Conditions

Pain is a universal and unavoidable part of the human experience. In fact, sensing pain is part of what helps keeps us alive. But too many people live with chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Back pain, headaches and migraines, and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) are also widespread sources of discomfort.

Managing pain involves understanding these conditions and their physical and psychological causes.

Some of the top pain conditions are:

Mental Health & Pain

People tend to associate pain with physical injury and overlook that it can be the result of or amplified by emotional distress, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common psychosomatic pain includes headaches, muscle tension, and general bodily discomfort.

Conversely, pain conditions can also negatively impact mental health, creating an endless loop that increases stress, anxiety, and depression. That’s why it is essential for people in pain to have a full understanding of their pain condition and its connection to their emotional and physical health.

Some of the top mental health conditions that affect pain are:

Digestive Health & Pain

Pain is often related to digestive health and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract. One common source of digestive pain is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), where stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus, causing heartburn and discomfort.

Lower down the digestive track, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, infections, certain cancers, celiac disease, constipation, and haemorrhoids can also contribute to digestive pain and discomfort. With so many potential causes for abdominal pain, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to addressing digestive-related conditions.

Some of the top digestive health conditions that affect pain are:

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