Chronic Pain Specialist

Nader Ewaida, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Hope Internal Medicine and Sleep Clinic

Nader Ewaida, MD

Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in North Richland Hills, TX

Chronic pain is a part of daily life for an estimated 11% of all adults. Standard medical treatments seldom provide long-term pain relief, which is why Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic offers effective injections that target the source of your pain, and he works with you to develop an ongoing plan to reduce pain. When you need relief from chronic pain, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.

Chronic Pain Q & A

Why is it hard to treat my chronic pain?

Standard pain relievers, whether over-the-counter or prescription, aren’t very effective against chronic pain. The relief they provide is temporary, which doesn’t help when your pain is ongoing, and prescription pain medications are often addictive.

Here’s another reason why it’s hard to treat chronic pain. The longer you live with pain, the more likely you are to develop a condition called central sensitization.

When your nerves frequently carry pain messages to your brain, biochemical changes occur in your central nervous system that make you overly sensitive to pain. Then you begin to experience pain from things that aren’t normally painful, such as a soft touch.

What are the different types of pain?

Acute pain is a normal response to an injury or illness. This type of pain is a red flag that your body needs attention. It lasts less than three months, then disappears when your problem heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is persistent or recurring, continuing longer than three months. This ongoing pain interferes with sleep and work, and it often becomes debilitating.

Lower back pain is the most common type of chronic pain, followed by severe headaches and neck pain. Degenerative joint disease like arthritis causes such pain and immobility that it’s the top cause of disability.

There are many possible causes of chronic pain, so these are just a few examples:

  • Spinal or back pain: Disc herniation, degenerated disc, sciatica, and spinal stenosis
  • Musculoskeletal pain: Chronic inflammation, degenerative disease, and repetitive use injury
  • Neuropathic pain: Diabetes and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rheumatologic pain: Fibromyalgia and arthritis
  • Cancer pain: Breakthrough pain, side effect of treatments, neuropathy, and bone pain

Pain that starts out as acute due to an injury, illness, or surgery, can also become chronic pain.

How is chronic pain treated?

Chronic pain is effectively treated with injections that directly target the source of your pain. Dr. Ewaida relieves joint pain, especially pain caused by arthritis, with steroid injections placed into the affected joint. Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that provide significant relief from your pain.

Dr. Ewaida also recommends exercise because staying active is an important part of pain management. It’s hard to stay active when movement causes pain, yet gentle exercise helps relieve inflammation, improves joint movement, and reduces your pain.

When you need effective relief from chronic pain, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.