Chronic Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Messina & Associates -  - Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Messina & Associates

Clinical Psychologists & Psychiatrists located in Southlake, TX

Living with day-to-day pain can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Chronic pain isn’t always easy to manage, but skilled psychologists at Dr. Messina & Associates in Southlake, Texas can give you a better chance at a comfortable life with personalized chronic pain management plans. To get started on your chronic pain management, call the office for a consultation or reserve your appointment online today.

Chronic Pain Management Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain isn’t your run-of-the-mill aches and stings that are easy to treat with ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, and other simple solutions. It lasts for 3-6 months or even years at a time and can be very difficult to manage. 

While most pain is a quick nervous system signal to notify your brain that something is wrong, chronic pain lingers even after you’ve addressed and fixed the problem. 

If you have chronic pain, you might have trouble moving and staying active. It can cause you to fatigue easily and miss work, special events, and fun activities. It might not constantly inhibit you, but the pain can come and go without warning and affect every part of your body. 

If chronic pain affects your life, the providers at Dr. Messina & Associates can help you find a strategy to manage your discomfort and stay productive. 

What causes chronic pain?

There are endless possible causes of chronic pain. Often, chronic pain stems from an acute injury that has already healed, like a pulled muscle or a broken bone. In other cases, chronic pain stems from a chronic health condition that causes you to feel pain constantly. 

Some common causes of chronic pain are:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Injuries 
  • Migraines 
  • Tension headaches

In some cases, chronic pain develops without any apparent cause. Even if you don’t have a diagnosis that points to a cause, you can feel extreme pain for weeks, months, or years at a time, and it can severely debilitate you. 

Additionally, if you have depression, your depression and your chronic pain can feed off one another and worsen simultaneously. 

How can I manage my chronic pain?

Managing chronic pain isn’t always easy and often involves more than one approach. The main goals of chronic pain management are to restore your mobility, boost your energy, and reduce the pain that you feel. 

Your chronic pain management plan from Dr. Messina & Associates is highly individualized and monitored in order to cater to your needs. It might include:

Medications

The providers may recommend a medication evaluation to determine whether this will be an important treatment option to help you go about your day. Antidepressants can also often help treat chronic pain and depression that comes with it. 

Lifestyle adjustments

In many cases, a few lifestyle changes can go a long way in easing your chronic pain. The providers at Dr. Messina & Associates might recommend that you stop smoking, try to fit physical activity into your schedule, or attend psychotherapy sessions as part of your chronic pain management plan. 

To get help developing your chronic pain management plan, call Dr. Messina & Associates or request an appointment online today.