Did you know around 100 million people in the U.S. struggle with chronic pain? The condition may run for weeks, months or years and cause mild to excruciating pain to the sufferer. The most common types of chronic pain include migraine headaches, injury pain, joint pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Overwhelming pain may cause not only physical but also emotional toll on the patient.

Negative emotions like anger, anxiety and depression can lead to stress and contribute to fatigue, which can only make the chronic pain condition worse. These negative feelings may also hinder the production of endorphins, which are the bodys natural painkillers. As the emotional toll persists, more pain is caused and the patient remains aggravated. As a result, the vicious cycle continues.

Wondering when you need medical assistance and pain relief for your condition? While pain may be a common occurrence in day-to-day life, you may want to call your doctor if your pain condition interferes with your life and limits your activities as the disorder persists for more than six months.

Did you know walking is the best exercise to help ease the pain? Aim for a 30-minute walk each day. This activity boosts the production and release of endorphins throughout the body. You might also want to try acupuncture. This ancient Chinese technique uses thin needles that are positioned at various vital points in the body. It is believed that this causes the flow of Chi (life force) as well as improves blood flow and brain activity. Distraction is also an effective technique. Studies revealed that getting your mind off the does help (or at least you forget about it for the time being).

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Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

I'm very pleased with the Medtronic Neurostimulator I received on the advice of Dr Khan. - Bridget.E

Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 222 South Collins Road Suite 101, Sunnyvale, TX 75182. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.