Chronic pain is pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks; it is a serious health condition. And like any long-term health problem, the condition often leads to complications beyond your physical symptoms, such as new or worsened depression, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Chronic pain can make it more difficult to keep up at work, manage tasks at home and attend social gatherings, leading to problems in your relationships and financial instability. Some research suggests that the more severe your pain, the more serious these problems.
Chronic pain can limit your quality of life and lead to serious health problems. Finding effective treatment is important — as its balancing pain relief with your safety.
Experts say Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are most effective for mild to moderate pain that is accompanied by swelling and inflammation. These drugs are commonly used for arthritis and pain resulting from muscle sprains, strains, back and neck injuries, or menstrual cramps.