The discussion about chronic pain management anesthesiology is incomplete until and unless the very important aspect of pain is taken into wider consideration which is the chronic pain.
Chronic pain is the major symptom of the majority of the patients presenting at outpatient clinics.
It is the most commonly overlooked, misunderstood or wrongly labeled and least treated syndrome complex. The reason for this is that chronic pain management anesthesiology is highly complex phenomenon; sometimes integral part of many a medical condition.
If the pain persists for a longer period of time, usually 3—6 months or beyond a reasonable time for the condition to heal, frequently without any clearly identifiable cause, or pain that often recurs as a part of the disease process, e.g., Ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic pain management anesthesiology is neither protective nor serves as a warning sign, rather has stressful and severely damaging effects on the patient’s body, emotions and psyche.