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Is Chronic Pain Hereditary?

Your Family History & Chronic Pain

You may have heard the saying that "pain runs in families." And while this may sound like an old wives' tale, there is some truth to it. Studies show that certain chronic pain conditions can be hereditary.

So if you have a family history of chronic pain, you may be more likely to experience it yourself. But don't despair — there are things you can do to manage your pain and live a full and healthy life.

What is Considered Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months. It can be caused by various conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. Chronic pain can be debilitating, affecting your ability to work, exercise, and enjoy your hobbies. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

What Causes Chronic Pain?

In some cases, the cause of chronic pain is unknown. In other cases, it may be due to an underlying condition, injury, or family history. If you have a family history of chronic pain, it's essential to be aware of the possible risks. Genetics plays a role in many chronic pain conditions, so you may be more likely to develop certain types of chronic pain if it runs in your family.

While there is no guarantee that you will experience chronic pain if it runs in your family, knowing your family history can help you be more proactive about managing your pain. Studies have shown that specific genes are associated with an increased risk of developing chronic pain. Common chronic pain conditions that tend to run in families include:

  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Diagnosing Your Chronic Pain

If you have a family history of chronic pain, it's important to discuss this with your doctor. They can help you manage your pain and prevent further damage. Early treatment is essential; if left untreated, chronic pain can become degenerative, worsening over time. Degenerative conditions are much harder to treat effectively, so seeking treatment as soon as possible is essential.

Seeing a National Spine & Pain Centers Pain Specialist

If you believe that you’re struggling with chronic pain, it's important to talk to a pain specialist. They can help you develop an individualized treatment plan that includes medication and lifestyle changes to help you find relief.

At National Spine & Pain Centers, our network of affiliated physicians is determined to help find you relief from your pain. Find your nearest center online today, and contact us with any questions.

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