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June 16, 2019

Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?

“I’ve just learned to live with the pain…”

Why Do I Have Chronic Pain?
Chronic Pain

We often get patients in our office that have dealt with pain for several years.

In fact, in 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 20% of US adults suffered from chronic pain.

I can remember a patient suffering from pain for so long that her doctor told her “You know, I think this pain might just all be in your head.” Now, granted, there are patients who malinger regarding their pain, but she was in legitimate discomfort. They were just unable to help her.

Chronic pain simply means that you have been dealing with pain for longer than 6 months. This can be related to headaches, back pain, or any area that you experience pain.

There are several reasons for chronic pain. Here are just 3 reasons that we often see in our office:

  1. Procrastination: Often times, we hope that the pain will just “go away.” So, we will push through the pain and neglect our injuries. As time progresses the pain might diminish, but the problem still remains.
  2. Turning Off The Alarm: Symptoms are the body’s alarm system to alert us that something is wrong. We have sharp pain or muscle spasms, so we take a pill, an injection, or an ointment to help us feel better. While that may help you get through the day, it does not get rid of the root cause.
  3. Giving Up: Losing hope after trying several types of treatments, ointments, and therapies that didn’t work is common. It can become discouraging. Therefore, we just learn to “deal with it.”

What to do…

The keys to getting rid of pain:

  • Get to the root cause of the problem.
  • Take action as soon as possible, don’t wait!
  • Keep searching for the solution.

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Jerry’s story, I recommend checking it out here. I won’t spoil it for you, but him and his wife sought far and wide for the answer.

They had to fly his wife, Kat, to New York to get structurally and neurologically based chiropractic. Because of the relief that his wife received, Dr. Jerry decide to quit his job on Wall Street and commit his life to helping people just like his wife.


Ricardo, who has been suffering from pain for over 10 years. If you’d like to see what structurally based chiropractic was able to do for him check out the video below:

+10 Years of Chronic Pain Helped With Gonstead Chiropractic