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I asked my doctor a question last week. I asked her if a person's chronic pain is left untreated for a long time can that in itself cause problems?

She said there are studies being done on that now. She called it something and I can't remember what it was. But the theory is that if the body feels pain 24/7 for long periods of time w/o relief, the brain chemistry changes and your body actual overreacts or gets overly sensitive to painful stimulus. I was horrified !! I think my pain may have grown into the monster it now is because my pain has been ignored for so long.

I told doctors for almost 2 years my pain was unbearable and that vicodin hardly touched it. Now, I am thinking if my pain had been addressed within months instead of 2 years would I have as much pain as I am now??? I will never know.

But what I do know is that if someone in here is having high levels of chronic pain, really make an effort to treat it. I thought I was being "strong" by trying to tough out my pain instead of demanding stronger drugs. I may have done more harm than good by not wanting to appear "weak".

Right now I don't know if I'll EVER get away from high level pain meds and that still scares me, especially since there may have been a chance had I treated it sooner it wouldnt have gotten so out of control.. oh well

Maybe some one in here can learn from my mistake.

If anyone has heard of this theory or any studies being done let me know.