Chronic pain is a major health problem all over the world, affecting almost 200 million people in Europe and the United States.
Chronic pain is affecting more women. The source can be various diseases or health problems such as fibromyalgia, muscle aches, lower back pain, whiplash, osteoarthritis, nerve compression such as disc herniation, nerve pain such as shingles, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic spine injuries. Common to all different types of chronic pain is that traditional drugs, such as opioids developed to treat acute pain cannot be used to ease this type of pain.
Chronic pain is exceptionally individual, and other life factors such as mental state during an activity will affect the overall experience. The patient’s pain threshold will therefore vary during a day and over time. This makes chronic pain very difficult to treat and the knowledge about the condition and how to affect it need to be much more researched. Due to the difficulties in diagnosing pain triggers, the lack of specialists in the field and finding a suitable treatment, many patients are left untreated.
PainDrainer can be your personal pain coach for less pain and more active life
About the Mankoski scale
A pain scale is typically a method allowing you to systematically track your pain and its intensity and can help to improve the diagnosis and treatment. There are a number of different pain scales and PainDrainer utilises the Mankoski pain scale, which is a numerical pain scale with brief descriptions to help categorize pain. It also describes how pain medicines either help or do not help with your pain.