Pain Conditions

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At Houston Methodist, our specialists in pain management provide you with effective treatments to manage symptom of pain, as well as functional rehabilitation, so we can improve your quality of life.

Pain comes in many forms that may affect your entire body or just certain areas; it may be sudden and fleeting or appear slowly and last a long time.

  • Chronic pain is defined as pain that last longer than six months.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome is a pain condition that can last for longer than six months, most often affecting one of the limbs, usually after an injury or trauma to that limb .
  • Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain that is diffuse and symmetric accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues .
  • Neuropathic pain (also called neuralgia or nerve pain) is a sharp, stabbing pain or tingling and numbness associated with nerve injury or nerve lesion .
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (also called tic douloureux) is a chronic pain condition that affects one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head and causes excruciating pain in your face.
  • Causalgia is a relatively rare pain syndrome that occurs when your peripheral nerves suffer injuries; usually within 24 hours you may feel a severe burning pain in your hand or foot depending on the nerve that is damaged .
  • Phantom limb pain is pain in your head, neck, joints or from a body part you no longer have (phantom pain) can have a wide range of causes, including dental problems, structural abnormalities, injuries and illnesses .
  • Headaches and migraines occur when you feel pain in any region of your head; most headaches are not life threatening, but some may require emergency care .
  • Myofascial pain syndrome is muscle pain, tenderness and spasm that usually involves the muscles in localized body areas and is asymmetric (a different presentation on each side of the body) .

Our mission is to discover the underlying condition for your pain and treat you for that; if treatment is not an option, we will help you manage the pain. Our specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to help relieve pain. Treatment includes a variety of medications, with each patient treated as an individual with unique needs. Some patients also find relief from infusion therapies, Botox® (botulinum toxin) injections and nerve blocks. In addition, our team has expertise in both implantable spinal and peripheral nerve stimulators to manage chronic pain and drug delivery devices, such as the intrathecal baclofen pumps to manage both pain and spasticity.

With access to clinical trials and research, we continuously seek new and improved methods to manage pain conditions, including innovative treatments for chronic back pain, headaches and complex regional pain syndrome plus techniques that use ultrasound to relieve pain in epileptic or severely depressed patients.

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