Pain, is a physical suffering from illness or injury. This this is the neurological response the brain has to discomfort and injury, it’s your body’s way of telling you to take care and stop what you’re doing. You break your back; you feel instant pain at the time of the break. With serious injuries like these, the body can feel pain until the body heals properly. Sometimes pain can be long lasting beyond the period of healing and it can last from 3 to 6 months. This is characterized as chronic pain. Chronic pain can almost be crippling and damaging for everyday life. Everyday tasks can become taxing and difficult; when chronic pain is involved patients often quit doing the things they love. They start to associate them with the pain and stop. After all that’s the body’s natural response to pain of that nature, is to seek relief. This can be done through medication. Generally, surgery and pain killers are popular ways to relieve this pain. I have my own experiences with chronic pain, localized in the back. My doctor tells me that I have a pinched nerve in my lower back and this has been a taxing experience for me. The best way for me to relieve it would be through surgical means but that may never happen. Without the means of surgery, my only other way of relieving the pain is through pain killers, prescription and over the counter medications: Drugs like Advil, Aleve, and ibuprofen. Sadly, these are temporary and don’t permanently eliminate the pain. I regularly take these medications for the relief, and I notice the difference. I need these medications to go through my day with no pain, so I can do the things I love and not be discouraged by the pain. Chronic pain is no joke; it’s a monster of its own and can cripple anyone. Don’t take it lightly, I don’t.