Chronic pain is different from some of the acute pain episodes of MS, in that chronic pain is defined as pain lasting for more than three months. MS pain described as burning, aching, prickling or “pins and needles” type symptoms may be chronic rather than acute. Patients with pain often have more spasticity. Spasticity may lead to muscle cramps, sore and tight joints, and musculoskeletal or back pain.
If you’re experiencing chronic MS pain, don’t delay in speaking with your MS healthcare team about what kind of pain medication and/or therapy would be appropriate for your symptoms.
- Sometimes, analgesic drugs such as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen work well to resolve pain.
- Some MS people find that physical therapy helps ease chronic pain.
- Some people with chronic pain may require treatment with opioid narcotics. These patients must be carefully monitored.
Don’t give in to a lifetime of chronic pain. There are solutions out there, so see your MS healthcare team and ask for help.