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How does chronic pain affect your immune system | AIHI Clinics Utah

In the hustle and bustle of life, we often overlook the complex systems working tirelessly within our bodies. One such system is our immune system – a network of cells, tissues, and organs that defends us against invaders. But did you know that chronic pain can significantly affect this vital system?

Chronic pain, a persistent pain that lasts for months or even years, does more than just cause discomfort. It can trigger a stress response in your body, leading to elevated levels of cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone”. High cortisol levels can suppress your immune system, making you vulnerable to infections and diseases.

Moreover, chronic pain can disrupt your sleep patterns. A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy immune response. If pain keeps you awake at night, your body misses out on the crucial time it needs to repair and regenerate immune cells.

But there’s more. Chronic pain can lead to a vicious cycle of pain and inflammation. Inflammation is initially a protective response from your immune system. However, long-term inflammation can weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible to further illness.

At this point, you might be wondering – what can be done? The answer lies in effective pain management. It’s crucial to seek professional help and address chronic pain head-on. A balanced diet, regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress management techniques can all contribute to better pain management and a healthier immune system.

Remember, you’re not alone in this battle. Reach out to healthcare professionals who can guide you through your journey towards pain relief and improved immunity.

Because every step you take towards managing your chronic pain, is a step towards strengthening your immune system and reclaiming your health.

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