There are two types of pain – Specified and Unspecified. Specified pain is something which the doctors as well as patients are well-versed about. They know the root cause of the pain and thus, treatment can be carried out effectively. However, that is not the case with unspecified and vague body pain. The reasons for this type of pain is not specified. The unspecified and vague body pain is recurring and the treatment of the same is pretty difficult as it occurs without any underlying cause for it.
The unspecified and vague body pain hampers the quality of life. It obstructs day to day activity and makes the patient less productive. Routine tasks are severely affected because of this. This form of pain is pretty frustrating as the patient does not know how to cure the root cause of the pain. Even doctors do not have the specific diagnostic methods to cure it.
This results in various physiological and psychological problems. A patient suffering from the unspecified and vague body pain can end up in depression as he/she would not be able to deliver the output that has been asked from him/her, be it work, family responsibilities or other tasks. Physical conditioning of the body is pretty instrumental in completing a task successfully. And in case, people fall short of achieving their goals regularly, they are bound to end up in depression.
Among the unspecified and vague body pain, pain due to fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and chronic body pain in Osteoporosis are the most common ones.
In fibromyalgia, muscles and soft tissues are affected. 11 out of 18 tender points are in severe pain. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points. Pain under fibromyalgia can be relieved with the help of proper medication, lifestyle changes and stress management. A lot of research has started in this direction as the awareness for Fibromyalgia has increased.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) worsens physical and mental activity and does not improve with proper sleep. Symptoms of CFS include continuous body pain, sleep disturbances, and most commonly it affects the brain.
Body pain in Osteoporosis is caused due to a low bone mass and microarchitectural disruption which causes weakening of bones. Osteoporosis can be further classified into Osteopenia – early stage of Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia which is the result of softening of unmineralized bones. Almost 50% of the women above the age of 50 years are prone to Osteoporosis.
All these aforementioned conditions lead to unspecified and vague body pains. The reason for the pain under these conditions is not determined, thus, it is frustrating to overcome such a pain