Anybody here have chronic pain, and how do you treat it? My body always hurts, should I worry about it progressively worsening? I'm 21.
Have you seen a doctor?
Seconding seeing a doctor. Chronic pain can be caused by all sorts of things. About 3 years ago my body started hurting all the time, was extremely worried about it getting progressively worse, then after seeing many doctors got diagnosed with a joint hypermobility/defective connective tissue condition. Mine probably won't get progressively worse as long as I exercise and keep my muscles in shape to hold my joints in because my connective tissue can't. I also have neurological issues that are probably linked to it (migraines and seizures during my period). Also I have autism so I notice every single pain at a higher intensity than most people would so a lot of doctors wouldn't see anything wrong with me from tests and imaging. (being a woman probably also played into them not believing me)
I tried various combinations of steroids, gabapentin, NSAIDs, SSRIs for the pain, but the side effects were unacceptable in each case; aggression, dementia/stiff joints, stomach irritation eventually, and complete numbing of emotions respectively. This does not mean that you will have these same side effects, try them if your doctor suggests them because even if you do have the same side effects I did it'll go away a few weeks after you stop. I found that CBD has the best pain relief:side effect ratio for me but I've had to stop while looking for a job because it pops drug tests.
tl;dr: see a doctor, stay in shape, medications may or may not help.