Managing Chronic Pain: Strategies and Treatment Approaches

Chronic Pain refers to persistent discomfort that lasts for an extended period, affecting physical and emotional well-being.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Chronic Pain FAQ

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is sometimes also called persistent pain. It is different from acute pain, such as pain from an injury, which develops quickly and doesn't usually last for long. Chronic pain is a complex condition. Everyone experiences it differently. The pain can range from mild to severe and is usually experienced on most days.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

People with chronic pain describe their pain in many different ways, such as: Aching. Burning. Shooting. Squeezing. Stiffness. Stinging. Throbbing. Chronic pain often leads to other symptoms and conditions, including: Anxiety. Depression. Fatigue, or feeling overly tired most of the time. Insomnia, or trouble falling asleep. Mood swings.

What causes chronic pain?

Causes of chronic pain include illnesses, musculoskeletal problems, injury, surgery and cancer. Sometimes people with chronic pain have no obvious cause for their pain. Chronic pain can affect mood, sleep and mental health, and sometimes leads to anxiety and/or depression.

How common is chronic pain?

It seems to be common though, affecting perhaps one in two or one in three of the population. It is not known what proportion of people with chronic pain either need or want treatment. Chronic primary pain is thought to affect between 1 in 100 and 6 in 100 people in England.

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