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Pain is a feeling set off in the nervous system. Acute pain lets you know that you may be injured or have a problem you need to take care of. Chronic pain is different. The pain signals go on for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause may have been an injury or infection. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. But in some cases there is no clear cause.
Problems that cause chronic pain include
Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. They include medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and surgery. Other treatments include psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Mediterranean Diet May Ease Chronic Pain of Obesity (03/10/2017, HealthDay)
- Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated (02/17/2017, HealthDay)
Diagnosis and Tests
- Pain Assessment (Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care)
Treatments and Therapies
- 5 Things You Should Know: The Science of Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Practices (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Biofeedback (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Approaches (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Pain Relievers: MedlinePlus Health Topic (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Self Care (Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, Continuum Center for Health and Healing)
- Chronic Pain (American Occupational Therapy Association)
- Coping with Chronic Pain (American Psychological Association) Also in Spanish
- Pain Management Programs (American Chronic Pain Association)
- Quality of Life Scale: A Measure of Function for People with Pain (American Chronic Pain Association) - PDF
Videos and Tutorials
- What Is Chronic Pain? (American Chronic Pain Association)
Statistics and Research
- Complementary Health Approaches for Chronic Pain: What the Science Says (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Scientists Take a Close-Up of Key Pain-Sensing Molecule (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- Study Suggests Brain Is Hard-Wired for Chronic Pain (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Chronic Pain (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Intradiscal Glucocorticoid Injection for Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain...
- Article: Comparison between bipolar pulsed radiofrequency and monopolar pulsed radiofrequency in...
- Article: Signs of ongoing inflammation in female patients with chronic widespread...
- Chronic Pain -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- American Chronic Pain Association
- Find a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician (American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Also in Spanish
- NIH Pain Consortium
- Dealing with Persistent Pain in Older Adults (American Geriatrics Society)