Facts and Tips about Chronic Pain

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  • Back PainThere are two types of pain: nociceptive and neuropathic.
  • In the United States, the estimated annual cost of chronic pain is $100 billion (1).
  • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined (1). That's because it's associated with so many chronic conditions.
  • Chronic pain doesn't always have an identifiable cause.
  • Fibromyalgia, a common chronic pain condition, usually starts with physical trauma and then develops into a chronic pain.
  • It's important to remain active and exercise, even if you have chronic pain.
  • Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than 6 months. It may be constant, or it may come and go.
  • Chronic pain is often treated with a multi-disciplinary approach that may include physical therapy, medications, psychology, and exercise.
  • Mind-body therapies, such as meditation, can help control chronic pain.
Updated on: 11/19/15
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Causes of Chronic Pain
Steven Richeimer, MD
This article was reviewed by Steven Richeimer, MD.
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Causes of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be caused by so many things: injury, disease, infection. But often, the exact cause isn't known. Read this article to learn the general categories of chronic pain causes.
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