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Fact: Even With Good Treatment, Chronic Pain Might Not Go Away

It's unfortunate but true. "Someone who has had ongoing back pain for 18 years shouldn't expect that after few visits to a pain doctor they'll be cured," Cohen says. "Managing chronic pain is usually a long process."

But don't get discouraged. Even if experts can't make your chronic pain disappear completely, treatment can still make a big difference. Pain isn't everything, after all -- it's how your pain affects your quality of life that matters most.

Maybe you'll still have some pain after treatment. But if treatment restores your ability to do things that your chronic pain prevented -- whether it's going for long walks, or crocheting a blanket, or returning to work -- it’s worthwhile.  

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10 Tips to Reduce Chronic Pain

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Stress and Chronic Pain

We all know how bad we feel when we're under stress. Now, researchers are examining how emotions may play a role in physical pain.

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