Chronic Pain - Surgery
Surgery is not often used to treat chronic pain. The decision to have surgery depends on your condition and the cause of your pain. Surgery is usually considered only after other treatments have failed, or if it is considered medically necessary.
Pain Management Clinic - Topic Overview
Chronic pain often requires both counseling and medical treatment,because it can have a wearing effect on both the body and the mind. At a pain management clinic,you can get multidisciplinary treatment from a team of specialists,including: Physiatrists. These medical doctors specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They often coordinate a chronic pain treatment team. ...
Chronic Pain - Prevention
Chronic pain cannot always be prevented. Maintaining good physical and mental health may be the best way to prevent chronic pain or help you cope with the constant pain. It is important to get enough sleep every night.
Chronic Pain - Exams and Tests
Many exams and tests are used to evaluate chronic pain. An initial assessment includes: A detailed medical history. Your health professional will ask you about your general medical history, past illnesses, and overall health. He or she will ask you questi
Recurrent Abdominal Pain (RAP) - Topic Overview
Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) with no cause is defined as at least 3 separate episodes of abdominal pain that occur in a 3-month period. These episodes are often severe,and the child is not able to do his or her normal activities. It may affect up to 30% of children between the ages of 4 and 12. Symptoms of RAP are different for every child and may change with each episode. Symptoms may ...
Chronic Pain - Other Treatment
Learn about other treatments to reduce chronic pain.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
What is complex regional pain syndrome?Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a term used to describe a group of painful conditions. Examples of earlier names for these conditions include reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, and Sudeck's atrophy. Pain is the main symptom of CRPS. Most people have severe pain in an arm or a leg. Usually the pain is in a part of your body where you had surgery or an injury. The pain is usually constant and either shooting, sharp, or burning. The pain is much worse and it lasts much longer than you would expect for the kind of injury you had. Some people may not have had an injury or surgery before the pain started, but most people have.Women in their mid-30s are more likely to get CRPS, but it can happen to anyone at any age.What causes CRPS?The cause of CRPS is not well understood. CRPS is a reaction the body has after an injury, and the reaction is more severe than would be expected. This reaction happens in the limb (arm or leg, usually)
Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) for Chronic Pain
Drug details for Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) for Chronic Pain.
Chronic Pain - Topic Overview
This topic provides information on chronic pain that is caused by factors other than cancer.
Chronic Pain - Home Treatment
Learn what you can do to manage chronic pain.