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    Chronic Pain - Symptoms

    The symptoms of chronic pain include:

    • Pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury.
    • Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical.
    • Discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness.

    Pain can lead to other problems, such as:

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    • Fatigue, which can cause impatience and a loss of motivation.
    • Sleeplessness, often because the pain keeps you awake during the night.
    • Withdrawal from activity and an increased need to rest.
    • A weakened immune system, leading to frequent infections or illness.
    • Depression, which is common and can make your pain worse.
    • Other mood changes, such as hopelessness, fear, irritability, anxiety, and stress.
    • Disability, which may include not being able to go to work or school or perform other daily activities.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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