In some cases,
chronic pain develops after an injury or illness. The
pain continues even after you have recovered from the injury or illness. For
example, many people who have had a limb amputated report feeling chronic pain
in the missing limb (phantom limb pain). Chronic pain can also develop even
though you have not had an injury or illness. But the result is often the
same-a cycle of sleeplessness, inactivity, irritability,
depression, and more pain.
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On the other hand, you may have constant chronic pain that is severe. You
may be unable to work, and physical activity may be too painful or exhausting.
Sleeping at night may be difficult, resulting in fatigue and irritability. Your
outlook on life may change and strain your relationships with family and
friends. Prolonged pain may restrict your daily activities and eventually lead
to disability. Without specialized treatment,
chronic pain syndrome can become disabling.
After treatment begins, many things can interfere with your recovery,
such as dependency on drugs or alcohol, overwhelming
stress, lack of motivation, depression or other mental
health problems, or ongoing litigation because of a workers' compensation
claim. If your pain is disabling, you may want to seek an evaluation at a
pain management clinic, where a team of doctors work together to treat your
The lives of your family members, friends, or caregivers can
also be affected. The people you count on to help you may also need some
Family therapy or involvement in a caregiver support
program may help.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 20, 2011
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