Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for chronic pain include:
- Aging. Older adults are more likely to have certain health problems that can lead to chronic pain, such as arthritis, diabetes, and shingles.
Certain health problems. These include:
- Existing health conditions, such as fibromyalgia, shingles, arthritis, depression or anxiety disorders, or phantom limb pain.
- Past health problems, such as joint injuries or past surgeries.
- Overall general health. You may have a weakened immune system, which can lead to frequent infections or illness.
- Lifestyle, such as not eating healthy foods, not exercising regularly, smoking, or having a drug or alcohol problem.
Other risk factors include stress, relationship problems, or a history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.