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What does chronic pain feel like?

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Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:

  • A dull ache
  • Throbbing
  • Burning
  • Shooting
  • Squeezing
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness

From: Do I Have Chronic Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Pain."

American Psychological Association: "Coping with chronic pain."

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "Types of Chronic Pain."

Institute for Chronic Pain: "Understanding Chronic Pain."

Mayo Clinic: "Is there a link between pain and depression?"

Medscape: "Chronic Pain Syndrome Clinical Presentation."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Chronic Pain."

Nemours Foundation: "Why Do I Have Pain?"

NIH Medline Plus: "Chronic Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

The American Academy of Pain Medicine: "AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain."

UW Medicine: "Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Pain."

American Psychological Association: "Coping with chronic pain."

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "Types of Chronic Pain."

Institute for Chronic Pain: "Understanding Chronic Pain."

Mayo Clinic: "Is there a link between pain and depression?"

Medscape: "Chronic Pain Syndrome Clinical Presentation."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Chronic Pain."

Nemours Foundation: "Why Do I Have Pain?"

NIH Medline Plus: "Chronic Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

The American Academy of Pain Medicine: "AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain."

UW Medicine: "Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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