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Which conditions cause chronic pain?

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Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Some of the leading causes include:

  • Past injuries or surgeries
  • Back problems
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition in which people feel muscle pain throughout their bodies

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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