Chronic pain is defined as an ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual's well being.
Acute pain is pain that comes on quickly, can be severe, but lasts a relatively short time. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists for months without any purpose to the person suffering form it.
Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause.
Fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain.
Patients and their health professionals need to work together to identify the causes and symptoms of that pain and how it can be relieved.
EXAMPLES OF CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME
Abdominal Cutaneous nerve Entrapment
Chronic Knee Pain
Degenerated Disk Disease
Facet Joint Syndrome
Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Post Heniorraphy Syndrome
Post Laminectomy Syndrome
Whiplash (CAD Syndrome)