Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than one month after onset or pain that recurs after onset of injury or illness. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions, whether from diseases such as diabetes or HIV infection or as a result of injured nerves, bones, or other tissues. The socioeconomic burden of chronic pain is immense. Estimates of the economic impact alone from health care expenses, lost productivity, and lost wages are $100 billion annually. This article provides a general overview of noncancer causes of chronic pain symptoms, conditions, disease burden, and treatments. Authoritative Web sites for chronic pain information and patient resources are included.
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is part of the National Institutes of Health. NINDS is charged with reducing the burden of neurological disease among all segments of society. This site has overview information on pain, definitions of acute versus chronic pain, a history of pain treatments from ancient times to the present, an A–Z listing of pain conditions, treatments and medications, and a listing of organizations that support patients with various conditions.
- Chronic pain
- Pain management
- Pain medicine