Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most common complaints for which people seek medical care. Understand the causes and learn about treatments and strategies to help manage it.

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What's the Difference Between Somatic and Visceral Pain?
Young doctor examines senior patient's leg.
How You Can Help Changes in Your Skin From Chronic Nerve Pain
Female nurse helps lift dumbbell to disabled patient rehabilitation therapy
How Disuse Atrophy Can Be Prevented With Exercise
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Discover the Common Symptoms of Neuralgia or Nerve Pain
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The Link Between Depression and Chronic Pain
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How Do People Cope With Relapsing-Remitting Disorder?
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How Coping With Progressive Disorders Can Be Difficult
woman suffering from neck pain
How Your Nervous System Works to Detect and Interpret Pain Signals
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The 6 Best Chronic Pain Support Groups of 2021
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What Is Raynaud's Syndrome?
What Is Chronic Pain?
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The Best Tests for Diagnosing Chronic Pain
Woman getting ultrasound therapy on her shoulder
How Ultrasounds Are Used to Treat Chronic Pain
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Using Pain Scales to Effectively Communicate Pain Intensity
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Common Tests Used to Diagnose Chronic Pain
Woman with pelvic pain on couch
How Your Pelvic Pain Can Be Diagnosed
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10 Common Types of Pain Scales
patient controlled anesthesia (PCA)
Patient-Controlled Anesthesia (PCA)
Woman Addicted to Painkillers Holding Pills in Her Hand Palm
Naprosyn (naproxen) Side Effects
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Can Tiny Doses of LSD Ease Pain and Depression?
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The 9 Best Heating Pads of 2021
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What to Know About Tylenol #3
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Medicare Coverage for Acupuncture and the Treatment of Low Back Pain
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What Is the Definition of Opiates?
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Take Control of Your Chronic Pain With Physical Therapy
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What Are Opioids?
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Neurontin Abuse on the Rise
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Can Painkillers Actually Be Causing You Pain?
Woman holding her shoulder in pain
Using Buprenorphine for Chronic Pain Management
woman icing painful knee
Learn When to Use Heat and When to Use Cold for Your Aches and Pains
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Using Naproxen for Chronic Pain Management
Chiropractor Performing a Median NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity)
Benefits and Risks of TENS for Chronic Pain
A person receiving ultrasound therapy
How Ultrasound Therapy Is Used by Physical and Occupational Therapists
Man in pain getting prescription from doctor
Can You Ask Your Doctor for Stronger Painkillers?
Man sitting on bed with a chronic backache
Why You Should Use Percocet Safely for Your Chronic Pain
Older woman rubbing her neck
Anticonvulsants May Be Able to Help Your Chronic Pain
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How Adjuvant Analgesics Are Used to Treat Chronic Pain
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Long-term Use of NSAIDs for Chronic Pain and Potential Side Effects
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Benefits and Risks of Opioids for Chronic Pain
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Should You Try Topical Analgesics for Pain?
Oxycodone for chronic pain.
Want to Learn More About the Pain Pill Oxycodone?
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The 5 Types of Medications to Treat Chronic Pain
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Vicodin as Medication for Chronic Pain
Woman taking pill in bathroom
What Meds Are Best for Nerve Pain?
Senior man suffering from knee pain
Heat Can Be Used to Relieve Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain
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Generic Valium: Is It Safe to Take?
White Pills
Why Patients Are Prescribed Corticosteroids With Side Effects
Doctor reviewing medical chart with senior man
How the Nerve Block Procedure Can Treat Neuropathic Pain
Woman with head ache in bed
How to Safely Quit Taking Painkillers
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Overview of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
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Types of Opioids Used for Chronic Pain Relief
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What You Need to Know About Taking Hydrocodone
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NSAIDs Are a Popular Form of Treatment for Many Types of Chronic Pain
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Aspirin as Medication for Chronic Pain
Ibuprofen pain relief tablets
The 9 Best OTC Pain Relievers of 2021
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How Do You Choose the Right OTC Pain Medication?
woman applying pain patch to neck and shoulder
Consider Pain-Relief Patches if Your Pain Is Out of Control
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Do You Know the Most Common Chronic Pain Conditions?
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How We Experience Different Types of Chronic Pain
Woman rubbing her neck
What Does Nerve Pain Feel Like?