There are two types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain is usually short term, and is a normal reaction triggered by the nervous system to signal a likely injury or the need for medical attention. Acute pain does not last for long periods of time. Chronic pain is pain that does not go away. I can last for weeks, months and even years. It can be caused by many things, such as an injury, sprained back, or infection, or by a medical condition, like arthritis, infection, fibromyalgia, and migraines, for example. Sometimes a person can suffer from chronic pain without having any old injury or evidence of a medical condition. Chronic pain sufferers report low back pain, arthritis pain, headache, neurogenic pain (from damaging peripheral nerves or the central nervous system), and pain from cancer most often.
Medication, surgery, local electric stimulation, brain stimulation, and acupuncture are common treatments for chronic pain. Behavior modification, psychotherapy, and relaxation techniques also may help victims of chronic pain.
Here are some cases of different types of chronic pain. Click on these links to find more information on each topic.
Here are some types of medications used to treat these symptoms. Some medications may not be right for you, so always consult a physician before taking prescription medications.