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Chronic Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that does not get better for 3 months or longer. Chronic pain may hurt all the time, or come and go.

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask where your pain is, what it feels like, and when it started. Your provider will ask how your pain is affecting your daily life, your mood, and your sleep. Tell your provider if anything helps your pain or makes it worse. You may need any of the following:

How is chronic pain treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What else can I do to manage chronic pain?

What do I need to know if I take prescription pain medicine?

Call your local emergency number, or have someone else call (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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