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Chronic pain is persistent and long-lasting pain that can last weeks, months and even years. Pain signals continue to fire in the nervous system for prolonged periods of time. Chronic pain is different than acute pain, which is a normal sensation triggered to alert you to a possible injury. In people with chronic pain, there may have been an initial traumatic injury or chronic illness. However, some individuals have chronic pain without a past injury or condition.
Chronic pain often affects older adults, and common chronic pain complaints...