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Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain can be caused by any number of diseases or injuries, from sprains and strains to cancer. Some of the most common causes of chronic pain are back pain, headaches, joint pain and nerve pain. Pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and central pain syndrome also top the list.

Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia is one of the lesser understood types of chronic pain. Learn about fibromyalgia pain, how it is diagnosed and how to treat it.

What Causes Chronic Back Pain?
Chronic back pain is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. What can cause it?

Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. Read what causes chronic back pain, how it is diagnosed and what you can do to treat it.

Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Many people suffer from chronic nerve pain. Types, treatments and coping strategies for chronic nerve pain.

What Does Nerve Pain Feel Like?
Chronic nerve pain has its own unique set of symptoms.

What is Central Pain Syndrome?
Central pain syndrome occurs after some types of nervous system damage. Causes, types and treatment of central pain syndrome.

Common Types of Neuropathic Pain
Chronic neuropathic pain is caused by a disorder of the nervous system. Common types of neuropathic pain and their symptoms.

Causes of Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Chronic neuropathic pain can be caused by disease or damage. In some cases, the cause is a mystery. Common causes of chronic neuropathic pain.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes and Treatment
Trigeminal neuralgia causes bouts of severe facial pain. What causes trigeminal neuralgia, and how it is treated.

What is Tic Douloureux?
The terms tic douloureux comes from France: what chronic pain condition does it describe?

About Postherpetic Neuralgia
Postherpetic neuralgia is a type of chronic pain that is caused by shingles. How this happens, and how postherpetic neuralgia is treated.

What Is PMPS?
PMPS stands for post mastectomy pain syndrome. What causes PMPS?

Six Main Types of Chronic Pain
There are countless types of chronic pain, however there are six main classifications of chronic pain.

What Is CRPS?
CRPS, or complex regional pain syndrome, is a type of chronic pain disorder. Causes and symptoms of CRPS.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
RSD, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome, is a disorder that causes swelling and tenderness in the hands and feet. Causes, symptoms and treatment of RSD.

What Is Idiopathic Pain?
Idiopathic pain is often hard to diagnose and treat. What causes idiopathic pain.

What is Nociceptive Pain?
Nociceptive pain is detected by specialized sensory nerves. Types of nociceptive pain, and how it is detected.

What Is Psychogenic Pain?
Psychogenic pain has a primarily psychological origin. Causes and treatment of psychogenic pain.

Chronic Post-Hernia Repair Pain -- Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Chronic post hernia repair pain is a prevalent problem. What causes it, what the symptoms are and how to treat chronic post hernia repair pain.

Types of Chronic Postoperative Pain
Chronic postoperative pain can develop after almost any surgery, but some types are more common than others. What causes chronic postoperative pain?

What Causes Chronic Post Mastectomy Pain?
Some women develop chronic postoperative pain following a mastectomy or other types of breast surgery. What causes post mastectomy pain, and how to treat it.

What Causes Chronic Postoperative Pain?
Chronic postoperative pain is more common than you might think. This article explains what causes chronic postoperative pain, and how it can be prevented.

Plantar Fasciitis -- Causes and Treatment
Plantar fasciitis affects many adults, causing discomfort in one or both feet. What causes plantar fasctiitis, and how it is treated.

What Is CPSP?
CPSP stands for chronic post surgical pain. About CPSP and what causes it.

Chronic Postoperative Pain
Postoperative pain is expected, but what happens when it lasts longer than it should? This article explains what chronic postoperative pain is, what causes it, and how to treat it.

Pudendal Neuropathy -- Chronic Pelvic Pain Caused by the Pudendal Nerve
Pudendal neuropathy can cause chronic pelvic pain, among other symptoms. Causes and treatment of pudendal neuropathy.

Genitofemoral Neuropathy -- A Cause of Pelvic Nerve Pain
Gentiofemoral neuropathy is a type of pelvic nerve pain that can affect both men and women. Causes, symptoms and treatment of genitofemoral neuropathy.

Can Abdominal Surgery Cause Chronic Pelvic Nerve Pain?
It is rare, but it can happen: hernia or appendix surgery can cause damage to pelvic nerves, which can lead to chronic pelvic nerve pain. Why this is possible...

Chronic Pelvic Nerve Pain
Chronic pelvic nerve pain describes pelic pain caused by nerve damage or dysfunction. Types, symptoms and treatment of pelvic nerve pain.

What Causes Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy? About Pelvic Joint Instability.
Pelvic joint instability is a leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women, especially after pregnancy. Diagnosis, symptoms and treatment of pelvic joint pain and pregnancy.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is an infection that can lead to chronic pelvic pain in women. Symtoms, causes and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease.

Pelvic Pain Caused by Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are a leading cause of chronic pelvic pain in women. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids.

About Vulvodynia - A Women's Pelvic Pain Condition
Vulvodynia is a type of women's pelvic pain. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vulvodynia.

About Endometriosis -- Pelvic Pain Caused by Endometriosis
Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of chronic pelvic pain in women. Endometriosis symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Common causes and symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, as well as treatments and advice for coping.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pelvic pain symptoms can vary depending on the cause. The most common chronic pain symptoms by diagnosis.

Women's Pelvic Pain
Women's pelvic pain is often caused by disorders in the reproductive organs. Conditions, symptoms and treatment of women's pelvic pain.

Male Pelvic Pain Associated With Prostatitis
Women aren't the only ones with chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain associated with prostatitis affects men only. Symptoms and treatment of male pelvic pain associated with prostatitis.

Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain can be hard to diagnose, as there are quite a few conditions that can cause it. Learn more.

Tell Us All About Your Worst Headache!
Migraine? Tension headache? Sinus pressure? Readers talk about the worst headaches they have ever had.

Chronic Headache Pain
Headaches are one of the most common chronic pain conditions. Types of chronic headaches, chronic headache treatments and how to cope with chronic headache pain.

Types of Chronic Headaches
Chronic headaches are among the most commonly reported types of chronic pain. Chronic headaches include migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches.

Chronic Pain Sufferers: What is the Worst Headache You Have Ever Had?
Migraine? Tension headache? Sinus pressure? Readers talk about the worst headaches they have ever had.

Conditions Commonly Associated With Chronic Pain
The term chronic pain can be used to describe a number of pain conditions as well as pain symptoms associated with other conditions. Some of the most common conditions include back pain, joint pain, headaches and nerve pain.

What is Neuropathic Pain?
Description, types and causes of neuropathic pain.

Spotlight on Phantom Pain
Did you know that even after a limb is amputated, it can be felt? Phantom sensations can be a problem, however, when they cause severe pain in a limb that is no longer there. It’s hard enough to treat chronic pain. How do you treat pain in a limb that has already been removed?)

What Are Nociceptors?
You may have heard the term nociceptor before, but do you know what it means? Nociceptors detect pain and send signals to the spinal cord and brain. Where nociceptors are located and what makes them fire.

What Is Somatic Pain?
What is somatic pain, and why does it occur? How somatic pain is sensed and how it can be treated.

What Is Visceral Pain?
Many of us experience visceral pain without even knowing what it is. How we detect visceral pain, what causes it and how to treat it.

Arthritis: Chronic Joint Pain
Arthritis is one of the most common types of chronic pain, affecting all ages. Learn what causes it, how it is diagnosed and how to treat arthritis pain.

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