What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can begin with an injury or a problem such as a bulging disk in the spine. It can be associated with complex syndromes such as fibromyalgia. Or you may experience it as headaches, back pain, joint pain, nerve pain, or many other localized symptoms.

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9 Things You Never Knew About Chronic Pain

Plagued by killer headaches? Sports injuries? Mystery soreness? Discover the newest ways to find relief.
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14 Drug-Free Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

Finding relief from chronic pain doesn’t mean relying only on opioid prescriptions or over-the-counter meds. Ease your aches and discomfort by trying these simple, expert-backed tactics—unlike drugs, they have no worrisome side effects.
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What to Know About CBD Oil and Chronic Pain

What is CBD oil, and can it really help reduce pain? Health's medical editor weighs in.
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18 Sciatica Treatments That Really Work

From stretches to surgery, the treatment options that help relieve this major pain in the butt (and back, and leg!).
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I Tried Pumpkin Spice CBD Oil to Treat My Chronic Pain—Here's What Happened

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