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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Here’s What Experts Want You to Know About Living With Chronic Pain

Much about chronic pain remains a mystery—but there are research-backed remedies that can help. Here’s why doctors are hopeful about the diagnosis.
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People Living With Chronic Pain Are Turning to This Support Group for Help

Debilitating pain made these women feel depressed and suicidal—until they joined Chronic Pain Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship that offers hope.
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