Chronic Pain | Overview

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What is chronic pain?

There are 2 types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain lets you know that your body is injured and usually doesn't last long. It should go away as your body heals. Chronic pain lasts much longer. Chronic pain may last months or even years. Chronic pain may interfere with your daily activities. And because the pain lasts so long, people who have chronic pain may also have low self-esteem, depression, and anger.

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 03/00

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