Chronic Pain | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes chronic pain?

Sometimes, chronic pain is caused by an old injury or infection, or by a disease. Sometimes there is no known cause for the pain.

Conditions that may trigger or cause chronic pain include:

  • Infections
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Back problems
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve damage
  • Previous surgery

Depression and stress tend to make pain worse, including chronic pain.


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Written by editorial staff

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