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:
- Headaches or migraines
- Back problems
- Nerve damage
- Previous surgery
Depression and stress tend to make pain worse, including chronic pain.
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