The Definition of Chronic Pain
You’re not surprised or confused by pain when it occurs alongside an acute health problem, such as an auto accident injury, sports injury or localized infection. Pain in these circumstances is only natural — plus you have the reassurance of knowing that the pain will last only as long as it takes you to recover from the underlying problem. But chronic pain offers no such reassurance. This type of pain lasts longer than 3 months, and may even last a lifetime if the underlying cause is incurable. The pain may come and go, or it may plague you continuously. It may be a mild annoyance, or it may be a debilitating agony.