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Chronic Pain Information Page
Synonym:
Pain - Chronic

Table of Contents
What is Chronic Pain?
Is there any treatment?
What is the prognosis?
What research is being done?
Organizations

What is Chronic Pain?
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap -- sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain -- arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

Is there any treatment?
Medications, acupuncture, local electrical stimulation, and brain stimulation, as well as surgery, are some treatments for chronic pain. Some physicians use placebos, which in some cases has resulted in a lessening or elimination of pain. Psychotherapy, relaxation and medication therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be employed to treat chronic pain.

What is the prognosis?
Many people with chronic pain can be helped if they understand all the causes of pain and the many and varied steps that can be taken to undo what chronic pain has done. Scientists believe that advances in neuroscience will lead to more and better treatments for chronic pain in the years to come.

What research is being done?
Clinical investigators have tested chronic pain patients and found that they often have lower-than-normal levels of endorphins in their spinal fluid. Investigations of acupuncture include wiring the needles to stimulate nerve endings electrically (electroacupuncture), which some researchers believe activates endorphin systems. Other experiments with acupuncture have shown that there are higher levels of endorphins in cerebrospinal fluid following acupuncture. Investigators are studying the effect of stress on the experience of chronic pain. Chemists are synthesizing new analgesics and discovering painkilling virtues in drugs not normally prescribed for pain.

Organizations

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA   95677-0850
ACPA@pacbell.net
http://www.theacpa.org/
Tel: 916-632-0922 800-533-3231
Fax: 916-632-3208

American Council for Headache Education
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, NJ   08061
achehq@talley.com
http://www.achenet.org/
Tel: 856-423-0258 800-255-ACHE (255-2243)
Fax: 856-423-0082

American Pain Foundation
201 North Charles Street
Suite 710
Baltimore, MD   21201-4111
info@painfoundation.org
http://www.painfoundation.org/
Tel: 888-615-PAIN (7246) 410-783-7292
Fax: 410-385-1832

Arthritis Foundation
1330 West Peachtree Street
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA   30309
help@arthritis.org
http://www.arthritis.org/
Tel: 800-283-7800 404-965-7100
Fax: 404-872-0457

Mayday Fund [For Pain Research]
c/o SPG
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY   10011
mayday@maydayfund.org
http://www.painandhealth.org/
Tel: 212-366-6970
Fax: 212-366-6979

National Chronic Pain Outreach Association (NCPOA)
P.O. Box 274
Millboro, VA   24460
ncpoa@cfw.com
http://www.chronicpain.org/
Tel: 540-862-9437
Fax: 540-862-9485

National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
P.O. Box 70045
Houston, TX   77270
markgordon@paincare.org
http://www.paincare.org/
Tel: 713-862-9332
Fax: 713-862-9346

National Headache Foundation
820 N. Orleans
Suite 217
Chicago, IL   60610-3132
info@headaches.org
http://www.headaches.org/
Tel: 773-388-6399 888-NHF-5552 (643-5552)
Fax: 773-525-7357

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
45 Center Dr, Rm. 4AS19 MSC 6400
Bethesda, MD   20892-6400
nidrinfo@od31.nidr.nih.gov
http://www.nidr.nih.gov/
Tel: 301-496-4261

 

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Last updated December 03, 2004

   
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