Persistent (Chronic) Pain
Persistent pain is pain that lasts longer than three months. Sometimes the cause of the pain is apparent but often there is no evidence of tissue damage. Persistent pain can significantly interfere with quality of life and can be made worse by the anxiety, stress, despair and anger that often accompany the pain.
Pain can affect just about every aspect of people’s lives. It can affect:
- the way people move
- how much they do
- how far they go
- how able they are to take part in activities
- how confident and optimistic they feel
- relationships with others
- how well they sleep or concentrate
- how they manage work or college
- how much they enjoy life
- As time goes on the effects of pain become more complicated.
Pain management is not trying to cure pain but aims to explain and reduce the effects above by giving people information and helping them develop coping skills that enable them to live well alongside ongoing pain.