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What Is A Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like:
- A dull ache
Sometimes pain is just one of many symptoms, which can also include:
- Feeling very tired or wiped out
- Not feeling hungry
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood changes
- A lack of energy
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What Happens With Chronic Pain And Depression?
If you have chronic pain and depression, you’ve got plenty of company. Depression is one of the most common psychological issues facing people who suffer from chronic pain, and it often complicates the patient’s conditions and treatment.
Consider these statistics:
According to the American Pain Foundation, about 32 million people in the U.S. report have had pain lasting longer than one year. From one-quarter to more than half of the population that complains of pain to their doctors are depressed.
On average, 65% of depressed people also complain of pain.
People whose pain limits their independence are especially likely to get depressed.