Chronic pain is discomfort that lasts longer than six months and can go on even after your injury has healed or your illness has gone away. Some people experience chronic pain for years. It can disrupt your daily life, impairing your ability to work, drive, handle household chores—even walk or sit up. Examples of chronic pain include lower back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndromes and nerve pain.
Treatment for chronic pain focuses on managing symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Some treatments include reconditioning programs, physical therapy, stress management, coping skills training, biofeedback, epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, nerve ablations and medicine management.