Chronic pain is defined medically as any pain that persists for longer than 3 months. There is no set pattern to the onset of chronic pain or how it affects different people on a daily basis.
The pain itself may be constant or variable and, depending upon the condition causing the pain, may affect the whole body, certain parts of the body or may be focused entirely on one area.
Pain is described in so many ways; “gnawing”, “stabbing”, “shooting”, “like constant electric shocks”, “like a really bad toothache”.
Inevitably, living with chronic pain can be the trigger for other symptoms, particularly psychological or emotional symptoms such as anger, anxiety and even depression. These can become all-consuming and serve to worsen the pain, which in turn can worsen the psychological symptoms, thus perpetuating a down cycle of pain.