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 in that the pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial mishap (sprained back or serious infection) or there may be an ongoing cause of pain (arthritis, cancer, or 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), and psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).
There are many options for treating this condition, including certain medications, injections, and therapies.