Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history, unclear cause, and lack of response to conventional therapy. CPS is a poorly defined condition, as it is a very broad condition. General speaking, authors suggest that any pain that persists longer than the reasonably expected healing time for the involved tissues should be considered chronic pain, generally this is considered 6 months or longer.
Chronic pain may start after an initial trauma, injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. There is often an emotional toll with chronic pain which can amplify the symptoms.
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