How long does Pain last

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Jun 18, 2012

Pain is a symptom, which is caused because of actual or possible injury to the body. Pain may be caused due to several varying causes such as injury, infection or cancer. It may occur after an injury (a fall, a broken bone), in illness (flu, toothache, headache, ear pain) or in a serious disease (such as appendicitis, cancer). Depending on the duration of pain, it can be classified as acute pain or chronic pain.

How long does acute pain last?

Acute pain is most often caused because of injury (fracture, sprain), infection (ear pain, tooth ache) or surgery. Acute pain in most cases lasts for a few days and only rarely does it last for weeks or months. Acute pain usually, however, does not last longer than six months and improves when the underlying cause of pain is treated or has healed. If acute pain is not relieved, it may lead to chronic pain.

How long does acute pain last?

Chronic pain does not go away after the injury has healed. You may continue to experience pain for weeks, months or even years as the pain signals remain active in the nervous system. Some of the common chronic pain complaints include:

  • headache,
  • low back pain,
  • cancer pain,
  • arthritis pain and
  • neuropathic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves such as trigeminal neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain and post herpetic neuralgia).

People with chronic pain may experience recurrence and remission of symptoms (pain and other associated symptoms). For instance, a person with arthritis may have flare-up of pain and swelling of joint, which may decrease with treatment or if you have migraine, you may experience repeated attacks of headache, which gets relieved with medications, though it may occur again.



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