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CHRONIC PAIN ABOUT THIS CONDITION

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

Chronic pain is persistent pain that adversely affects your well-being, level of function, and quality of life for more than 3 to 6 months.

Common symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • A burning sensation
  • A dull muscular ache
  • Numbness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Skin changes
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

TYPES OF CHRONIC PAIN

CHRONIC BACK AND LEG PAIN

Chronic back and leg pain is described as pain that has been felt in the back or leg for six months or longer.

Chronic back and leg pain can result from a number of spinal conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Epidural fibrosis
  • Arachnoiditis

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition that most often affects the arms, legs, hands, or feet. CRPS is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or causalgia.

CRPS usually develops in a limb after an injury (such as a broken bone) or surgery. The exact cause of CRPS is unknown.

PAINFUL NEUROPATHY

Painful neuropathy is a neurological disorder where people experience chronic pain due to nerve damage. Nerves connect the spinal cord to the body and help the brain communicate with skin, muscles, and internal organs.

Painful neuropathies may be a result of diabetes, nutritional imbalances, alcoholism, toxins, chemotherapy, infections, autoimmunity, trauma of the nerves, and/or illnesses, such as kidney failure or cancer.


MEDTRONIC PAIN THERAPIES MAY HELP YOU FIND RELIEF

If you experience any of the conditions or symptoms of chronic pain, talk to your doctor to find out if a Medtronic device could be right for you.

Medtronic offers spinal cord stimulation and targeted drug delivery to help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

Spinal cord stimulation helps interrupt pain signals that travel between your spinal cord and brain, which may help with chronic pain.

LEARN ABOUT SCS

TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY

Targeted drug delivery is a safe and effective way to manage chronic pain with fewer side effects and lower doses than oral medication.1

LEARN ABOUT TDD

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1

Hamza M, Doleys D, Wells M, et al. Prospective study of 3-year follow-up of low dose intrathecal opioids in the management of chronic nonmalignant pain. Pain Med. 2012;13:1304-1313.


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