Chronic non-malignant pain is ongoing or recurrent pain lasting longer than the time of normal healing for an illness or injury, or more than 3 to 6 months. It is a persistent pain that adversely affects your wellbeing, level of function and quality of life.1
what causes chronic pain?
Chronic non-malignant pain can have many causes. It can be the result of an injury; it can also be caused by nerve damage as a result of an infection or surgery. Spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease can also result in chronic pain.1
did you know?
- Nearly 1 out of 5 persons in Europe suffers from pain2
- Almost 1/3 of chronic non-malignant pain patients are untreated according to a European survey3
- 40% of patients in Europe report inadequate non-malignant pain control from current treatment3
- Only 21% of pain patients participating in a European survey were treated in a dedicated pain clinic2
- 68% of pain patients participating in a European survey live ≥ 1 year without a diagnosis2
- The majority of the survey respondents lived with pain about 7 years2
HOW IS CHRONIC non-malignant PAIN DIAGNOSED?
You may have chronic non-malignant pain if your pain has lasted more than three to six months. Talk to your doctor for more information.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC non-malignant PAIN?
Chronic pain is defined as ongoing or recurrent pain that persists past normal healing time (typically by 3-6 months) and adversely affects your well-being.
The nature of pain and sometimes its location can change over time.
You may feel:
- A sharp or stabbing pain
- A burning sensation
- A dull muscular ache4
Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education, Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011.
Pain Alliance Europe (PAE). Survey on chronic pain: Diagnosis, treatment and impact of pain. Pain Alliance Europe 2017
Breivik H et al. Survey of chronic pain in Europe: Prevalence, impact on daily life, and treatment. Eur J Pain 2006, 10(4): 287-333.
National Research Council. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, D.C.2011.