chronic non-malignant pain about this condition

WHAT IS CHRONIC NON-MALIGNANT PAIN?

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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
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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
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1

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.

2

Pain Alliance Europe (PAE). Survey on chronic pain: Diagnosis, treatment and impact of pain. Pain Alliance Europe 2017

3

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.

4

National Research Council. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, D.C.2011.