The term “chronic pain” is used to describe any type of persistent and recurring discomfort that lasts for three months or more.
There are different types and causes of chronic pain, but it is generally the result of one or more other conditions such as an injury, infection, pressure on nerves, cancer, autoimmune disease, arthritis, and depression.
Chronic pain symptoms are tingling, numbness, sensitivity to touch, and burning feelings.
Acute pain is the pain that feels sharp, intense, and usually lasts for a short period of time.
Acute pain symptoms are throbbing, cramping, stabbing, and burning.
Visceral pain is an intense, deep pain that's felt in the chest, abdomen, or back. The pain can be described as a deep ache that feels like pressure, tightness, fullness, heaviness, burning sensation, or cramping.
Visceral pain can be described as an intense burning sensation in the abdomen that can spread to other parts of the body.
Neuropathic pain is a distinctive type of pain that is caused by damage or irritation to the nerve cells apparently due to an underlying disease process. It is not referred to as "neuropathy" meaning "nerve disease" because it can be caused by conditions other than diseases of the peripheral nervous system.
It is also hard for people living with neuropathic pain to tell where their pain is coming from. This type of pain may feel like it’s all over the body or in just one spot.
Nociceptive pain is a type of pain that is caused by injury or other stimuli to tissues that are sensitive to noxious stimuli.
Nociceptive pain is the most common type of pain, arising from both tissue injury and inflammatory processes. It can be divided into somatic and visceral subtypes.
Nociceptive pain can be sharp and stabbing or aching and throbbing. It can also change in intensity depending on the type of stimulus (e.g., pressure) and where it occurs on the body (e.g., deep tissue vs superficial). It may vary from mild to severe and it may vary from one person to another.
Radicular pain is a type of pain from a nerve root in the spine. It can be felt in the arms, hands, or legs and it often occurs when sitting or lying down.
The most common cause is herniated discs, but other causes include spinal stenosis, spinal cord compression, spondylolisthesis, and cervical spondylosis.
Radicular pain symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or weakness in that leg.
Cancer-related pain is usually called "pain related to cancer" or "cancer-related pain." It can be felt in many different body parts and areas: chest, back, abdomen, joints, and bones. Many people who have cancer also report having moderate to severe chronic pain.
The most common cause of cancer pain is metastasis. It is an injury to nerves caused by the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body.
Symptoms that might occur along with pain
Loss of Appetite
Inability to concentrate
Lack of energy