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Understanding Chronic Pain

If you suffer from pain, you are not alone. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than one-quarter of Americans age 20 and over have suffered from some form of pain lasting more than 24 hours.1 And unlike other major illnesses, pain is largely misunderstood and undertreated.

The first step to finding relief from pain is to understand what pain is and why we feel it. Use the following information to develop a broader understanding of chronic pain and the different options that are available for managing it.

What Is Pain?
Better understand what pain is.

When Pain Becomes Chronic
Learn what chronic pain is and what the different types are.

Managing Chronic Pain
Discover what your options are and whom you should talk with to evaluate your symptoms.

Evaluating Your Chronic Pain
Use the Chronic Pain Assessment to help communicate how chronic pain affects your life.

Neurostimulation as a Pain Management Option
Find out about neurostimulation for the management for chronic pain.

1 National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2006 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf. Published November 2006. Accessed July 20, 2010.