“Acute pain is pain that comes on quickly, can be severe, but lasts a relatively short time. Chronic pain can be described as ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being. A simpler definition for chronic or persistent pain is pain that continues when it should not.”The ACPA, 2016
If you think something is wrong, you’re right, but it may not always be what you think it is. Chronic pain is a recognised disorder of your pain or danger alarm system, but the label is not applied lightly. To be diagnosed with chronic or persistent pain you must first of all have been expertly evaluated for all causes of ongoing pain. Sometimes chronic pain is the wrong diagnosis.