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Pain is usually categorized as acute (less than one month in duration) or chronic (longer term). In an effort to assist patients in managing their pain, we have provided detailed information on common chronic disorders, treatments and commonly asked questions.

Common Chronic Disorders and Treatments

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) -- Previously known as causalgia or RSD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Pain is caused by abnormal activity in the sympathetic nervous system.

Chronic Low Back Pain -- Chronic back pain is among the most common pain syndromes affecting men and women equally. The good news is that options are available to manage the pain.

Fibromyalgia -- A common condition, characterized by widespread pain and musculoskeletal tenderness. The majority of sufferers (90%) are women, diagnosed in their 40s and 50s.

Headache -- Headache pain can range from debilitating to bothersome. This site takes you through the symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of migraine, tension-type and rebound headaches.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome -- A musculoskeletal pain disorder which may involve a single muscle or group -- symptoms may be a burning, stabbing, aching or nagging sensation.

Osteoarthritis -- Osteoarthritis significantly impacts psychosocial and physical function and is a leading cause of disability in later life. Pain, the most prominent symptom in most people with osteoarthritis, is the most important determinant of disability.

Phantom and Stump Pain -- This is common for patients who have undergone an amputation. Follow this link for more information about causes and treatment options.

Polyneuropathy -- A condition where nerve damage generally starts in both feet, but may progress to calves, fingers and hands. Also known as Stocking and Glove Neuropathy.

Shingles (Acute Herpes Zoster) -- A skin rash that develops in a belt-like distribution. Postherpetic neuralgia is shingles pain that does not go away.

Sickle Cell Pain -- Sickle cell disease is the name given to a group of illnesses that are a result of red blood cells that become misshapen. While there is no cure for sickle cell disease, there are precautions for preventing painful sickle cell crises and treatments to provide relief during pain crises.

Trigeminal Neuralgia -- Among the most common facial pain syndromes, also called "tic doloreaux." Typically diagnosed in adults, women are affected more than men, as are those with multiple sclerosis.

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