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Causes of Chronic Pain Syndromes

Causes of Chronic Pain Syndromes

Chronic pain syndromes do not have a specific cause. Pain syndromes are often initiated by musculoskeletal, neurological, urological, gastrointestinal and pelvic problems. People with psychological disorders are at higher risk for developing a chronic pain syndrome.

Chronic Pain Syndromes: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Chronic Pain Syndromes: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Chronic Pain Syndromes:

Causes of Broader Categories of Chronic Pain Syndromes: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Chronic Pain Syndromes?

Causes: Chronic Pain Syndromes: Recent studies have found that some people with chronic pain may have low levels of endorphins in their spinal fluid. Endorphins are neurochemicals, similar to opiate drugs such as morphine. Endorphins are produced by the brain and released into the body in response to pain as a natural pain killer. Researchers are also investigating the role that stress may play in chronic pain.

Chronic pain often begins as an acute injury with acute pain. The pain then continues or lingers beyond the natural course of healing. Common injuries that can lead to chronic pain include joint, back, neck and spinal cord injuries. Chronic pain also frequently results from a disease process. Common examples include infectious conditions, such as shingles (a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus) and osteomylitis (an infection in the bone or bone marrow). Chronic diseases, such as arthritis and cancer, can also cause chronic pain. Other common causes of chronic pain include migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition in which there is widespread muscle, ligament, and tendon pain, and tender areas on the body accompanied by chronic fatigue.

Chronic pain is also associated with depression. The two are connected closely because the mood and pain perception centers are both located in the same areas of the brain. Both chronic pain and depression can deplete the body's sores of endorphins and other neurochemical that regulate mood and sensation and result in an exacerbation of the other condition. Seventy-five percent of patients with clinical depression have complaints of physical symptoms, especially chronic pain. In addition, clinical depression occurs in about 30% of patients with chronic pain, and anyone in pain can experience some level of mood change, according to the National Pain Foundation.

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As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Chronic Pain Syndromes may be found in:


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