Pain signals use the spinal cord and nerve fibres to travel to our brain. Acute pain tells us that something is wrong and often needs treatment – for example, a broken bone. Chronic pain is more long-term pain, which often serves no useful purpose. It is estimated that there around 800,000 people in Scotland with chronic pain.
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Chronic pain may be related to a condition, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be related to pain from an operation or injury which continues after healing would have expected to take place. Sometimes, chronic pain has no detectable cause in illness, injury or operation. Over time, chronic pain can be highly debilitating, affecting our energy levels, sleep patterns, ability to work and relationships.
Pain can also take different forms. Musculosketal is pain felt in the bones or muscles. Neuropathic is pain that happens through the nervous system. Nociceptive is pain caused by inflammation of a tissue. Referred pain is pain that is felt in one part of the body, but is caused in another part of the body.