Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 6 months and is still present after the stimulus injury has resolved. Chronic pain changes chemical pathways in the brain, and alters the body’s response to pain, registering near constant pain signals. In essence, the body is receiving pain signals from the brain, even in the absence of a specific stimulus or injury.
Chronic pain can occur alongside a number of conditions such as low back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathy, cancer and numerous others. Chronic pain manifests differently in each individual, but is usually associated with deep throbbing pain, stabbing pain, burning, and may cause hypersensitivity to stimulus. For instance, migraine sufferers are generally light and sound sensitive, and exposure to these stimulus may increase the migraine pain.