As contrasted with acute pain that arises suddenly in response to injury and generally responds quickly to medical treatment, chronic pain is an unpleasant sense of discomfort that persists for more than three months.
Chronic doesn’t necessarily mean severe. It means long-term.
On this website, I’m talking about chronic pain as a psychogenic condition. That simply means that the mind is the real source of a condition that manifests as pain in the body. That doesn’t mean the pain isn’t real or nothing’s going on physically. It’s not “all in your head” either. Yet, something taking place in the mind is resulting in pain in the body.
To be clear, though, sometimes ongoing pain is caused by ongoing damage that results from conditions like arthritis and cancer. If pain remains when there is no continuing physical damage, it becomes a separate medical condition known as chronic pain syndrome. Another term for this coined by Dr. John Sarno is Tension Myositis Syndrome. Dr. Sarno clearly linked chronic pain to an emotional, psychological cause or origin.« Back to Glossary Index