ZOOMING IN ON CHRONIC PAIN
In the past, when someone complained of having had constant pain for months or years, he or she was often considered a hypochondriac. Today, thanks to research, we know that there is indeed such a thing as chronic pain and that can be a condition in itself. However, it is a poorly understood, major public health problem that wreaks havoc on the lives of those affected.
Pain explained – Pain Pathways and Medications.
This painexplained.ca poster describes the basic pathways that pain signals usually follow during an acute pain episode (recent onset, transient, lasting from several minutes to less than 30 days).