Chronic pain is defined as pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is different and may persist for months or longer. Individuals with chronic pain may report feeling discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness, and experience pain as shooting, burning, or aching.
Chronic pain can lead to other problems, such as fatigue, which can cause a loss of motivation. Sleeping problems are commonplace followed by withdrawal from activities due to an increased need to rest. Irritability, depression, and anxiety are also typical symptoms of chronic pain.