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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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Chronic Pain (Overview)

Chronic pain is a condition where pain lasts longer than expected (such as more than 3 months), or in spite of treatment.


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My knees and elbows are very painful. I have chronic pain which has worsened recently. Today, the pain reached my hips. Also, the skin at my elbows and knees is painful to touch. Is it possible that I might be suffering from fatigue?

My knees and elbows are very painful. I have chronic pain which has worsened recently. Today, the pain reached my hips. Also, the skin at my elbows and knees is painful to touch. Is it possible that I might be suffering from fatigue?

Joint Pain: Yes, i agree polyarthritis is arthritis in multiple joint which is often associated with a rheumatologic disorder (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus...). Migratory arthritis, where your pain jumps from one joint to another, brings up the possibility of lyme's disease and other conditions. Definitely talk to your pcp. ...Read more

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
1,086 doctors shared insights

Chronic Pain (Overview)

Chronic pain is a condition where pain lasts longer than expected (such as more than 3 months), or in spite of treatment.


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How much does chronic pain costs the healthcare system and society as a whole?

How much does chronic pain costs the healthcare system and society as a whole?

Societal Pain Stats: Chronic pain exacts a huge toll on society, in the tens of billions of dollars per year, mostly in lost productivity due to absenteeism from work secondary to pain. Direct costs for the provision of care are also staggering as is the cost to provide oversight and surveillance by healthcare, pharmaceutical and police enforcement organizations. As we live longer, pain is likely to affect us all. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Tip)

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

Chronic fatigue is treatable and manageable with the right support systems in place. ...See more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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ultrasound
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Can cutaneous non albican candidiasis affecting skin folds (foreskin) cause epididymo-orchitis/prostatitis symptoms? Chronic pain, pelvic region too

Can cutaneous non albican candidiasis affecting skin folds (foreskin) cause epididymo-orchitis/prostatitis symptoms? Chronic pain, pelvic region too

Yeast infection: If confined to cutaneous areas it will not produce the symptoms you are describing. Suggest you see a urologist and be fully evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Want to get on with my life. How is chronic pain diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Want to get on with my life. How is chronic pain diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Chronic pain: Chronic pain can be due to many problems: trauma, injury, chronic diseases, cancer, inflammation, etc. It is best to speak with your doctor and explain how long have you had, what worsens or improves it, how long it last and they can better assist you. Also engage in alternative therapies such as yoga/tai chi, acupuncture since all of this can help with chronic pain. ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Tip)

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

Living with chronic fatigue can seem tough initially, until the body becomes stronger. ...See more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider a natural alternative to meds like dipsacus
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Would it be useful to do an rnp test for chronic pain and joint pain? What would it show?

Would it be useful to do an rnp test for chronic pain and joint pain? What would it show?

See details: The rnp has little value except high values may be associated with mixed connective tissue disorder. If mctd is not suspected on clinical grounds, the test will not help. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic pain?

What are the tests for chronic pain?

Chronic Conundrum: Chronic pain itself is unique to every individual and so no specific "test" can verify its absence or presence. What is measureable and worthy of testing are the conditions that might precipitate chronic pain. Findings on x-ray, ct, mri, blood work and by clinical examination are sufficient to make a pathological diagnosis, but whether these findings result in chronic pain depends on the person. ...Read more

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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is a symptom in which a person's pain doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, but its constant presence usually means there is ...Read more