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How is chronic pain different than short-lived pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Chronic pain is different than the sensation you feel when you burn your finger or scrape your knee. In contrast to short-lived forms of pain, chronic pain occurs when your nervous system continues to fire pain signals for months or even years after the initial injury. Chronic pain can become worse over time because nerve fibers, like well-trained muscles, learn to deliver pain signals to the brain more effectively. The intensity of the signal increases as your brain becomes more sensitive to the pain message. Some call this the "wind up phenomenon" of chronic pain.
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