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What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain means the pain lasts longer. It doesn’t go away, or it goes away for a while and then comes back. "Chronic" means something going on for a long time. Chronic pain starts the same way as any other pain, but if the injury doesn’t heal, the danger receptors keep sending messages to the brain, and the brain keeps sending pain messages back. The nerves become sensitive to make sure the messages get through easily, but if this goes on for too long, the nerves can become hypersensitive. This means they send damage messages to the brain, even when the injury has healed. This fools the brain into sending pain messages. This means that you can feel pain even when the injury has healed. In chronic pain, the messages are delivered non-stop to the brain. This means the pain never lets up.

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