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Chronic pain is pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments.

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    • Lower Back Pain There are many causes of back pain. Pain in the low back can relate to the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae,...learn more »
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      Lower Back Pain Article
      • Low back pain facts
      • What is the anatomy of the low back?
      • What is the function of the low back?
      • What are common causes of lower back pain?
      • What are other causes of lower back pain?
      • What are uncommon causes of low back pain?
      • What are other symptoms and signs sometimes associated with low back pain?
      • How is low back pain diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for low back pain?
      • What is the outlook (prognosis) for low back pain?
      • Can low back pain be prevented?
    • Hip Bursitis Bursitis of the hip results when the fluid-filled sac (bursa) near the hip becomes inflamed due to localized soft tissue trauma...learn more »
    • Menstrual Cramps Menstrual cramps (pain in the belly and pelvic area) are experienced by women as a result of menses. Menstrual cramps are not the...learn more »
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      Menstrual Cramps Article
      • Menstrual cramps facts
      • What are menstrual cramps?
      • How common are menstrual cramps?
      • What is dysmenorrhea?
      • What causes menstrual cramps?
      • Why are some cramps so painful?
      • Can menstrual cramps be measured?
      • What other factors influence menstrual cramps?
      • What are the symptoms of menstrual cramps?
      • How are menstrual cramps diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for common menstrual cramps (primary dysmenorrhea)?
      • What if the cramps are very severe?
      • Are there surgical solutions?
      • What is the treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea?
      • What is the long-term outlook (prognosis) for menstrual cramps?
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as...learn more »
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      Rheumatoid Arthritis Article
      • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) facts
      • What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • What are causes and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs?
      • What are complications of rheumatoid disease?
      • How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?
      • "First-line" rheumatoid arthritis medications
      • "Second-line" or "slow-acting" rheumatoid arthritis drugs
      • What are newer treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What about rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy?
      • Rheumatoid arthritis diet and other treatments
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Can rheumatoid arthritis be prevented?
      • What research is being done on rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Where can people get additional information on rheumatoid arthritis?
    • Crohn's Disease Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the small and large intestine, but which can affect...learn more »
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      Crohn's Disease Article
      • Crohn's disease facts
      • What is Crohn's disease?
      • What causes Crohn's disease?
      • How does Crohn's disease affect the intestines?
      • How is Crohn's disease different from ulcerative colitis?
      • What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?
      • What are the complications of Crohn's disease?
      • How is Crohn's disease diagnosed?
      • How is Crohn's disease treated?
      • Crohn's Disease Medications
      • Anti-inflammatory medications
      • 5-ASA (mesalamine) oral medications
      • 5-ASA rectal medications (Rowasa, Canasa)
      • Corticosteroids
      • Budesonide (Entocort EC)
      • Antibiotics
      • Immuno-modulator medications
      • Azathioprine (Imuran) and 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP, Purinethol)
      • Infliximab (Remicade)
      • Adalimumab (Humira)
      • Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)
      • Natalizumab (Tysabri)
      • Methotrexate
      • Surgery in Crohn's disease
      • Are there any recommendations for diet and supplementation for Crohn's disease?
      • Conclusions
    • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SI Joint Pain) Sacroiliac joint (SI) dysfunction is a general term to reflect pain in the SI joints. Causes of SI joint pain include...learn more »
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      Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SI Joint Pain) Article
      • What are the sacroiliac (SI) joints?
      • What is sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
      • What causes sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
      • What are sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms?
      • How is sacroiliac joint dysfunction diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
      • How can sacroiliac joint dysfunction be prevented?

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