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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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      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Article
      • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) facts
      • What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • What are causes and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are complications of rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What are rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs?
      • What tests do physicians use to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? What types of medications treat RA?
      • "First-line" rheumatoid arthritis medications
      • "Second-line" or "slow-acting" rheumatoid arthritis drugs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDs)
      • What are newer rheumatoid arthritis treatments?
      • Rheumatoid arthritis diet, exercise, home remedies, and alternative medicine
      • What about rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Is it possible to prevent rheumatoid arthritis?
      • What specialists treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
      • What new information about RA has come from the 2015 national meeting of the American College of Rheumatology?
      • What research is being done on rheumatoid arthritis?
      • Where can people get additional information on rheumatoid arthritis?
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      Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Article
      • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome facts
      • What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome?
      • What are the risk factors for TMJ syndrome?
      • What causes TMJ syndrome?
      • What are TMJ syndrome symptoms and signs?
      • How is TMJ syndrome diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for TMJ syndrome? Are there any home remedies that provide TMJ pain relief?
      • What is the prognosis for TMJ syndrome?
      • Is it possible to prevent TMJ syndrome?

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