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What Is Pain?

Effects of Pain on the Body

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Chronic pain is not harmless. Chronic pain can affect the body both physically and emotionally.

Untreated or unrelieved pain can cause or contribute to the following:

  • Feelings of weakness or fatigue.
  • Nausea.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Difficulty sleeping and disturbances of sleep patterns.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Mood swings, including feeling helpless, angry, irritable, anxious, depressed, or even suicidal.
  • High levels f hormones that cause stress on the lungs and heart.
  • Difficulty with concentration.
  • The ability of the body to recover from illness.
  • Disruption of daily activities.
  • Increase in depression, anxiety and social isolation.
  • Spikes in blood pressure which can lead to heart attacks or strokes.
  • Inactivity.
  • Loss of interest in normal activities, such as personal appearance, work, recreation, and personal relationships.

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