Of course, there are many kinds of pain and different causes. Yet, most types of chronic pain share a similar pattern:

  • Initially, some form of local pain happens.
  • Then, pain recurs. Your nervous system gets sensitized.
  • Eventually, your threshold lowers for local pain.
  • Finally, additional stresses ramp up the runaway pain cycle…and we may end up disabled by pain that isn’t even there!
how chronic pain develops