Chronic Widespread & Regional Pain
Chronic pain is a very common symptom in the general population. The terms ‘acute and ‘chronic’ are used to describe the time that pain has been present, as opposed to the more common meaning of severity. Acute describes sudden and short-lived, and ‘chronic’ persistent and lasting for more than three months. Both acute and chronic pain can have any degree of severity from mild to excruciatingly disabling.
Link to article/essay: Ehlers Danlos UK – Fibromyalgia and CF.
by Dr Alan Hakim, MA FRCP – Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, Member Medical Advisory Panel EDS UK & Professor Rodney Grahame CBE MD FRCP FACP, University College Hospital, London
Further reading and information sites:
- Arthritis Research Uk –arthritis-information -(arthritis today autumn 2008) chronic widespread pain
- EDS UK Home Page: www.ehlers-danlos.org ‘making our invisible visible’.
- For information regarding Fibromyalgia www.fmauk.org/
Subject to change.