What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for chronic pain include:
- Aging. Older adults are more likely to have certain health problems that can lead to chronic pain, such as arthritis, diabetes, and shingles.
- Certain health problems. These include:
- Existing health conditions, such as
fibromyalgia, shingles, arthritis,
anxiety disorders, or phantom limb pain.
- Past health problems, such as joint injuries or past surgeries.
- Overall general health. You may have a
weakened immune system, which can lead to frequent
infections or illness.
- Lifestyle, such as not eating healthy foods, not exercising
regularly, smoking, or having a
drug or alcohol problem.
Other risk factors include stress, relationship problems, or a history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
January 9, 2013
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