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Chronic pain is a type of pain that lasts or keeps coming back for at least 3–6 months. Your child may have headaches, pain in the abdomen, or pain in other areas of the body. Chronic pain may be related to an illness, such as fibromyalgia or complex regional pain syndrome. Chronic pain may also be related to an injury or a health condition. Sometimes, the cause of chronic pain is not known.
Chronic pain can make it hard for your child to do daily activities. If not treated, chronic pain can lead to anxiety and depression. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your child's pain. Your child may need to work with a pediatric pain specialist to create a treatment plan. The plan may include medicine, counseling, and physical therapy. Many children benefit from a combination of two or more types of treatments to control their pain.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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