The patient with chronic pain will display a number of key features including a long pain history including ineffective attempts at pain management.
- Many patients may have comorbid conditions and treatments that need to be considered during a thorough evaluation of the patient
- Very few patients truly “accept” that they have to live with pain and most hope their physician will be able to take their pain away
- Pain that continues for months and years despite attempts at treatment can be disabling, frightening and frustrating
- Most chronic pain patients display evidence of psychosocial factors contributing to and compounding their pain condition