The Experience of Pain and Suffering from Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Lance M. McCracken
  • Kevin E. Vowles


Pain can create huge problems, whether this pain is transient “everyday pain,” acute post surgical pain, recurrent disease-related pain, or long-standing persistent pain. These problems include disturbed daily functioning, emotional suffering, poor general health, high healthcare use, and high healthcare costs, among others (e.g., Breivik, Collett, Ventafridda, Cohen, & Gallacher, 2006). However, while pain is ubiquitous in human experience, these consequences do not occur in all cases. For researchers and healthcare providers to better understand and manage pain, it is important to accurately discriminate differing pain experiences, identify their initiating causes, and identify the influences that both maintain the pain itself and determine impacts of pain on the daily lives of pain sufferers.

Surely, it is important to pursue a deeper understanding of the processesby which pain, suffering, and disability develop and persist, and the means to effectively address these...


Chronic Pain Acute Pain Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Pain Sufferer Short Term Pain 
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  1. 1.Pain Management UnitRoyal National Hospital for Rheumatic DiseaseBath BA1 1RLUK

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