What is chronic pain?
Pain that lasts for three months or longer is called chronic. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It's normal for you to have pain when you are injured or ill. But pain that lasts for weeks, months or years is not normal.
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body. It can range from being mild and annoying to being so bad that it gets in the way of your daily activities.
Anyone can get chronic pain. It's more common in older adults, but it's not a normal part of aging. Older adults are more likely to have long-term medical problems, such as diabetes or arthritis, which can lead to ongoing pain.
What causes chronic pain?
The cause of chronic pain is not always clear. It may occur because brain chemicals that usually stop pain after you get better from an illness or injury are not working right. Or damaged nerves can cause the pain. Chronic pain can also occur without a known cause.
How is chronic pain treated?
Living with chronic pain can be hard. Especially when the cause is unknown. In addition to the physical pain, chronic pain can also lead to emotional effects which can include depression, anger, anxiety and fear.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, talk to your doctor about making a clear treatment plan. It’s especially important to talk with your doctor when trying or changing any prescribed medicine. The best plan may include combining treatments.
What benefits does Harvard Pilgrim offer?*
Harvard Pilgrim provides coverage for many FDA-approved prescription non-opioid drug** products that are effective pain management alternatives and have a lesser potential for misuse than opioid drug products.
We also support a wide range of evidence-based treatments for pain management as alternatives to opioids including coverage for:
Living with chronic pain can be managed with the right combination of lifestyle changes, medical and behavioral interventions as determined by you and your doctor.
* Refer to My Plan Documents for details on your coverage.
**Not all employer-sponsored plans offer Harvard Pilgrim prescription drug benefits. Refer to My Plan Documents for details on your coverage.
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