Chronic pain syndrome is chronic pain that causes secondary complications, which make the original chronic pain worse. Examples include pain that causes insomnia (trouble sleeping), job loss, financial problems, guilt, fear, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
These problems also cause stress, which can make your pain even worse. Put simply, when you are in pain, your nervous system signals your brain that you have pain. Stress can cause muscle tenseness or spasms or other changes to the way your body normally functions, signaling your brain that your pain is worse.Return to Personal Injury Glossary