Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members
Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members

Chronic Pain Affects 3 Million Veterans...

Pain & Pain Management

Pain is a feeling of physical or emotional discomfort, with a wide range of degrees, from mild nuisance pain to intense debilitating pain. Pain can influence a person’s physical and mental well-being, as well as daily functioning, depending on the degree and frequency.

Pain may be acute or chronic. Acute pain can be the result of actual or potential tissue damage and lasts less than three months.  Acute pain often resolves over time (and sometimes completely on its own).  However, at times acute pain can persist beyond three months and become chronic.

Chronic pain is complex and often brings with it a host of other symptoms and illnesses like fatigue, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, difficulty with coordination, and impaired mental function.  While chronic pain can most often be successfully managed, it often cannot be cured. Examples of conditions that are associated with chronic pain include: traumatic injuries, arthritis, neuropathy, migraines, and nerve damage.

—Managing Pain—

Information from the experts for improving the experience of acute and chronic pain.

Patient Resource Group

Patient Resource Group Overview The Patient Resource Group (PRG) was developed to support and advise patients, investigators, and study leadership regarding the...

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History of Pain Management

See how pain has been understood and treated throughout documented human history.

A Time Line of Pain Managment

Scroll through this time line to see the era's philosophy on pain, and the treatments, if any.
Scroll through the history of pain management

Additional Resources for Managing Pain

Opioid Disposal in the Media & CIH

As studies in Pain Management Collaboratory research nonpharmacological alternatives to chronic pain, it is important to consider what one should do with unused prescription opioids in their possession. The proper way to dispose of opioids is often unclear, and often misconstrued by the headlines.

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