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Who develops chronic pain?

Chronic pain is more likely in people over 45 years of age, and becomes more common as people get older. The leading physical factors that may increase the likelihood of developing chronic pain include: being female; having a history of migraine and fibromyalgia; pregnancy; a history of trauma and previous injury; being overweight or obese; smoking; having a history of malignant cancer, and; certain high-risk occupations that involve heavy manual labor.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Costochondritis

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