No. It doesn't. Or at least that's what the New York Times article, "Living With Pain That Just Won't Go Away" tells us in its first part of a three part column concerning chronic pain.
Chronic pain, as defined by this article, is one that does not seem to go away or respond to treatment. The pain may have begun with an injury or disease but persists after the injury or disease has been resolved.
Pain Management specialist Dr. Jennifer P. Schneider, contributes to this article with definitions of the two major types of chronic pain:
“Arises from injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments or in the internal organs,” she writes. Undamaged nerve cells responding to an injury outside themselves transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and then to the brain. The resulting pain is usually described as deep and throbbing. Examples include chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain.
“Results from abnormal nerve function or direct damage to a nerve.” Among the causes are shingles, diabetic neuropathy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, phantom limb pain, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, multiple sclerosis,Parkinson's Disease, stroke and spinal cord injury.
According to Dr. Schneider some forms of chronic pain such as sciatica is a combination of nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
Chronic pain sufferers are sometimes accused by friends and family of feigning discomfort in order to invite attention and avoid responsibilities. If it were up to every human being, we would all be inviting attention and avoiding responsibilities all day long and we would call this paradise. But, as the article rightly points out, to use chronic pain as a means to this end is not something anyone with any common sense would do. Those of us with common sense invest in foosball tables and Guitar Hero.
Jennifer P. Schneider, M.D., Ph.D., is an expert in the management of chronic pain with opioids. She has extensive clinical experience in treating patients with chronic non-cancer pain of all types. She has published several articles on this topic in professional journals. She is a frequent lecturer to physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses case managers, and addiction counselors about appropriate use of opioids in chronic pain, including in patients with a history of chemical dependency.