9 Tweets That Explain Chronic Pain

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By Dr. Justin Larkin, ABC News Medical Unit

More than 25 percent of people in the U.S. experience chronic pain, whether it's from a bad back, cancer surgery or a condition such as fibromyalgia.

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The concept of chronic pain is hard to define and highly subjective. That's why experts say it's so hard to treat. The most common explanation is that any pain lasting longer than three months after a normal healing process can be classified as chronic.

With chronic pain affecting so many Americans, we made it the topic of this week's medical tweet chat moderated by ABC News chief health and medical correspondent, Dr. Richard Besser. Patients and practitioners shared their thoughts on this important medical issue.

In case you missed it, here's the full transcript. Or, scroll through the top twelve tweets below. If you've got something to add, leave it in the comments section below.

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