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The primary NIH organization for research on Pain is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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Pain Awareness Month
The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.

What is pain?
Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.
MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

  • MedlinePlus: National Library of Medicine
    The site provides most current information about different aspects of pain: overview, diagnosis, treatments, latest news, rehabilitation, and much more. Information is available in 17 languages including Spanish
  • Pain: Hope Through Research Description: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker
    National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    Provides brief history of pain, types of pain, diagnosis, therapy, research, and more. Also available in Spanish.
  • Classification of chronic pain: Descriptions of Chronic Pain Syndromes and Definitions of Pain Terms
    Second Edition (Revised)
    International Association for the Study of Pain
    originally published in 1986, with a second edition published in 1994. Updates were made to selected sections in 2011 and 2012, including the pain definitions (taxonomy). Going forward, because the material will be updated on a periodic and continual basis by IASP's pain experts. Book will no longer be available in a print version.

What is Acute Pain?

What is Chronic Pain?