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Functional pain: time for a new name

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Tags: chronic pain, headache, fibromyalgia, pain problems, head, head/neck

Two articles on PainSci cite Schechter 2014: (1) The Complete Guide to Chronic Tension Headaches(2) The 3 Basic Types of Pain

PainSci notes on Schechter 2014:

Schecter explains several problems with the term “functional pain disorder,” and particularly highlights its strong and ridiculous connotation of a psychological problem in modern use. He proposes a much tidier and more description: “primary pain disorder.”

Therefore, a new neutral name is proposed for this category, primary pain disorders. This term arises from the headache field, where headaches are categorized as primary (the head pain itself is the central problem) or secondary (the headache is due to other factors such as increased intracranial pressure or infection, for example). The term primary pain disorder implies that the pain itself is the disease.

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