Chronic pain is a wide-sweeping term, often describing pain that lasts more than three to six months or pain beyond the point of tissue healing. Some forms of chronic pain can be linked to an identifiable cause, like degenerative disc diseasespinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Other forms of pain have no known or understood cause, such as fibromyalgia or neuropathic pain (nerve pain). Fighting chronic pain is a lifelong struggle for many.

Diabetes may have an adverse effect on existing spinal conditions, including lumbar disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, vertebral osteomyelitis, spinal epidural abscess, vertebral fractures, and neuropathic pain.

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