Chronic Abdominal Pain
Functional abdominal pain syndrome (FAPS) is a term used to describe continuous or nearly continuous abdominal pain that is not usually related to eating, bowel movements, or menstruation. The pain has to occur for at least 6 months. Individuals with FAPS are often unable to complete some of their daily activities like school, work, and family or social activities. This type of chronic pain is also associated with impairment of quality of life and mood such as anxiety and depression. It is thought that FAPS may be related to impairment in the brain’s pain control center, leading to an increased pain experience.
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