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Acute pain is a type of sudden pain that may last for just a few days or for as long as six months. It is often related to an illness, injury, or medical procedure. Acute pain may be mild, moderate, or severe.
Pain can make it hard for you to do your normal, daily activities. It can cause anxiety and lead to other problems if it is left untreated. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your pain. Acute pain usually goes away once your injury has healed or you are no longer ill.
Managing pain, stiffness, and swelling
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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