Which behaviors in patients with chronic pain syndrome (CPS) merit caution?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Appropriate caution must be taken during CPS treatment in patients who exhibit any of the following behaviors:

  • Poor response to prior appropriate management

  • Unusual, unexpected response to prior specific treatment

  • Avoidance of school, work, or other social responsibility

  • Severe depression

  • Severe anxiety disorder

  • Excessive pain behavior

  • Physician shopping

  • Noncompliance with treatment in the past

  • Drug abuse or dependence

  • Family, marital, or sexual problems

  • History of physical or sexual abuse

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