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Dictionary/Regulatory Definition: Intractable pain is a state in which the cause cannot be removed or otherwise treated and no relief or cure has been found after reasonable efforts.
Clinical Definition: A severe constant incurable disabling pain that interferes with activities of daily living, produces pathological complications and a shortened lifespan.
"To bring recognition and treatment to the subgroup of chronic pain patients known as intractable"
Martin J Porcelli, D.O., PhD
Sander De Wildt