Surveys of 488 U.K. patients treated for low back pain found that those who reported having higher pain levels at their first visit had a 12% greater risk of being in pain six months later and a 9% increased risk of having pain five years later. The study in The Journal of Pain also found people who believed their pain would not go away had a 4% higher risk of having it at six months and a 6% greater risk it would remain at five years. The analysis was based on questionnaires given two times a year for five years.

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