chronic pain

Each person experiences pain differently, from an emotional perspective as well as a physical one, and responds to pain differently. That means that physicians like myself need to evaluate patients on an individual basis and find the best way to treat their pain. Today, however, doctors are under pressure to limit costs and prescribe treatments… Read more

Alpha brain wave frequency can be used as a measure of a person’s vulnerability to developing and experiencing pain, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK and University of Maryland in the US have found. Personal experience of pain is highly variable among individuals, even in instances where the underlying injury is assessed… Read more

The brain has a mechanism to suppress chronic pain when an animal is hungry, allowing it to go look for food while leaving intact the response to acute pain, research by University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists indicates. The work pinpointed a tiny population of 300 brain cells responsible for the ability to prioritize hunger over chronic… Read more

Around 100 million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain – pain that lasts for months or years on end. It is one of the country’s most underestimated health problems. The annual cost of managing pain is greater than that of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and the cost to the economy… Read more

Patients with fibromyalgia have brain networks primed for rapid, global responses to minor changes, a new study finds. This abnormal hypersensitivity, called explosive synchronization (ES), can be seen in other network phenomena across nature. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea reported this evidence of ES… Read more