Chronic Pain

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: Which Patients Have It Worse?
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: Which Patients Have It Worse?
Chronic painful conditions can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life, but are some conditions worse than others? A recent study sought to determine which chronic pain condition creates the biggest burden on patient quality of life.
Expectation Versus Reality of Pain Makes All the Difference
The saying “it’s all in your head” may not be that far off when it comes to pain, according to a new study measuring brain activity.
One Step Closer to Ending Cancer Pain
University of Toronto researchers have found a novel role for a cell membrane-anchored mediator in cancer pain. They suggest that the serine protease TMPRSS2—a gene previously shown to play a key role in some of the most aggressive forms of androgen-fuelled cancers—appears to be the trigger behind the most severe forms of cancer pain.
‘Pain Gene’ Identified Through Those Who Can’t Feel Physical Pain
People with a rare inherited condition known as “congenial insensitivity to pain” (CIP), which makes it impossible for them to feel pain, may hold the answer to providing pain relief for patients suffering with chronic pain.
Psychological Factors Influence Severity of Pain
Patients with a range of pain conditions may face amplified discomfort based how on how they perceive their symptoms. The findings were presented at the 34th Annual American Pain Society Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, CA.
Chronic Pain Linked to Depression But Not Happiness Levels
If previous research has shown a correlation between chronic pain and depression, it’s only natural that the same can be said about chronic pain and happiness – right? A new study shows that’s not the case.
Strategy for Prescribing Opioids to Patients with Potential Addiction
Opioid addiction is a serious problem that a subset of patients prescribed opioids for pain could face; however, the issue presents an even more slippery slope for those with chronic pain due to the long-term need for the drugs.

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