Continuing research on Chronic Pain has begun to show that Chronic Pain, to some degree (they’re still working on all of this), can be a disease of the mind.
This doesn’t mean however that there are not major injuries to or diseases of the body involved as well, but simply, given the technology and brain-imaging that is now available…
researchers are beginning to establish major patterns within the brain and its activity – similarities amongst those living with Chronic Pain and too, differences in comparison to the general population.
is the body or the mind in the “driver’s seat” of our Chronic Pain?
A concise, interesting and short (6 minute) video on the topic by Roger B. Fillingim, PhD (Professor and Director, University of Florida, Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence member and former President of the American Pain Society ) and produced by the good people at PainWeek can be found here….
It is always good to know that there is work being done on Chronic Pain and that the possibility does exist that some day in the future there will be greater understanding of, direct, specific help and greater compassion for the condition (and don’t we hope – sooner rather than later).