Brain circuitry responsible for motivation and pleasure is activated when a person experiences pain. The findings reveal a link as to why some people may overeat when they experience chronic pain.
A four-week course of pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) provided up to 12 months of relief from pain for chronic pain sufferers. Additionally, the psychological treatment program altered brain networks associated with pain processing.
Widespread pain, a subset of chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders, is linked to an increased risk of all types of dementias, including Alzheimer's disease, and a greater risk of stroke.
A Western-style diet, high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, increases symptoms of inflammation, neuropathy, and chronic pain. However, changing to a lower-fat diet can help reverse or relieve symptoms of inflammatory pain disorders.
Conolidine, a natural pain killer derived from the pinwheel flower and frequently used in Chinese medicine, interacts with a newly identified opioid receptor that regulates natural opioid peptides produced in the brain.