Tag Archives: PAIN-DAMAGE

Critical link between pain intensity and suicide

VA study uncovers critical link between pain intensity and suicide attempts   Oct 2019

Here’s the earthshattering conclusion of a new study:

New study finds pain intensity is a telling risk factor for suicide!

Apparently, this is BIG news for the medical community. They’ve never found such results before – probably because no one has studied it.

It saddens me that most people still don’t understand how devastating chronic pain becomes, how it upends lives and sometimes cuts them short.  Continue reading

Chronic Pain Accelerates Dementia

Chronic Pain Accelerates Dementia — Pain News NetworkBy Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist – Sep 2019

In 2017, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study that found older people with chronic pain experience faster declines in memory and are more likely to develop dementia. 

While prior research had shown a link between chronic pain and brain damage, this was one of the first studies to specifically suggest that chronic pain can cause dementia.

I have a whole list of posts about the wide-ranging mental and physical damages of chronic pain: Bodily Damage from Uncontrolled Chronic Pain  Continue reading

Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Musculoskeletal Pain

Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Pain in Those with Rheumatic or Musculoskeletal DiseaseBy Janice Wood July 2019

A new survey highlights the significant impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) on mental health.

The survey of more than 900 RMD patients revealed that pain had caused one in 10 to have suicidal thoughts in the previous four weeks. Pain also caused 58 percent to feel that everything was unmanageable for them.

This is a feeling I know only too well: the sinking sensation every time I think about how I’m going to get through this life, feeling completely overwhelmed by even trivial tasks, running around in mental circles looking for a way out of an unbearable situation…  Continue reading

Chronic pain is associated with a brain aging biomarker

Chronic pain is associated with a brain aging biomarker in community-dwelling older adults: PAINPAINMay 2019 – Research Paper

This “finding” doesn’t surprise me one bit; my mental faculties have long been deteriorating faster than others in my cohort.

Chronic pain is associated with brain atrophy with limited evidence on its impact in the older adult’s brain.

We aimed to determine the associations between chronic pain and a brain aging biomarker in persons aged 60 to 83 years old

Individuals with chronic pain (n = 33) had “older” brains for their age compared with those without.    Continue reading

Not All Pain Is the Same: Extent of High-Impact Chronic Pain

Not All Pain Is the Same: Characterizing the Extent of High-Impact Chronic Painpainresearchforum.org – Epidemiological findings highlight the need for patient-centered care –  by Stephani Sutherland – Apr 2019

Chronic pain exacts a huge toll on patients, healthcare systems, and the economy. But the way that chronic pain is typically defined—by how long it lasts—provides little information about

  1. the people suffering from chronic pain,
  2. the degree to which they are affected, and
  3. how to best treat them.

These days, chronic pain seems defined mostly by how many milligrams of an opioid need to be taken to make it bearable. The patient’s specific condition is considered irrelevant.

This is a sad side effect of medical pain: because it is only perceptible to the patient suffering from it, the easily accessible numerical measure of medication is used instead (scientific laziness, bordering on fraud).  Continue reading

Treating chronic pain can restore normal brain function

Effective Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain in Humans Reverses Abnormal Brain Anatomy and Function | Journal of Neuroscience – Free full-text article – May 2011

Though also not new, this study is a follow up on an earlier post: Brain abnormalities are Consequence Not Cause of pain (2009). The article below contains dozens of links to further information.

Abstract:

Chronic pain is associated with reduced brain gray matter and impaired cognitive ability.

In this longitudinal study, we assessed whether neuroanatomical and functional abnormalities were reversible and dependent on treatment outcomes.     Continue reading

Inflammation → Hyperalgesia → Chronic Pain

C-reactive protein and cold-pressor tolerance in the general population: PAIN – July 2017

I’m reposting this study because it explains that hyperalgesia, which is blamed on opioids, arises from chronic inflammation and the numerous chemical changes this causes in the body over time.

Pain and inflammation are related:

systemic inflammation may lead to a variety of pain states, and, in turn, persistent pain causes an upward adjustment of proinflammatory mediators that sometimes elicit a prolonged low-grade immune response, leading to long-lasting, subclinical inflammation.
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Emotional Impact of Pain

Emotional Impact of Pain | Pain Management & Understanding | Arthritis.org

Although it may feel like it’s coming from your joints, pain – particularly the chronic pain common to arthritis – is also an expression of your state of mind.

If you’re depressed or anxious, you’ll very likely hurt more than when your mood is lighter or more balanced.

The crucial distinction is that depression or anxiety will only worsen *pre-existing* pain, not create new pain.

The fact that pain itself is depressing and worrying only makes the problem worse.  Continue reading

Patients Suffer From Poor Pain Assessment Tools

LEVD Wound Patients Suffer From Poor Pain Assessment Tools – Pain Medicine News – June 2018 – W. Harry Fortuna

Though this article is specific to wounds from lower extremity vascular disease (LEVD), it could apply to any type of chronic pain

The lack of a comprehensive, holistic evaluation procedure is the biggest barrier to the proper care for patients with chronic neuropathic pain, according to researchers.

Last month, Ms. Newbern published an integrative review analyzing the available literature on the methods for identifying pain and quality-of-life (QOL) effects of chronic wounds caused by lower extremity vascular disease (LEVD).   Continue reading

Suicidality in chronic pain

Suicidality in chronic pain: a review of the prevalence, risk factors and psychological links. – PubMed – May 2006

This study was done over 10 years ago, when the “crackdown” on opioids was just beginning. Since then, the situation for pain patients has become infinitely worse and many no longer have access to effective pain

Increasing numbers of pain patients are committing suicide because there is no other relief from their crushing pain.  Continue reading