Chronic Pain: Structural and Functional Changes in Brain Structures and Associated Negative Affective States – free full-text article /PMC6650904/ – Jul 2019
This is an extremely thorough article covering many aspects of chronic pain. I’ve tried to cover only key parts and avoid lengthy descriptions of scientific details. After each section, I show a link to the complete section with all its details.
Chronic pain is a condition in which pain progresses from an acute to chronic state and persists beyond the healing process.
Chronic pain impairs function and decreases patients’ quality of life.
In this review, we summarize the results of previous studies, focusing on the mechanisms underlying chronic pain development and the identification of neural areas related to chronic pain. Continue reading
Study: Stopping Long-Term Opioid Prescriptions Associated With Veterans’ Deaths – Filter Magazine – By Staff – Mar 2020
For years, pain patient activists have been sounding the alarm about the consequences of abruptly halting people’s access to opioid analgesics…
And we have not just been whining and complaining about our increased “biopsychosocial” pain. The physical and mental impact of experiencing unrelieved, constant, chronic pain can be overwhelming. The danger of forced tapers is an extremely serious and urgent problem, which is increasingly…
…supported by much research. Continue reading
Chronic Pain Patients Are at Higher Risk for Coronavirus – By Lynn Webster, M.D. – Feb 2020
In this article Dr. Webster makes an important point: the ravages of chronic pain affect our susceptibility to other illnesses because our whole bodies, including our immune system, are affected by the constant stress brought about by this constant biological state of high alert.
It might be worthwhile showing this article (link above) to your doctor, including the scientific article explaining the research (link below).
The people with increased risk for experiencing severe symptoms, and possibly dying of COVID-19, are seniors and those with chronic illness. Continue reading
Anatomical changes correlated with chronic pain in forensic medicine – Free full-text /PMC6197126/ – Jun 2017
This article from the NIH has a good summary of physical changes that come about due to chronic pain, not just psychological “problems”, but numerous physical harms resulting from unrelieved pain.
This study was performed to determine the relationships between chronic pain and anatomic changes that may occur in the body.Autopsies were performed on fatalities that required death investigation in Linn County, IA, or adjacent and nearby areas.
Certain causes of death may also have been related to chronic pain. The heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys were significantly heavier in persons with chronic pain; emphysema and pleural and abdominal adhesions were more common in persons with chronic pain. Continue reading
Sudden, Unexpected Death in Chronic Pain Patients – By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH – Sep 2012
Sudden, unexpected death may occur in a severe, chronic pain patient, and the terminal event may be unrelated to medical therapeutics. Fortunately, sudden death is not as commonly observed in pain patients as in past years most likely due to better access to at least some treatment. Sudden death still occurs, however, and practitioners need to know how to spot an “at-risk” patient.
For observers, pain is merely a “harmless nuisance”. For those suffering from it, it’s a”physiologic calamity”. Continue reading
Chronic pain, unmedicated and just by itself, causes measurable biological damage affecting our physical and mental health. I wish more people knew this so they’d stop assuming that “pain won’t kill you, but opioids will”.
The opposite is true: Constant pain, in addition to causing physical harm, impairs and eventually destroys your Quality of Life (see tag “suicide” for more links to chronic pain).
Chronic pain will make you wish for death, but opioids will only kill you if you take much more than prescribed.
So I decided to update the older list/reference page of posts about various kinds of Bodily Damage from Uncontrolled Chronic Pain by starting a second page:
Bodily Damage from Uncontrolled Chronic Pain Part 2 has more recent posts starting September 2017 up to December 2019
(You can also use tag ‘PAIN-DAMAGE‘ to find them all posts on this topic)
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 — Pain News Network – By 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 Pain in Those with Rheumatic or Musculoskeletal Disease – By 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 in community-dwelling older adults: PAIN – PAIN: May 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