By Richard Lenti
People suffering from chronic pain hate to hear it, but the pain may really be “all in your head” according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The research, published in the journal Pain, found that irregularities in the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic lower back pain. Scientists say it’s a discovery that may ultimately lead to changes in the way patients are diagnosed and treated.
“We’ve found the pain is triggered by these irregularities in the brain,” said A. Vania Apkarian, a senior author of the study and a professor of physiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. ”We’ve shown abnormalities in brain structure connections may be enough to push someone to develop chronic pain once they have an injury.”
Using MRI brain scans of people who had a lower back injury, scientists found they could predict with about 85% accuracy which patients’ pain would persist.
Read more at National Pain Report.
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