Why Does Feeling Low Hurt? Depressed Mood Increases the Perception of PainWhen it comes to pain, the two competing schools of thought are that it's either "all in your head" or "all in your body." A new study led by University of Oxford researchers indicates that, instead, pain is an amalgam of the two.Depression and pain often co-occur, but the underlying mechanistic reasons for this have largely been unknown. To examine the interaction between depression and pain, Dr. Chantal Berna and colleagues used brain imaging to see how healthy volunteers responded to pain while feeling low.
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Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS) is a constellation of symptoms which usually do not respond well to the medical model of care, and is quite a challenge to people in the health care professions. CPS is a poorly defined illness. Some researchers believe that consistent pain lasting longer than 6 months and others have used 3 months as the minimum standard for diagnosis. Other researchers suggest that any pain which persists longer than the average healing time should be considered chronic pain.
In general, chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts more than six months versus acute pain, which is pain that last less than thirty days. Once again, any pain that lasts between a month and half a year is classified as sub-acute pain, and is not considered to be a chronic condition. All about Chronic pain, including a few tips on how to manage http://goo.gl/m4kPj