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Chronic Pain: if our neurons could forget it? Molecular Pain

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The brain remembers the pain. But if we lose neurons in the memory, it would be a way to “get over” on chronic pain and to achieve control. Should be able to target and erase the memory trace of pain, this study suggests Canada’s McGill University (Montreal), published in the journal Molecular Pain. It’s a whole new avenue of care for chronic pain and to an improved quality of life for millions of people.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a condition that persists long after the acute pain. This type of pain may follow surgery or injury or be associated with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. For some, the pain is so overwhelming that they can not even tolerate the touch of clothing on the skin, says Dr. Coderre, attached to McGill. (more…)

Pain In The Elderly

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

2 points to start

  • The prevalence of pain increases with age.
  • This is an emergency in geriatrics because it causes anorexia, malnutrition, insomnia, depression, loss of autonomy syndrome shift (significant risk of suicide in the elderly) patient, and affects the ‘entourage.

There are three levels in pain:
1) Definition of pain: There are many. The most satisfactory is that of the International Association for the Study of Pain proposed in 1979: “Pain is a sensory and emotional experience unpleasant linked to tissue damage existing or potential or described in terms of such damage. The pain has four components: sensory, emotional, cognitive and behavioral.
2) Definition of suffering: The reactions caused by pain correspond to the notion of suffering. An association of phenomena in both physical, moral and psychological involving all the mechanisms emotional, intellectual and instinctive. The pain varies greatly from one individual to another, it depends on the context or the meaning of pain. Thus the pain of post-operative scarring is less painful than those that accompany recurrence of cancer.
3) The total pain: Cecily Saunders has described as “total pain” multiple components of chronic pain: physical, psychological, spiritual and social. Chronic pain is in itself a disease for some. The prediction of continuity leads to anxiety, depression and insomnia which, in turn, exacerbate the physical components of pain. (more…)

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