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 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…)