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Chronic Pain Can Change The Way Your Brain Processes Emotion, Scientists Find

Wednesday 4 December 2019


From Australia's ABC:


Daune Coogan
When Daune Coogan realised pain would be her
constant companion she spent days in tears, but
a new understanding of what that pain is doing to
her brain, and in turn her emotions, is providing relief.

Chronic pain can change the way your brain processes emotion, scientists find

By medical reporter Sophie Scott and the Specialist Reporting Team's Mary Lloyd
4 December 2019
© 2019 ABC.

Anyone who has lived with chronic pain will be well aware of the emotional pain that can come with it.

But new research from Australian scientists shows there is a physical reason for it: chronic pain can physically change the brain.

Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia compared the brain scans of 19 patients with conditions such as nerve pain and jaw disorders against the scans of 19 healthy people.

Sylvia Gustin found patients with chronic pain had lower levels of a substance called glutamate, a key chemical messenger between brain cells that helps regulate emotion.

"[It] means their brain cells can no longer communicate properly and therefore their ability to process positive emotion is jeopardised," Associate Professor Gustin said.


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