Brain Changes in Chronic Pain Patients

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In this clip (6 of 10): Imaging studies have shown changes in brain anatomy in people who are longtime chronic pain patients, such as accelerated loss of gray matter. “Psychologically based” approaches such as meditation and yoga may be protective, although more study is needed. This clip is part of the lecture “The Neural Basis of Mind-Body Pain Therapies” by M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research, NCCAM, NIH. This lecture, given at NIH in 2013, is part of the NCCAM Online Continuing Education Series. Free CME/CEU credit is available to health professionals (see http://nccam.nih.gov/training/videolectures).

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Patz13 says:

NO. It is the other way around. Chronic pain decreases cortical thickness in the brain. The brain does not cause a back ache!

Melanie Willard says:

15 months with no help, and i can't read anymore because I can't remember a paragraph. The pain is so much in my consciousness that little information can enter. I don't understand it. I used to read ravenously, and now i don't have even that for pleasure. In fact, is causing more anxiety because i feel like I'm going senile.

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