Chronic Pain Syndrome
Localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury).
The ACPA offers support and information for people with chronic pain. Specifically, the ACPA facilitates peer support and education for individuals and their families with chronic pain. The group also seeks to raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about the issue of living with chronic pain.
This site, written in clear lay language, gives information about many different types of pain and links to further resources and free publications.
The Mayday Pain Project offers resources for caregivers, health care professionals, and people in pain; within these categories, Web links on a number of pain-related topics, such as arthritis and back pain, are listed.
Dana grantee Kevin J. Tracey, a pioneer of “bioelectric
medicine,” and his colleagues are testing vagus nerve stimulation devices for
possible use in severe rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
a data-mining method and fMRI results from eight separate clinical trials
testing pain medicines, Oxford researchers find evidence of consistent patterns
of brain activity. Such a definite pattern might be used before human trials to
choose which new drug to test, or after, to see if it is working in a
Researchers have made good progress in teasing out the specifics of our multi-pronged response to sensory stimuli.
Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, an estimated 100 million of whom live in the United States. Yet we currently have no effective treatment options. Fortunately, research advances have determined some of the ways in which chronic pain changes the brain, and several promising research areas could lead to better treatment approaches. Dr. David Borsook recommends steps to facilitate these new treatments, including the establishment of integrated clinical neuroscience centers bridging the gap between bench and bedside.