Chronic Pain Syndrome

Localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury).

American Chronic Pain Association

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.

American Pain Foundation

This site, written in clear lay language, gives information about many different types of pain and links to further resources and free publications.

Mayday Pain Project

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 Articles

Finding the Hurt in Pain

By: Irene Tracey, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Irene Tracey, Ph.D.)
Pain is unique to every person, and difficult to quantify and treat. Our author examines how brain imaging is opening our eyes to the richness and complexity of the pain experience, giving us extraordinary insight into the neurochemistry, network activity, wiring, and structures relevant to producing and modulating painful experiences in all their various guises.

The Patterns of Pain Relief

Using 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 particular patient.

From Peppers to Peppermints: Molecular mechanisms of pain

Researchers have made good progress in teasing out the specifics of our multi-pronged response to sensory stimuli.

A Future Without Chronic Pain: Neuroscience and Clinical Research

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.