Chronic stress and pain - A plea for a concerted research program

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Chronic functional pain syndromes have commonly been associated with ongoing exposure to stress or with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Considering the inherent tremendous burden for the affected patients, their families and for society, it is critical that we better understand the cause and effect relationships between chronic stress and pain. In human studies an empirical characterization of pain sensitivity should be included as systematically as possible. Gender and age may have an impact and should be considered systematically. Studies should be integrative or collaborative, allowing for the parallel recording of psychological, neuropsychological and biochemical data. Both at the individual level and at the societal level, joint and coordinated efforts should be taken to understand the complex relationships between stress and pain so as to develop adequate diagnosis and treatment strategies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)




Anton, F. (2009, June). Chronic stress and pain - A plea for a concerted research program. Pain.

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