Friday, July 12, 2013

Chronic Back Pain May Shrink the Brain ~ WebMD

What's Behind the Brain Shrinkage?

By definition, chronic back pain is a state of persistent pain sensation with associated negative mood and stress, says Apkarian. Therefore, one possible explanation for the decreased gray matter is that nerve cells are working overtime, he says.

The researchers hypothesize that as chronic back pain persists it may become more irreversible and less responsive to treatment due to these brain changes.

You can read the full article at WebMD.

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