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"The pain is in your head," said Dr. Dante Chialvo, lead author of the study and associate research professor of physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. "The whole head."

The study showed that people with chronic pain have a portion of the brain that is always active: the region associated with mood and attention. This constant activity rewires nerve connections in the brain and leaves chronic pain sufferers at greater risk for mental problems.


How Chronic Pain Gets Into Your Head - ABC News



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anonymous_sibyl
Dec. 12th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
This makes so much sense and is so scary to me.
natf
Dec. 12th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
I apologise for being scary. I myself found this enlightening. It explained to me why I have such a low pain threshold yet also why I manage to cope so well with pain.
anonymous_sibyl
Dec. 13th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
No need to apologize. It was scary in an abstract way, if that makes any sense at all. :) Scary to realize there's a part of my brain always churning away.
natf
Dec. 13th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
Oh, I see. I already knew that having done some neurology as part of my BSc Biochemistry back in the late 80s. I also theorise that my brain can be doing more than one thing at a time, personally, e.g. counting stitches, knitting, having a conversation and watching TV. This is yet another reason why I think I might be an aspie.

Edited at 2014-12-13 11:08 am (UTC)
anonymous_sibyl
Dec. 14th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I never really thought about it before. I think I knew my brain was always doing something but I never thought about what that could mean. And this article really made me think about what it could be doing--how instead of just doing its thing and maintaining function it could be reacting to pain like that.

I envy your multi-tasking ability. I absolutely lost any talent for that I had. Another thing to sarcastically thank MS for.
natf
Dec. 16th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, I understand now.

As for my multi-threading, I cannot multitask well enough to do a multi-threaded process like programming at the same time as answering the phones to provide technical support, all the while in an open-plan office with phones ringing and conversations going on all around me. I never could (and in retrospect with one of my past MS neurologists in 1998 just after my diagnosis at age 30, I experienced my first symptoms of MS when I was nine - from what I could remembered back then). Sadly that was exactly what was expected of most of my 10 years of programming jobs. I am glad that I only forced myself to try to do jobs like that until soon after my MS diagnosis (I settled out of court under the UK DDA in 2000).

The multi-threading that I *can* do are all low difficulty tasks (for me).
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