Sunday, October 26, 2008

Recent evidence has shown stress affects pain threshold.

Research at Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Peabody 512, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203, USA say " research demonstrates the first evidence of the occurrence of stress-induced hyperalgesia in a pediatric pain population."

American Pain Society reported a study by Roger Allen and Chad McCann of
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA which hypothesized that "increased pain activity appearing ten-days after stressful events may be related to the psychogenic release and activity of the stress-related hormone thyroxine, in patients with CRPS".

A web based epidemiological survey of complex regional pain syndrome shows 82% of participants noticed that emotional stress increased pain.

The European Journal of Neurology reported the results of University of South Australia study on induced stress on experimental pain in chronic tension type headaches. Results support the hypothesis "that stress may contribute to CTH through hyperalgesic effects on already sensitized pain pathways in CTH sufferers."

I know that stress ramps up symptoms and that one of the best ways of calming symptoms is to decrease stress. However, in the real world controlling stress can be difficult. Right now, in counties all over the world there is a huge concern over the global financial crises.

Very soon the American people go to the polls. This is a stressful time. The research seems to indicate that we cope with the stress and pay for it some time later. In the days and weeks after the decision making take time to look after yourselves, seek happiness, ways to de-stress and take care of yourselves.

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