chronic pain

Post image for Brain diseases linked to nerve cell junction defects

By Kate Kelland
LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – More than 135 brain diseases including autism, chronic pain, schizophrenia and dementia are linked to defects in proteins in the junctions between nerve cells, scientists have found.
Researchers have been able for the first time to map the protein structure of human synapses, the junctions between nerve cells responsible […]


Post image for Lack of Sleep Triggers ‘Migraine’ Proteins

By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
New Research Helps Explain Why Sleep Deprivation Triggers Migraines, Other Chronic Pain Conditions
Not getting enough sleep or having poor sleep habits can trigger migraines or cause occasional migraines to become frequent. Now new research may help explain the biological links between sleep and headache pain.
Pain researchers from Missouri State University […]


Post image for Pain relievers linked to higher risks of heart-related deaths among healthy people

( — Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with significantly higher risks of dying from heart-related causes among healthy people, according to new research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.
The study is the first to report on specific cardiovascular risks among healthy people.
“Even though the frequency […]


Post image for Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help?

Researchers are exploring a possible link between low levels of vitamin D and chronic pain.
By Gina Shaw
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
WebMD Feature
Not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain.
Over the past 10 years, several researchers have found an association between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain that […]


Post image for How Fibromyalgia Affects Men

By Matt McMillen
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Randy Wold, 58, was an auto mechanic, an excellent golfer, and a bowler who never scored below 200. Then, nearly 10 years ago, when he was suffering from intense chronic pain, he received a surprise diagnosis. His doctor told him he had fibromyalgia.
A neurological disorder that causes […]