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Chronic Pain Can cause shrinkage of the brain

Posted Aug 23 2008 10:26pm
A pain in the neck, a pain in the lower back, a headache...Did you know that 75 million people in the US suffer from chronic pain or pain that reccurs. Chronic pain can rob you of a normal fruitful life. Physically and mentally it can wear you down. A 2004 Study showed that people who suffer from chronic backaches have brains that are 11% smaller than those people who do not suffer. Chronic Pain can cause shrinking of the brain

It is not understood why. " It is possible it's just the stress of having to live with the condition, " said study leader A. Vania Apkarian of Northwestern University. "The neurons become overactive or tired of the activity."
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