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Delaying treatment of pain has proven negative effects

Posted Jun 06 2008 12:00am

Patients who faced delays in the treatment of their chronic pain were found to have worsening of their condition, according to a recent review published in the journal Pain.  The review of 24 trials showed that patients had a significant deterioration of their health-related quality of life and psychological well being.  This was true for patients who waited for six or more months to receive treatment.  Studies looking at shorter wait times were less conclusive.  The authors conclude that waiting for treatment of chronic pain for six months or longer is medically unacceptable.  While our medical system is often to blame for such delays, many patients delay their treatment for a variety of other reasons as well.  It is important for friends and relatives to urge someone who suffers from chronic pain (including headaches) to seek medical attention from a qualified specialist.

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