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Chronic pain – all in your head?

“It’s believed that up to one in five Australians live with longstanding or chronic pain and a good proportion of those are disabled by it to a significant extent.”
Dr Norman Swan

On Monday Dr Swan spoke with Professor Vania Apakarian from Northwestern University, Chicago during the Health Report, on ABC Radio National.

Professor Apakarian was involved with a study that’s helped demystify the process that leads to ongoing pain for some people.

“Chronic pain may be all in your head” on Radio National website

Pain may be associated with arthritis, cancer, injury or other circumstances.

And some people experience chronic pain.

The thing that originally caused the pain may have healed or disappeared, but the person is left with is very real, and hard to resolve pain.

“Pain experts believe that abnormal and self sustaining pain circuits are set up in the brain.”
Dr Norman Swan

“Chronic pain may be all in your head” on Radio National website