I have a hard time letting go of the past sometimes. I still get angry when I think about living with chronic pain and seemingly no one believing me. I walked away from two automobile accidents and lived with chronic neck and upper-back pain for over 10 years. When did I ever get some relief? The doctor removed the causes of the chronic arthritis pain, excised two blown cervical discs, and fused donor bone in the places where painful ruptured discs had been -- last year.
And, does living with chronic pain fuck you up? Yes.
An article on Reuters.com about a scientific pain study sheds more light on the effects of chronic pain. It states:
Brain scans of people in chronic pain show a state of constant activity in areas that should be at rest, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday, a finding that could help explain why pain patients have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other disorders.
They said chronic pain seems to alter the way people process information that is unrelated to pain.
"It seems that enduring pain for a long time affects brain function in response to even minimally demanding attention tasks completely unrelated to pain," the researchers wrote in the Journal of Neuroscience.