Chronic Pain is an Emotion

We have more and more research showing that chronic pain involves the emotional centers of the brain. We also know anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, trauma, all can cause somatic symptoms in the body. Chronic pain that does not have a structural cause is more likely to be emotional than physical. The definition of pain is a: “sensory and emotional experience with or without tissue damage.” Typically acute pain is more sensory and comes with tissue damage while chronic pain is more emotional and has no tissue damage.

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