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Pain and the brain: Examining differences in coping mechanisms

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Research indicates more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain — pain that lasts for more than six months. However, some people seem to cope better with pain than others, and knowing more about how these coping mechanisms work might help to develop new ways of treating pain. It is well known that we have receptors in our brains that respond to natural painkilling opiates such as endorphins, but it is largely unknown how the opioid system adapts to chronic pain. more

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