Exploring Pain Processes
Migraine treatment is difficult because not a lot is known about the disease. Yes, it’s a neurological disease and yes, it’s more than just chronic pain, but beyond that the answers aren’t too clear. On top of that, chronic pain, a component of migraine and any sort of headache disorder, is also a largely unknown entity.
In a five-year study that began this week, scientists seek to understand how the pain process works. Using imaging technology, researchers will examine the brains and nervous systems of people in pain. Their goals include to finding new ways to measure pain and laying the groundwork for more effective treatments.
The inadequacy of current pain treatment, physiological effects of chronic pain and ineffectiveness of subjective pain measurements are among topics discussed in the article. If the studies are even partially successful, the research findings will vastly expand the current knowledge of chronic pain. That’s big news.