By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
The Chronic Pain Connection.
From “hand-warmers” to ion channel blockers to magnetic field generators more and more different approaches to get at the chronic pain are being tried. Now comes an entirely different approach.
First, studies indicated that in rodents in chronic pain neurons thought to be associated with negative emotions showed increased activity after the onset of the pain. Those neuron’s connections to other parts of the brain associated with depression also increased. The neuronal activity was associated with a drop in dopamine levels.
Combining a Parkinson’s drug called L-dopa with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug completely eliminated any signs that an animal model was feeling pain. A clinical trial in humans is underway.
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