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Can chronic pain result in early death?

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 08 Jun 2017, 10:42:52 IST
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The middle-aged adults who suffer from severe pain persistently that interferes with daily life may be at an increased risk of dying early, a study says. Chronic pain is a troublesome sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or loss. The study shows that individuals who were often suffering from pain had a 29 per cent increased risk of dying early, and those who reported pain interference respectively had 38 per cent and 88 per cent increased risks.

The studies emphasizes that it is not the pain itself that increases the risk of death but the day by day increasing amount of disruption of everyday living linked to having long-term pain, said Ross Wilkie from the Keele University in Britain. More studies are needed to determine the mechanisms through which disabling pain may increase the risk of premature death, the researchers said.

According, to a recent study, people who suffer from chronic pain tend to have diminished attention capacity and impaired memory and were also at risk of “dementia”. The study, published in the journal Arthritis Care Research, team included 6,324 participants from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and 10,985 participants from the North Staffordshire Osteoarthritis Project. The adults were aged 50 years. 


“The implications are-society must find ways to help people with long-term pain to live life at the fullest, Wilkie said.

Additional studies are needed to determine the mechanisms through which disabling pain may increase the risk of premature death, researchers say. A farmer’s wife declare, “pain killed my mother last night.” Since then, I’ve repeatedly heard that pain killed a loved one. Folklore frequently mentions that people die “from,” as well as “in” pain. There is, however, little written detail of these events.