New Pain Research Providing Answers to What Causes Pain

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Over the years the medical community has strongly warned patients about proper use of Painkiller medication. However, recent studies conducted by Stanford University combined with an impressive report posted from Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com are showcasing new research methods that are beginning to discover what causes pain in the first place which could possibly lead to a reduction in the use of pain killer medication to treat pain-related conditions.

Over the years the medical community has strongly warned patients about proper use of Painkiller medication. However, recent studies conducted by Stanford University combined with an impressive report posted from Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com are showcasing new research methods that are beginning to discover what causes pain in the first place which could possibly lead to a reduction in the use of pain killer medication to treat pain-related conditions.

Analgesic drugs (also referred to as Painkiller’s) are designed to act directly towards the peripheral and central nervous systems. Most Analgesic drugs are separated into two main categories; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid drugs such as morphine and opium. Analgesics drugs are frequently used in combination, such as the paracetamol and codeine preparations found in many non-prescription pain relievers. They can also be found in combination with vasoconstrictor drugs such as pseudoephedrine for sinus-related preparations, or with antihistamine drugs for allergy sufferers.

It has been a common practice that the medical community prescribes both controlled medication as well as several over the counter pain killers to reduce the pain most people feel. However, Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California has introduced new research that explains some of the new methods and tools doctors and researchers are using to better understand pain.

In an online research paper published on PLOSone.org; a peer-reviewed open access journal for the medical community in October of 2010, Dr. Mackey explained the past 10 years has seen dramatic changes in the way the medical community understands pain. Rather than viewing pain as simply a symptom of trauma, infection, inflammation, or surgery, the medical research community now sees it as a discrete disease entity - one that fundamentally alters the entire nervous system.

According to the report published on PLOSone.org in 2010, in a major recent advance, neuroimaging tools have allowed researchers to peer inside the human brain in ways once only dreamed about – unlocking mysteries of where pain is perceived and processed, how it affects the brain, and how it can act to change thoughts and emotions of most human patients.

“For the first time, we have the tools to effectively explore the impact of pain on the brain and can use this information to create the comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment needed to prevent or reverse these changes,” noted Dr. Mackey in his published report on PLOSone.org. “Our ultimate goal is to lessen or stop our patient’s pain and restore and enhance their quality of life.”

According to the research conducted by Dr. Mackey and his team that was published in the afore mentioned report at PLOSone.org, such a discovery could lead to less prescription and over the counter pain killers to be used. As more research is being conducted, more potential methods of dealing with pain are being discovered. To learn more about potential side-effects and potential dangers of using painkillers, please click the link to the BeWellBuzz.com article posted below.

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/wellness-buzz/are-painkillers-safe

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