Chronic Pain: Is it all in your head?
By Mitchell Yass, M.D.
(The National Institute for Medicine reports that your chronic pain is all in your head.)
The National Institute for Medicine, a branch of the government’s agency, The National Institute for Health recently put out a report about the state of affairs of the country regarding chronic pain. It noted that chronic pain affects 116 million adult Americans. This is more than those suffering from cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. They stated that chronic pain should now be considered a disease like alcoholism or drug abuse.
The reason for this idea stems from their view that chronic pain is the result of an alteration in the brain’s chemistry stemming from the person experiencing pain for a sustained period of time. They believe that due to this sustained experience of pain, the brain finally reaches a point at which it will start to create pain signals without the need for a stimulus. This means that eventually a person experiences pain for no other reason than their brain indiscriminately creates pain signals with no cause. They believe the solution to addressing chronic pain is a new science called Pain Modulation which will consist of treating pain with hypnosis and pain medications.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain, you should be very afraid of this theory. First of all, let’s look at the core principle of the theory. For these people to say that the brain is causing pain without a stimulus means that every person being treated for chronic pain must have received the correct diagnosis and was treated for the right cause of their pain. If they had gotten the wrong diagnosis or was treated for the wrong cause then the reason for the chronic pain would be misdiagnosis of the cause of their pain. So the question is has anybody been misdiagnosed for the cause of their pain?
Most people would agree that roughly 100% of patients who have lower back pain will get an MRI to identify the cause of their lower back pain. What you don’t know is that the American College of Physicians determined that only 3% of patients can have their back pain attributed to a herniated disc and 4% can have their pain attributed to stenosis. That means that roughly 93% of people being diagnosed with a herniated disc or stenosis as the cause of their back pain have been misdiagnosed.
These structural abnormalities are slow progressing and never ignite a pain signal. They simply show up because an MRI was taken in the area where these structural abnormalities exist. This is a fact. So if you are attempting to get treated for chronic pain, don’t let anyone tell you that the cause of your pain is just that your brain has gone haywire. The cause of your chronic pain is real and you need to find someone like me who is in a position to determine the cause and resolve it.
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