Stress May Reduce Pain Tolerance

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Stress has a negative effect on how the body processes pain, according to a study published online.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University applied acute stress tests on a group of 29 healthy young men.

In one test, for example, the men were asked to signal the moment a gradually increasing heat stimulus became painful to identify their respective pain thresholds.

The men underwent a series of pain exercises before and immediately after taking the Montreal Imaging Stress Task (MIST), a computer program of timed arithmetic exercises designed to provide the stress component of the experiment. MIST provides live feedback on submitted responses, registering only 20-45% of the responses as correct, whether or not a submitted response is the right answer. Because the subject has been previously informed that the average participant tends to score 80%–90%, he is reminded of his "poor performance" but has no way of improving his score, despite his best efforts.

The researchers noted that there was a significant drop in pain inhibition and a rise in pain intensification after the stressful test.

Stress May Reduce Pain Tolerance
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