Different paths to perspective of another’s experience are associated with varying effect on helpers’ health during helping behavior.
Multiple psychosocial factors such as depression, anxiety, and pain catastrophizing are associated with opioid analgesic response.
This study sheds light on the role of social and environmental cues in pain pathogenesis and has implications for the treatment of chronic pain patients.
Dr Buse said that in her practice, patients with chronic pain often report feeling isolated and misunderstood, and that others believe they are exaggerating their pain or somehow using it to their benefit.
Physicians treating patients affected by pain need to help patients gain more access to treatment quickly.
Acetaminophen may impede the ability to recognize and empathize with others’ pain.
Patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s tended to experience more pain, yet those with other forms of cognitive impairment had less.
There was a significant decrease in pain inhibition capabilities after the men in the experiment took a stressful test.
Stress and anxiety are critical elements of the human pain response, and these can be quantified not only with functional imaging but simply by measuring sympathetic response.