Women who obtain good pain relief during labor may have a lower risk of postpartum depression.
“Based on our 2 study populations, individuals with chronic pain experienced more severe depressive, anxiety, and stress symptoms compared to those with chronic RA.”
Patients with a history of abuse either in childhood or adulthood have been found to display higher levels of depression, anxiety, pain severity and catastrophizing, as well as reduced physical functioning; in addition, those patients have higher scores on the fibromyalgia survey used to measure “fibromyalgia-ness” than those without a history of abuse.
Genetic factors and the environment patients share with their partner or spouse may determine their risk of developing chronic pain and help explain the association between chronic pain and depression.
The analysis found that the SF-36 survey was an effective diagnostic tool for MDD and GAD in patients with RA.