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Pain as a chronic illness
Pain can be a symptom of something being amiss, but pain can also be a disease that persists. As a stressor, pain can instigate biological changes that encourage still other illnesses. This link provides a very interesting TED talk on this topic.
Pain – what’s it good for anyway?
This SciShow video, which is about 10 minutes long, provides a very interesting presentation concerning the adaptive function of pain. It also gives an excellent explanation of some of the neuronal processes related to pain, and tissue damage that can occur leading to pain. As well, the video offers a very good presentation of pain relieving treatments, and how they work.
Sally Curtis, through vimeo.com, gives us an excellent window on pain at different levels of the nervous system, including Gate control processes, various neurotransmitter involvement in pain, and the influence of cognitive processes on pain perception. Once again, there are sections that are bit complex for those who aren’t neuroscientists, but you’ll nevertheless get the overall perspective.
Chronic pain conditions and their treatment
There are different types of pain that can be experienced and there are similarly many chronic pain conditions, ranging from lower back pain through to pain associated with cancer. In this video, which comes from the University of California Television (UCTV), Dr Jeffery Applebaum described various types of chronic pain, what processes underlie them, and some suggestions as to what can relieve pain.