Published by PsychCentral

Does widespread pain stem from the brain? A new study suggests it does.

Pain is the most common reason people seek medical care, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“Sometimes we can easily pinpoint what is causing a person pain,” said Richard Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and rheumatology at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. “But, there are still one in five Americans who suffer from persistent pain that is not easily identifiable.”

One reason may be is that when someone experiences pain, they often think about how intense the pain is, but rarely do they also consider how widespread the pain is.

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