Maybe, but it is more likely that pain is proxy for poor overall health

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A study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine links persistent pain with progressive cognitive decline and dementia. But the mechanism is quite unclear. There are actually a few possibilities, as F. Perry Wilson, MD, discusses in this 150-second analysis.

Chronic pain is an epidemic in the U.S., but this study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that the consequences of chronic pain may extend beyond quality-of-life issues.

Researchers led by Elizabeth Whitlock at UCSF examined data from the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal survey study of just over 10,000 older adults. Every two years, the participants provided answers to questions about pain and cognition, along with a host of other factors.