Neuro-genetics of persistent pain.
Pain is a complex consciousness that emerges from the brain, and is commonly a result of nociception; the physiological process initiated by activation of specialised high-threshold peripheral sensory neurons. When pain is persistent, its affective aspects can dominate and cause considerable suffering. This chronic pain state is not an inevitable consequence of physical injury or disease. Instead, susceptibility to chronic pain results from complex interactions between multiple genes and the ...Expand abstract
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