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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Prevalence and impact of pain in multiple sclerosis: physical and psychologic contributors

Info provided by MSIF News

summary: The authors of this work aimed to look at the functional impact of pain in people with MS. They not only found that the pain was highly prevalent but also that its functional impact was influenced by pain intensity, physical health, and emotional functioning. For this reason the authors propose to also investigate these factors in order to achieve a better understanding and control of pain in MS.

Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

OBJECTIVE: To characterize the prevalence and impact of pain in veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to assess their association with demographic, biologic, and psychologic variables.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am glad that researchers are looking at the prevalence of pain in people with MS, too many times we here that MS does not involve pain. Chronic pain is a terrible problem in America, there is little research done on it, not enough effective treatments for it, and a stigma that often is carried with it. The National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 has just passed the House of Representatives and has been introduced to the Senate by Senators Hatch and Dodd. This Act calls for better education of doctors about pain and pain management, enhanced public awareness about pain, a national conference on research findings on pain and effective treatments, and good legislation relating to the treatment of pain. For more information about this Act and to find out how you can advocate to your Senators for passage of this Pain Care Policy Act go to www.painfoundation.org
Thank You,
Denise Coleman