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Is pain really in my head?

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Pain is a complex problem that encompasses both the mind and the body. For instance, back pain has no known cause in most cases, and stressful life events can make it worse. But that doesn't mean it isn't real. Pain is an invisible problem that others can't see, but that doesn't mean it's all in your head.

From: 5 Common Pain and Pain Relief Myths WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

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