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Pain changes how pain works

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Pain itself often changes the way the way pain works, so that patients with pain actually becomes more sensitive and gets more pain with less provocation. This awful (and surprisingly common) phenomenon is called central sensitization. Everyone should know about this: owner’s manual stuff.

Another “new” article (assembled from past posts, spiffied up, made into a permanent page)