The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) is the part of the Autonomic Nervous System which prepares the body for stressful or emergency situations and promotes the flight or fight response. An overloaded SNS can heighten anxiety which in turn amplifies pain perception, effects pain behaviour and depresses mood.
The SNS can play a major role in sustaining chronic pain. Particularly in the case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), where you also see symptoms such as burning pain and physical changes in skin colour, texture and hair and nail growth.
The nerves of the SNS originate from the thoracolumbar region of the spinal cord, to be precise from T1 to L2. That is, the thoracic spine (mid back where the ribs attach to the spine) and the lumbar spine (lower back), see image below.
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