Is current pain medication targeting just the initial pain? One research team thinks so.

taking a pillLast month a research team at the Harvard Medical School led by Professor Qiufu Ma found that testing of pain medications may have been targeting their effectiveness against only one type of pain – the initial pain reaction – rather than the ongoing pain that continues after an injury.

Taking the example of touching a hot stove, the natural and automatic reaction is to pull the hand away quickly, and to tend to the pain by for example rubbing or sucking the affected area.

There is an initial burst of pain which prompts this reaction, but the sustained ache has a different effect – one of encouraging the person to protect the site of the injury.

It’s well known that these two different types of pain in fact show up in different parts of the brain. The new research also indicates that they may have completely different neural pathways too and may explain how pre-clinical studies of pain relief medications, which show efficacy based on animal testing, often do not provide much pain relief when used with humans.


The sustained ache from old injuries are one of the areas where Q magnets seem to work so well. For instance, back pain from old injuries affects many people as in this case of John and his pain relief from using Q magnets was immediate, significant and sustained.


Professor Ma specifically mentioned the current opioid crisis, saying “The ongoing opioid crisis has created an acute and pressing need to develop new pain treatments.”. Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that over 47,000 people in the US are believed to have died in 2017 due to opioid overdose (Understanding the Epidemic <https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html>) – clearly a very good reason to reassess current drug treatments for pain.


More Information

It still hurts. Drug companies targeting wrong kind of pain
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2018/12/30/origins-of-pain-breakthrough/

Newly discovered pain pathway may help explain why animal tests fail to reveal the best painkillers
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/newly-discovered-pain-pathway-may-help-explain-why-animal-tests-fail-reveal-best

Scientists Just Found a Previously Unknown Nerve Pathway For Pain
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-newly-discovered-pain-pathway-could-explain-why-animal-tested-painkillers-fail

Americans more likely to die of opioid overdose than car crash…
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/14/odds-dying-opioid-overdose-higher-than-car-crash-analysis-finds/2567996002/

See also our blog article back in 2011 along a similar theme…

New treatments for chronic pain have not been forthcoming , but Q magnets are providing answers for some pain sufferers
https://qmagnets.com/blog/magnetic-therapy-2/new-treatments-for-chronic-pain-have-not-been-forthcoming-but-q-magnets-are-providing-answers-for-many.html

No pain (another recent study coincidentally also by a team at the Harvard Medical School on opioid use in the United States)
https://hms.harvard.edu/news/no-pain

 

 

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