Chronic Pain, Mood, Memory
It seems obvious that physical pain can cause your mood to go downhill pretty fast. Chronic pain can put a continual wet blanket on one’s mood. Chronic pain also disturbs memory and cognitive abilities. Research at Northwestern University has found that one of the places these relationships seem most significant is in the hippocampus of the brain. The hippocampus is responsible for memory and processing emotions.
The stress of perpetual pain and disturbed sleep can also deplete neurotransmitter reserves. Serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine balance can be distorted causing a multitude of adverse cognitive and emotional changes. Pain medications often disturb brain biochemistry. Balance can be restored many times with supplements of the precursor nutrients needed for added production of neurotransmitters.
Chronic pain and all its ramifications is truly a brain/body health problem. An integral part of treatment should be restoration of healthy neurotransmitter levels via monoamine transporter assay and targeted amino acid nutritional supplementation.
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