By Christopher J. Gilligan and David Borsook | Pain Medicine | July 27, 2015
The dramatic impact of chronic pain was captured in a recent European study that followed patients suffering with chronic pain for 1 year: 40% of those patients had more pain and 40% had less pain, but 100% reported major, negative impacts of chronic pain on their quality of life . Half of patients believed that everything possible had been done to manage their pain. This insight into how patients with chronic pain fare reveals a number of salient points, perhaps most importantly highlighting this condition that persists without cure. Furthermore, accumulating evidence suggests that emotional processing in brain networks is more involved in chronic pain  alluding to the nature of the associated suffering with the condition.