Chronic pain impacts fifteen to twenty percent of the world and costs the population of the United States somewhere around $500 billion a year. And even though opiates are commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain, the epidemic we’re seeing from opiate addiction is staggering. There has to be a better way!
That’s exactly what my guest for this episode has dedicated his life to discovering. Join me for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Vania Apkarian as we discuss what causes chronic pain, its relationship to the brain, and the future of chronic pain management.
This episode’s points of interest cover:
- Defining chronic pain
- How well do we manage chronic pain
- The biggest misconceptions about the relationship between acute and chronic pain
- Dr. Apkarian’s most significant findings on the mechanisms of chronic pain
- The role of the mesocorticolimbic system in chronic pain
- The relationship between addiction and chronic pain
- The role of learning and memory for development and maintenance of pain
- Examining the ways chronic pain changes the brain
- What Dr. Apkarian needs surgeons to know about chronic pain
- Dr. Apkarian’s most gratifying contribution to his field
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