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Chronic pain, lousy mood are chemically connected
San Francisco Chronicle

It’s well established that chronic pain afflicts people with more than just pain.

With the pain come fatigue and sleeplessness, depression and frustration, and a noticeable disinterest in so many of the activities that used to fill a day.

It makes sense that chronic pain would leave patients feeling weary and unmotivated – most people wouldn’t want to go to work or shop for a week’s worth of groceries or even meet friends for dinner when they’re exhausted and in pain.

But experts in pain and neurology say the connection between chronic pain and a lousy mood may be biochemical, something more complicated than a dour mood brought on from persistent, long-term discomfort alone.