A new study portrays a profound link between severe chronic pain and death. Even after adjusting for various confounding sociodemographic factors and effects of long-term illness, patients with severe chronic pain had a 49% greater risk of death compared with all-cause mortality and a 68% greater risk of death compared with all cardiovascular-disease-related deaths.
Physicians who refuse to adequately medicate chronic severe pain may soon find their patient dead. Families who convince their loved one that narcotics are "bad" contribute to their early demise. Patients who refuse to attend comprehenisve pain management programs can anticipate dying earlier.
For the first time, what many of us were guessing can be considered factual. Untreated severe chronic pain results in a much greater chance of premature death. Pain is the killer.
Thanks for the link Charles. Pain-topics is a great site, it has a lot of article and information for all of us. Most of it is based on real research so our doctors will appreciate it more than commercial type articles that are just trying to sell stuff.
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