Let's talk about pain


In addition to telling you my story, about how I "met" chronic pain, how it was our cohabitation, what I did to leave it and what I do every day to manage it and / or to prevent it from happening again, plus other amenities, depending on the season, I would like to explain some things about him.

Probably, if you have been suffering from chronic pain, and have been suffering from it for years, without anyone having ever been able to give you a cure, you are wondering how it is that such a common experience for humans is so little considered by scientific research. Trust: the fact that the science of pain is not applied in clinical practice, or is applied by very few "white flies", does not mean that it does not exist. Far from it.

There are many "educators" in the field of Pain Science, for example Lorimer Moseley, "clinical scientist" (if I ever meet him I think I will cry, he is a real rock star) and Peter O'Sullivan "professor of musculoskeletal physiotherapy", together with their "usual work" they try to tell ordinary people , like you and me, what pain is, how it works, how can it be managed. In short: if you speak English and want to follow them online, or on social networks, you can do it, there is a lot of material: interviews, podcasts, real sites, interviews on YouTube, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts ... Some things you may not understand. very well, but others do.

The work of neuroscientists is also important, like Steven Z. George or Kathleen A. Sluka, to name a couple, who are involved in research. Also in this case you can easily find online material (especially conferences and podcasts).

Speaking of institutions, the most important is the International Association for the Study of Pain (International Association for the Study of Pain - IASP) which promotes research, education and policies for the understanding, prevention and treatment of pain. It was founded in 1973, under the guidance of John J. Bonica, an Italian American anesthetist and professional wrestler (I swear) (born in Filicudi, so, if we want to be romantics). The International Association for the Study of Pain organizes the biennial World Congress on Pain, the largest global meeting dedicated to pain, international and multidisciplinary. The 18th World Pain Congress will take place in Amsterdam in 2020. This association is interlocutor of the WHO (World Health Organization - WHO) for the "issues" related to pain and also publishes one scientific magazine: PAIN, which joins others (among the most prestigious Journal of Pain, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine Journal) and has the purpose, like the others, to disseminate the latest research and discoveries about pain.

Then no: we are not in the stone age and pain is not overlooked by science or research. It is often forgotten by clinicians. Better, the clinicians "forget" that science advances, is perfected, and scientists make discoveries that make possible and comprehensible what previously was not and therefore one must modernize one's skills.

The World Health Organization tells us that chronic pain should receive more attention as a global health priority, because adequate pain treatment is a human right and it is the duty of any health care system to provide it.

Spoiler: we know much more about chronic pain than you think. Really.