Today there are no good medications for chronic pain. In await on functional medicine, research has taken an interest in how patients can manage their pain in a better way. Read more in our feature on chronic pain research.
For Katarina Wellington, suffering from constant pain from her fibromyalgia, the turning point came with behavioral therapy. The pain no longer rules her life.
It has long been assumed that chronic nerve pain is caused by hypersensitivity in the neurons that transmit pain. Patrik Ernfors and his colleagues show that another kind of neuron that allows us to feel pleasant touch sensation, can switch function and instead signal pain after nerve damage.
There is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that can cause severe pain. Rheumatologist Anca Catrina is trying to find a way to prevent the symptoms of the disease and indeed to prevent it breaking out at all.