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Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Scientific Look at Pain Reveals Hope for Relief

Today I want to share with you an intriguing documentary called 'The Secret World of Pain'. This four-part film explores the mysteries of pain with a scientific emphasis. By visiting people with particular types of pain, the film breaks down what makes pain a different experience for each of us - even if the pain stimulus is exactly the same.

By looking more deeply into how our perception of pain is shaped by our specific genes, brain processing, physical development, emotions, and life experience -- the film provides a great deal of insight into our own lives.

The most exciting part of this documentary was a peek into the research being done to manage and (hopefully) cure pain in the future. The final segment about a women in chronic pain after a stroke was extremely moving, showing how she received a brand new treatment which was successful. I was crying along with her as I watched her discover relief for the first time in five years.

I now have a much better understanding about how pain is felt in the body and perceived in brain and particularly how feelings like anxiety, anticipation, and fear affect my own pain levels. After watching the documentary, I have a greater sense of hope that treatments and medications now being developed will bring relief for all of us!

'The Secret World of Pain' is approximately one hour in length, but well-worth spending the time to watch. If it does not play through this link, you can enter the title into YouTube and find all four segments available.

I hope you will take the time to watch this educational and truly promising film! 
watch here: ~ The Secret World of Pain ~

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