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Chronic Pain Study Shows Disruption of Attention and Working Memory

From the Departments of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Alberta; and Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a study found that during task performance, chronic pain affected a specific cognitive mechanism, the maintenance of the memory trace of subjects.  It also reported that the cognitive function was not improved by short-term local analgesia. 

The study used computerized tests of working memory on those with chronic pain.  Also a neuropsychological test of attention before and after procedures was given to the subjects.  Working memory trace is a specific cognitive process that they concluded appears to be disrupted by chronic pain. 

To read more details on this report please click the sources here and here. 

Personal Note:  Having constant pain is a tremendous stressor to the body and mind.  I am personally amazed by how we can adapt to function while in constant pain.  It seems the longer we have pain, the more we can act as though we are not in pain, to those around us.  Perhaps the brain does find other ways to cope when certain areas are affected by the pain.   One often does not realize how much our thinking is affected, unless the pain is greatly relieved. 

When in severe pain, the brain seems to shut down certain areas in order to concentrate on dealing with the pain.  If feels like a type of survival mode.  This condition is very complex and each person will adapt differently.  To all of you that suffer non-stop pain, I commend you for functioning every day, as I know that everything is a challenge. You are truly a Warrior of Pain.

Your Admirer,

Lady Sharon
Knight of the Pain Table
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4 Responses to “Chronic Pain Study Shows Disruption of Attention and Working Memory”

  1. Excellent spot, Lady Sharon. My bride doth struggle with constant pain, and many are the day when she must tunnel inside herself for the purpose of coping until relief, though fleeting, will bring her back out again.

    We pray, good lady, that the memories we retain of life and love and hope are never far during these times.

    With your permission, I would like to include your scroll upon my blogroll.

    Squire Mathias

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Wilcume Squire Mathias,

    Thou art a good Squire, to stand by with love, as your fair bride holds her spirit’s sword in wait. The Dark Knight doth not sleep and your love must stay alert at every hour. When the battle is long with great intensity, the warrior, as you said, must go deep within to find her way. The more severe, the deeper thou must go.

    I can only speak for myself but the place I go to seems to have no time, nor reference to time. Like a deep meditation it has no beginning and no end but rather just surviving moment to moment. But living in this timelessness, in some way makes one feel more connected to God.
    I pray that the battle will soon end for your bride. She is blessed to have someone who cares about her and her invisible battle. You have chivalry in your heart Squire Mathias.

    King Arthur would be honoured to be placed in your blogroll and doth send appreciation for your kind words. May you have a full moon on a dark night.

    Lady Sharon,
    Your Gracious Scribe of Camelot

  3. I am sorry, that has interfered… This situation is familiar To me. Is ready to help.

  4. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Mauricio,

    I thank thee for sharing thy thoughts. Pain is a difficult companion. Please take good care Mauricio.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of Camelot