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Pain and its connection to brain injuries

A new study from the University of Vienna has found that pain is far more complicated than initially believed. Every day people are plagued by amorphous pain that doctors cannot explain or treat (aside from prescribing pain pills which have their issues). Doctors are only recently beginning to understand the complexities of pain and how the human body interacts with it.

The study found that pain occurs along neural pathways which are conducted to the brain from damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is over-stimulated by the damage which leads to the brain interpreting this as "pain."

Researchers also found that "glial cells" can also result in pain. These cells are the most common cell in the brain and spinal cord, they are responsible for supporting neurons with nutrients, fluid balance, and other matters.

When glial cells are stressed, they release inflammation materials which can cause pain. That means a doctor may not detect any spinal injuries after an accident, but you could still suffer pain because your glial cells were damaged and are now inflamed.

This study illustrates that the human body is barely understood and that phantom pain, even after a relatively minor accident, can and does occur. You don't need to ignore it or accept that you are "crazy." You should always seek medical attention after an accident because you do not know the extent of your injuries.

If you were injured and suffered a brain or spinal injury, you may want to speak with an attorney. Even if the doctor could not detect lasting physical harm, you are still entitled to damages for the pain you endure every day. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain.

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