Many people who suffer with chronic back pain may find that avoiding stress could be the key to managing their condition. A recent study carried out by IUGM in Montreal has found that those who are more vulnerable to stress have more severe chronic pain conditions.
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands; it is sometimes called the 'stress hormone' as it is activated in reaction to stress. The study shows that higher Cortisol levels, which lead to increased vulnerability to pain, could increase the risk of developing chronic pain.
These findings are useful to chronic pain sufferers as they open up avenues to find treatments that may decrease the impact of pain. In addition to medical treatment, pain suffers can also work on their stress management through relaxation or meditation techniques.