Features October 2011 Issue

Is Your Pain a Symptom—or a Disease?

A new report confirms that pain is more than a symptom and isnít always cured by treating an underlying condition.

Whether your problem is arthritis, or fibromyalgia, a nerve disorder, or something entirely different, be aware that there has been a shift in thinking about pain. Instead of simply trying to suppress it, experts now agree that pain is best treated as a disease or entity on its own, even when itís associated with another health condition. In line with this approach, the Institute of Medicine, in a report published in June 2011, called forÖ

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