Warned links smoking and chronic pain

According to study posted in the American Pain Society, smokers are much more likely to report problems with persistent musculoskeletal pain than non-smokers.The study linked smoking and the presence of different types of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Many researches have claimed the association of smoking with chronic pain it both sexes. The results shows a higher risk on smokers than non-smokers of experiencing chronic pain, especially low back pain.

Other pain syndromes includes can be low-back pain, neck pain, sciatica, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain and pain all over the body.

Daily smokers were two times more likely to report pain than non smokers. Those who smoke a pack or more a day also were most likely to report a high burden of chronic pain.

Nicotine which is a highly addictive compound in cigarettes may decrease pain thresholds by sensitizing pain receptors.

Regardless of age, female or male, all smokers are likely to report to pain syndromes. So far, smoking is known as a serious factor causing most of cancer and now chronic pain. The smoking cessation treatments could be helpful not only for chronic pain management therapy but also cancer prevention.


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