Gene variant linked to chronic post-traumatic muscle pain

Abnormal response to stress

A gene variant increases the risk of developing chronic post-traumatic muscle pain, researchers report.

"I think one of the really nice aspects of this work is that by identifying an underlying biological mechanism, it supports the legitimacy of chronic pain following a traumatic/stress exposure as a 'real disease,'" said first author, Dr Sarah Linnstaedt (PhD) from the Institute for Trauma Recovery, niversity of North Carolina, USA.

"This is important because patients with post-motor vehicle collision pain are often stigmatized. Therefore,

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