Childhood trauma may disrupt how pain is processed

Chronic pain is quite real for the sufferers, but providers may be puzzled when there’s not a clear cause for ongoing pain. Research demonstrates that trauma—especially childhood trauma—may be a factor in how people process and manage pain. Excessive stress can produce stress hormones that disrupt brain development in childhood and increase sensitivity to pain later in life. Fortunately, therapy to reduce stress can help; the American Academy of Pain Medicine advocates for wider use of psychology in pain management.