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Scientists Spot Chronic Pain 'On/Off' Switch
U.S. researchers say they've identified a protein in nerve cells that acts as a kind of gatekeeper for chronic pain.
This enzyme, called protein kinase G (PKG), is turned on and activated in response to injury or inflammation. Once activated, PKG triggers other processes that generate pain messages that are sent to the brain. As long as PKG is switched on, pain persists. Turning PKG off relieves pain.
"We're very optimistic that this discovery and our continued research will ultimately lead to a novel approach to pain relief for the millions suffering from chronic pain," researcher Richard Ambron, professor of cell biology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, said in a prepared statement.
Originally posted by Valhall
...or whether we just get a new and improved addictive pain medication in response to this new knowledge.
Originally posted by ringyramjet
I agree with you there, but then that is why drug company's pay these people, there is a risk involved,
Originally posted by Byrd
I hope it pans out, and I hope it is also effective for fibromyalgia. My daughter suffers from this, and it's so sad that nothing has been completely effective for her.