A research database is currently being developed which is focused on chronic pain. Chronic pain can affect many different parts of the body and can have significant impacts on a person. One thing researchers have been looking at more and more as of recent in relation to chronic pain is the relationship between chronic pain and the brain. One of the goals of the database is to provide a resource for research into this connection.
The database is being developed at the University of California Los Angeles. The database contains brain images of individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Currently, the brain images of over 500 patients are in the database. The patients in question are from Europe and North America. Work is being done to add further images to the database.
One hope with this brain image database is that it could perhaps lead to better treatment options being developed for chronic pain. It will be interesting to see if this actually occurs.
Chronic pain sometimes gets severe enough that it makes a person unable to work. Individuals in such a situation may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The process of pursuing such benefits can involve many steps, including filing an initial application and, if the initial request for benefits is denied, bringing an appeal. An experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney can help a person with all of the stages of a claim for benefits and can fight for a person's rights in benefits cases.
Source: Voice of America, "Brain Scan Database Aims to Accelerate Chronic Pain Research," Elizabeth Lee, Nov. 6, 2013