Brain Neural-Emotional Connections Make Head, Face Pain Feel Worse

December 7, 2017

Treating emotional aspects of such pain is important, says Duke's Dr. Fan Wang

Picture of trigeminal neurons.


Sensory nerves in the head and face connect more closely with the emotional side of the brain than do other parts of the body, making that pain feel worse. "...We really need to treat the emotional aspects of pain as well,” said Fan Wang, a professor of neurobiology and cell biology at Duke, and senior author of the study. Dr. Wang is also a member of the DIBS Faculty Network. The results appeared online Nov. 13 in Nature Neuroscience. More information here.

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