Back Pain - Clinical Depression Linked, Studies Say
If you suffer from chronic back pain, doctors say you’re at a greater risk of developing clinical depression.
Statistics listed on spine-health.com show 85-percent of patients who suffer from chronic back pain also suffer from symptoms of depression.
Some of those symptoms include things like:
1. Sleep Disturbance
2. Appetite Disturbance
3. Loss of Interest
4. Withdrawal from People
5. and Fear of Dying
Doctor Andrew Block with the Texas Back Institute sat down to talk about the link between depression and chronic back pain and says spotting the signs are harder than you think.
Doctor Michael Von Korff, the associate director of the Center for Health Studies at Seattle's Group Health Cooperative has studied the relationship between pain and depression and says:
There is evidence from people with both pain and depression that if the pain resolves, their depression gets better. If their pain is chronic, their depression is more likely to stay elevated.
Doctor Korff went on to say several aspects of the study are still being studied.
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