Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) involves deeply rooted stress in the body and mind, which can in turn create chronic pain conditions.

New research indicates that in people with PTSD, pain intensity, hyperarousal, and pain avoidance have significant, negative direct effects on daily functioning.

“Elevated pain as reminders of the trauma may trigger high levels of hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD,” noted the abstract published on “Subsequently, avoidant coping strategies may be used to minimize pain so that the trauma would not be re-experienced, thus inhibiting the activation of hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD.”

However, the researchers noted, prolonged use of such strategies may contribute to decline in daily functioning.

“Daily Functioning in Chronic Pain: Study of Structural Relations with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Pain Intensity, and Pain Avoidance” ran in The Korean Journal of Pain; 2011 March; 24(1).

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