Monday, December 12, 2016

Effective Pain Management

Preliminary research has shown that eye color can indicate how well an individual can handle pain. According to pain management specialists, some patients tolerate pain better than others, as well as the factors influence which pain management therapies are most appropriate to certain individuals.

Eye color may soon become another biomarker to help pain management. For example, people with red hair are resistant to anesthesia and require more of it during dental procedures.

In the new study of eye color, researchers compared pain tolerance and the effect of an epidural during childbirth among a group of 58 white pregnant women—24 with dark-colored eyes (brown or hazel) and 34 with light-colored eyes (blue or green).

The women with light-colored eyes: tolerated pain better during childbirth; had less post-partum anxiety and depression.

The women with dark-colored eyes: had a greater reduction in pain with an epidural, suggesting higher sensitivity to pain; experienced a 60% reduction in pain at rest with the epidural and a 55% reduction during movement; it was 45% and 40% among the women with light-colored eyes, respectively.

You might be skeptical of these early results; however, these results showed a trend in pain reduction, but might not be statistically or clinically significant. Further studies are needed to explore the potential link between pain and eye color among women who are not pregnant, men and children.

If eye color is shown to be a genetic biomarker, it would offer a practical approach to assessing a patient’s pain sensitivity. Clinicians can recognize biomarkers instantly and can use them to tailor their approach to pain management to the individual. Patients ultimately would benefit, as they may experience greater pain relief and improved quality of life. 

Pain, whether physical or emotional pain, is unavoidable in life. The bottom line: learn how to manage your pain. Effective pain management involves using the mind, the diet, and other means, except the use of pharmaceutical drugs, which should be your last option. 

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Stephen Lau
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