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Higher prevalence of chronic pain in COPD patients

The latest research on related serious health impacts of COPD in people finds that there is a higher prevalence of chronic pain in people with the disease as compared to people with a normal health profile. Researchers from the Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan, and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, stated in their paper that their cross-sectional multicenter study analysed 28 COPD patients and 65 community-dwelling age-matched participants as the control group to find that instances of ​​ chronic pain, pain location, intensity and catastrophizing, pain-related fear (kinesiophobia), anxiety and depression were higher in the COPD group. The research team highlighted the need for chronic pain coping strategies as part of COPD treatment.

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