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Comorbidity Between Pain and Mental Illness – Evidence of a Bidirectional Relationship

Source: European Journal of Pain
Abstract: Background: Pain from various locations in the body and mental illness are common and the comorbidity between the two is well known although the temporal relationship remains to be determined. Our aim was to follow patients over time to study if pain (here dorsalgia/abdominal pain) or fibromyalgia lead to an increased risk of developing mental illness (here depression/anxiety) and/or the reverse i.e. whether patients with mental illness have an increased risk to develop pain or fibromyalgia, compared to the rest of the population.
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