A drug used to treat phobias is being prescribed for back pain.
The pill has been shown to reduce anxiety which can reduce back pain. It is being used in a clinical trial of 40 patients.
Recent studies showed that some patients emotions and thoughts on back pain can actually contribute to making the pain they are experiencing worse.
‘The greater the angst, the greater the pain, and the larger it becomes’.
The drug has been used to treat phobias and anxiety as well as obsessive compulsive disorders.
I can understand what they mean when they say that anxiety can contribute to pain, but I’m not sure taking a pill for phobia could magic your back pain away. It sounds to easy for me, but I will certainly be keeping my eye on the trials they are doing.