The question is which is it? Is the depression giving us chronic pain or is the chronic pain giving us depression.
Obviously its no surprise to read that people who suffer from chronic pain can also suffer from feeling depressed at times. But, they are now saying that some types of chronic pain appears to come from a pathway in the nervous system, which sends pain signals to the brain, even when the pain is not actually with us.
Its a vicious cycle of depression and pain which is difficult to break.
Recent studies looked at how psychological variables,such as depression and anxiety may be linked to the start of a back pain problem, rather than the other way round.
Some studies have shown that around 40% of patients tested experienced the onset of depression before the onset of pain, and 58% experienced it after the pain began.
It is a possibility that depression has increased the risk for developing back pain problems.