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Duke University Medical Center

Brain pathway makes head and face pain very draining

CAROLINA: If head and facial pain seem stronger and scarier than pain elsewhere, it’s because a special pathway in the brain is heightening our emotions from pain at those sites, according to studies in mice. People usually experience head and facial pain as more severe and emotionally draining than body pain, but the biological basis of this remains something of a mystery. It turns out that pain signals in the face travel to a different place in the brain than pain stimuli in other parts of the body, researchers say.…