Chronic pain could be inherited
New research suggests that some types of chronic pain may be in your genes. Specifically, according to scientists at King's College London, four common conditions--irritable bowel syndrome, musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain and dry eye disease--may be inherited diseases.
For the study, the researchers analyzed more than 8,000 sets of twins and found that ailments were common in identical pairs sharing the same DNA. While environmental factors still play a role,as much as two-thirds of the likelihood of getting these diseases is determined by genes, they concluded.
The team decided to study identical twins and non-identical twins because they provide an ideal way to compare inherited genes. Identical twins share the same DNA, while non-identical twins do not.
The researchers hope these findings will lead to better therapies for those suffering with chronic pain.