If you suffer from chronic pain, are your kids also more likely to? The answer seems to be yes, although it’s certainly not inevitable.
Increasingly, research is showing that our genes may play a role in causing certain conditions that cause pain. Our genes may also help determine how intensely we feel pain.
For instance, researchers in Utah found that deterioration of lumbar discs—which is one of the most common causes of low back pain—seems to have a genetic component. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia seems to run in families. And research has also shown that teens whose parents had chronic pain were more likely to suffer chronic pain themselves.
What's more, researchers have discovered that chronic pain... Read more