Couple problems should never be a problem

(Mirror Daily, United States) Going through couple problems is never easy: it is stressful, frustrating, painful, and, according to new medical research, it is also bad for your health. A recent discovery in the field shows that chronic pain can be caused by genes or by depressed partners to their respective partners.

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh (U.K.) found that there might be a connection between chronic pain and depression, as they are both caused either by genetics or by environmental factors. When in a relationship, people affect each other in many aspects, including their physical and mental health so that couple problems might be something we might want to handle more carefully.

Andrew McIntosh conducted the new study, and it involved 100,000 people who helped the researchers base their study on their experience. The results showed that genes expose people to chronic pain at a percentage of 38.4, whereas tension between partners and couple problems make 18.7% of the chances.  Another one of the findings was that chronic pain is connected to depression.

Chronic pain is no ordinary pain that comes and goes, but a different one, that can stay with the patient for weeks and months, even for half a year. The researchers know that there are still many other things to learn about how this type of pain works and how specialists can help people. Only by understanding the process behind the installation of this condition can doctors suggest a cure.

Lead author Andrew McIntosh talked about the effect he hopes the study will have on people:

“We hope our research will encourage people to think about the relationship between chronic pain and depression and whether physical and mental illnesses are as separate as some believe.”

The team of researchers also declared:

“The answer to these key questions are likely to signpost new directions for therapeutic interventions and highlight the symptoms that are most amenable to treatment, as well as to prevention.”

A piece of advice that will always work in such situations is to always be careful when choosing the person next to you, as it can lead to unexpected consequences.

The new study was published in PLOS Medicine.

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