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A study involving 790 subjects found that people suffering from depression were at higher risk of developing back or neck or lower back pain. The people with the greatest level of depression faced a quadrupled risk of developing these conditions compared to those with the lowest level of depression. Researchers believe that depression may lead people to become more passive and inactive. They may also withdraw socially and as a result focus more on the pain they feel. Researchers feel that early diagnosis of pain in depressed people may lead to more effective treatment.
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About: Depressed people face greater risk of neck and back pain
Date: 10 January 2005
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