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What do chronic migraines, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome have in common? These seemingly unrelated conditions share a common underlying problem - sensitization of the nervous system. That means confused nerves can turn up your pain level.

Chronic migraines, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome are all types of central sensitization syndromes.

Central sensitization syndromes share the feature of nerve sensitization.

Nerve sensitization intensifies pain. And pain comes on faster and lasts longer.

Sensitization arises from dysfunction in the nervous system. The dysfunction causes more intense pain signals and loss of the body's ability to turn down the pain signals. The balance is lost, as with a malfunctioning electrical panel.

These changes occur at each level of the nervous system - the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves.

Functional MRI scans actually provide a visual of brain function, and show how sensitization changes the way the brain processes pain.

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