• Santiago “Chago” Ortiz

Caffeine for the pain?


A recent Psychopharmacology study reached to the conclusion that caffeine consumption may increase your pain tolerance threshold.

In an observational study (not interventional) of 62 people between the ages of 19 to 77, researchers had them record their daily caffeine intake from various sources, such as coffee, energy drinks, soda, tea and chocolate for seven days. After the week ended, researchers took the volunteers to a laboratory where they were tested for pain tolerance with special devices. What was the result? The more caffeine individuals seemed to consume, the greater their overall pain tolerance.

Pain management has been a field of study for many years. Institutions like the National Institutes of Health and other agencies have been trying to find safer ways to help patients with chronic pain other than the usual opioid/NSAID combination.


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