Smoking and Chronic Pain

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Is there a link between chronic pain and smoking?

Numerous recent studies have demonstrated that yes, there is an association between smoking and the prevalence of a variety of chronic pain conditions.

Studies find:

  1. Chronic pain patients who smoke have a greater pain intensity than those who do not smoke.
  2. There is a higher prevalence of lower back pain in daily smokers compared with non-smokers.
  3. Evidence of the link between smoking and chronic pain was found in a study of 6,902 women over the age of 18.
  4. Women who smoked daily had a 2-fold higher prevalence of chronic pain compared with women who never smoked.
  5. Smoking was linked to an increased risk for transitioning from moderately acute back pain to chronic back pain.

According to the study, Nicotine-Induced Structural Changes Might Contribute to Chronic Pain Conditions, smokers are at increased risk for osteoporosis, fracture, lumbar disc disease, impaired wound healing, muscular damage, and impaired healing from spinal fusion.  These are a few additional reasons to quit smoking.  The Austin Diagnostic Clinic offers our Smoking Cessation Acupuncture program.  Program founder and  neurologist Dr. Everett Heinze has helped patients stop smoking for over 35 years.

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