Researchers believe they’ve identified four genes that are responsible for your ability to tolerate pain.
In their study, they asked 2,721 people with chronic pain to rate their pain on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the most painful.
Researchers then grouped the participants according to low-pain, moderate-pain or high-pain ratings, and identified which genes were more prevalent in each group.
“Chronic pain can affect every other part of life,” study author Dr. Tobore Onojjighofia said in a statement.
“Finding genes that maybe play a role in pain perception could provide a target for developing new therapies and help physicians better understand their patients’ perceptions of pain.”
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