Is My Pain All in My Head?

Author: Dr. Julia Kim
Date Published: December-2014
Source: HSS Newsletter

Pain is not all in your head – but part of it is. By head, I am referring to your brain. With advances in neuroimaging and neurophysiology, we are beginning to understand that the experience of pain is a complex process. It is affected by somatosensory, structural, chemical, cognitive and emotional changes in the brain. Unfortunately many people think of “all in my head” as a reflection of only psychological factors. While there are psychological factors involved, it is not the only aspect.