Why PainStory?

For the last 15 years we have been investigating the brain pathways and physiology that underlie the generation and regulation of pain and how it affects our health. Our lab emphasizes on developing new analysis tools in order to gain a clearer understanding of how the brain interacts with the mind and body to create a certain experience. Using a novel machine learning approach, we have discovered brain biomarkers for pain and we feel ready now to start our research on chronic pain. Pain is an individual human experience that is entirely subjective and can only be truly understood by the person experiencing the pain. Headaches, cancer pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, or other pain disorders can affect our well-being and quality of life. Our goal is to understand the physiological bases of these disorders in order to develop better and more personalized treatments. Moreover, since pain is so subjective, we believe that sufferers of chronic pain are the most valuable tool in helping our understanding. The PainStory project was initiated in 2017 by Pavel Goldstein after he was hit by a car. At this moment he started his own story of pain that inspired Pavel to start PainStory project. In PainStory project we provide you an opportunity to share your pain story. Collecting and analyzing the pain stories we want to understand common patterns and differences in pain expression. Participating in PainStory project, you would improve scientific knowledge about the pain experience that may result in better understanding of emotional states and health of pain patients. In future, we are planning to build tools for pain clinicians that would help them in diagnostics and treatment of pain. Your pain has a story, let it be heard!