Nov. 16, 2022 – Pain is how our bodies tell us something’s wrong, alerting us to injury or infection and helping doctors make a diagnosis. But pain is not fun, so we often try to block it using medication. 

But a surprising new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers suggests that blocking acute pain may actually lead to pain in the gut. 

That’s because pain may be a key part of a process that protects the gut from damage. 

In the study, pain neurons in mice helped regulate the protective mucus that lines the gut, releasing more mucus in response to inflammation. 



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