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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087191/alterations-of-brain-activity-in-fibromyalgia-patients
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REVIEW
Passakorn Sawaddiruk, Sahattaya Paiboonworachat, Nipon Chattipakorn, Siriporn C Chattipakorn
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain with diffuse tenderness at multiple tender points. Despite intense investigations, the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia remains elusive. Evidence shows that it could be due to changes in either the peripheral or central nervous system (CNS). For the CNS changes, alterations in the high brain area of fibromyalgia patients have been investigated but the definite mechanisms are still unclear. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI) have been used to gather evidence regarding the changes of brain morphologies and activities in fibromyalgia patients...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069543/brain-oscillations-differentially-encode-noxious-stimulus-intensity-and-pain-intensity
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Moritz M Nickel, Elisabeth S May, Laura Tiemann, Paul Schmidt, Martina Postorino, Son Ta Dinh, Joachim Gross, Markus Ploner
Noxious stimuli induce physiological processes which commonly translate into pain. However, under certain conditions, pain intensity can substantially dissociate from stimulus intensity, e.g. during longer-lasting pain in chronic pain syndromes. How stimulus intensity and pain intensity are differentially represented in the human brain is, however, not yet fully understood. We therefore used electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the cerebral representation of noxious stimulus intensity and pain intensity during 10min of painful heat stimulation in 39 healthy human participants...
January 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056123/the-interface-of-mechanics-and-nociception-in-joint-pathophysiology-insights-from-the-facet-and-temporomandibular-joints
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Megan M Sperry, Meagan E Ita, Sonia Kartha, Sijia Zhang, Ya-Hsin Yu, Beth Winkelstein
Chronic joint pain is a widespread problem that frequently occurs with aging and trauma. Pain occurs most often in synovial joints, the body's load bearing joints. The mechanical and molecular mechanisms contributing to synovial joint pain are reviewed using two examples, the cervical spinal facet joints and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Although much work has focused on the macroscale mechanics of joints in health and disease, the combined influence of tissue mechanics, molecular processes, and nociception in joint pain has only recently become a focus...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030474/therapeutic-benefits-of-the-methyl-donor-s-adenosylmethionine-sam-on-nerve-injury-induced-mechanical-hypersensitivity-and-cognitive-impairment-in-mice
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Stéphanie Grégoire, Magali Millecamps, Lina Naso, Sonia Do Carmo, A Claudio Cuello, Moshe Szyf, Laura S Stone
Despite considerable advances in understanding mechanisms involved in chronic pain, effective treatment remains elusive. Co-morbid conditions including anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment further impact quality of life. Chronic pain is associated with reversible changes in brain anatomy and function and with long-term changes in gene expression. Epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, contribute to wide-spread and long-lasting reprogramming of gene expression. We previously reported decreases in global DNA methylation in the mouse frontal cortex six months following induction of neuropathic pain using the Spared Nerve Injury (SNI) model...
December 22, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028808/structural-gray-matter-alterations-in-chronic-migraine-implications-for-a-progressive-disease
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Lars Neeb, Kaili Bastian, Kersten Villringer, Heike Israel, Uwe Reuter, Jochen B Fiebach
OBJECTIVE: To identify possible gray matter alterations in patients with chronic migraine using voxel-based morphometry (VBM). BACKGROUND: VBM studies demonstrate structural alterations of gray matter (GM) in episodic migraine (EM) patients. Some of these alterations correlate with disease duration and headache frequency. We assessed GM alterations in chronic migraine (CM) and EM to evaluate the concept of migraine as a progressive disorder of the brain. METHODS: Individually age and sex-matched subjects with CM or EM (both without aura) and healthy controls (n = 21 per group) underwent magnetic resonance imaging-based VBM...
December 28, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011263/prenatal-alcohol-exposure-potentiates-chronic-neuropathic-pain-spinal-glial-and-immune-cell-activation-and-alters-sciatic-nerve-and-drg-cytokine-levels
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Shahani Noor, Joshua J Sanchez, Arden G Vanderwall, Melody S Sun, Jessie R Maxwell, Suzy Davies, Lauren L Jantzie, Timothy R Petersen, Daniel D Savage, Erin D Milligan
A growing body of evidence indicates that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) may predispose individuals to secondary medical disabilities later in life. Animal models of PAE reveal neuroimmune sequelae such as elevated brain astrocyte and microglial activation with corresponding region-specific changes in immune signaling molecules such as cytokines and chemokines. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of moderate PAE on the development and maintenance of allodynia induced by chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve in adult male rat offspring...
December 20, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003158/central-sensitization-related-changes-of-effective-and-functional-connectivity-in-the-rat-inflammatory-trigeminal-pain-model
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Tamás Spisák, Zsófia Pozsgay, Csaba Aranyi, Szabolcs Dávid, Pál Kocsis, Gabriella Nyitrai, Dávid Gajári, Miklós Emri, András Czurkó, Zsigmond Tamás Kincses
Central sensitization is a key mechanism in the pathology of several neuropathic pain disorders. We aimed to investigate the underlying brain connectivity changes in a rat model of chronic pain. Non-noxious whisker stimulation was used to evoke blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) responses in a block-design functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) experiment on 9.4T. Measurements were repeated two days and one week after injecting complete Freund's adjuvant into the rats' whisker pad. We found that acute pain reduced activation in the barrel cortex, most probably due to a plateau effect...
December 18, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002166/the-analgesic-effects-of-5r-6r-6-3-propylthio-1-2-5-thiadiazol-4-yl-1-azabicyclo-3-2-1-octane-on-a-mouse-model-of-neuropathic-pain
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Yong-Jie Wang, Zhen-Xing Zuo, Mei Zhang, Zhi-Hui Feng, Min Yan, Xiang-Yao Li
BACKGROUND: Both pharmacologic and genetic approaches have been used to study the involvement of the muscarinic acetylcholine system in the regulation of chronic pain. Previous studies suggest that the M2 and M4 subtypes of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) are important targets for the development of chronic pain. (5R,6R)6-(3-Propylthio-1,2,5-thiadiazol-4-yl)-1-azabicyclo[3.2.1] octane (PTAC) has agonist effects on muscarinic M2 and M4 receptors and antagonist effects on muscarinic M1, M3, and M5 receptors...
December 19, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998892/tnf-%C3%AE-differentially-regulates-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus-and-spinal-cord-by-microglia-dependent-mechanisms-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Yong Liu, Li-Jun Zhou, Jun Wang, Dai Li, Wen-Jie Ren, Jiyun Peng, Xiao Wei, Ting Xu, Wen-Jun Xin, Rui-Ping Pang, Yong-Yong Li, Zhi-Hai Qin, Madhuvika Murugan, Mark P Mattson, Long-Jun Wu, Xian-Guo Liu
: Clinical studies show that chronic pain is accompanied by memory deficits and reduction in hippocampal volume. Experimental studies show that spared nerve injury (SNI) of sciatic nerve induces long-term potentiation (LTP) at C-fiber synapses in spinal dorsal horn but impairs LTP in hippocampus. The opposite changes may contribute to neuropathic pain and memory deficits, respectively. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the functional synaptic changes are unclear...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989975/is-there-an-mri-discernible-etiology-for-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-structured-review
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REVIEW
Judy Alper, Raj K Shrivastava, Priti Balchandani
BACKGROUND: Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic brain condition involving the trigeminal nerve and characterized by severe and recurrent facial pain. While the etiology of TN has been researched extensively, there is a lack of convergence on the exact physiological processes leading to pain symptoms. This review seeks to better elucidate the underlying pathophysiology of TN by analyzing the outcomes of studies that utilize magnetic resonance (MR) structural imaging and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to examine nerve damage in patients with TN...
October 27, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986927/histological-underpinnings-of-grey-matter-changes-in-fibromyalgia-investigated-using-multimodal-brain-imaging
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F B Pomares, T Funck, N A Feier, S Roy, A Daigle-Martel, M Ceko, S Narayanan, D Araujo, A Thiel, N Stikov, M A Fitzcharles, P Schweinhardt
: Chronic pain patients present with cortical grey matter alterations, observed with anatomical magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Reduced regional grey matter volumes are often interpreted to reflect neurodegeneration but studies investigating the cellular origin of grey matter changes are lacking. We used multi-modal imaging to compare 26 post-menopausal women with 25 healthy controls (age range: 50-75 years) to test whether regional grey matter volume decreases in chronic pain are associated with compromised neuronal integrity...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940762/pediatric-chronic-pain-biopsychosocial-assessment-and-formulation
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REVIEW
Christina Liossi, Richard F Howard
Chronic pain in children is an increasingly recognized clinical problem with alarmingly high prevalence rates found in some populations. Although it is not understood why some children experience high levels of pain, the subjective experience of chronic pain (including its site, intensity, quality, unpleasantness, and associated suffering) has long been believed to result from interactions between multiple contributors, including nociceptive, affective, sociocultural, behavioral, and cognitive. Regardless of whether the antecedent of chronic pain is known or unknown, similar patterns of symptoms, behaviors, and disability are often seen...
November 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920977/neurochemical-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-detected-by-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Xianjing Zhao, Maosheng Xu, Kristen Jorgenson, Jian Kong
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a highly prevalent health problem around the world, affecting 50% to 85% of people at some point in life. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize the previous proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies on brain chemical changes in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP). METHODS: We identified relevant studies from a literature search of PubMed and EMBASE from 1980 to March 2016. Data extraction was performed on the subjects' characteristics, MRS methods, spectral analyses, cerebral metabolites and perceptual measurements...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909008/trajectory-of-parvalbumin-cell-impairment-and-loss-of-cortical-inhibition-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Tsung-Hsun Hsieh, Henry Hing Cheong Lee, Mustafa Qadir Hameed, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Takao K Hensch, Alexander Rotenberg
Many neuropsychiatric symptoms that follow traumatic brain injury (TBI), including mood disorders, sleep disturbance, chronic pain, and posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) are attributable to compromised cortical inhibition. However, the temporal trajectory of cortical inhibition loss and its underlying mechanisms are not known. Using paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (ppTMS) and immunohistochemistry, we tracked functional and cellular changes of cortical inhibitory network elements after fluid-percussion injury (FPI) in rats...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908839/the-transition-of-acute-postoperative-pain-to-chronic-pain-an-integrative-overview-of-research-on-mechanisms
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C Richard Chapman, Charles J Vierck
The nature of the transition from acute to chronic pain still eludes explanation, but chronic pain resulting from surgery provides a natural experiment that invites both clinical epidemiological investigation and basic scientific inquiry into the mechanisms of this transition. The primary purpose of this paper is to review current knowledge and hypotheses on the transition from acute to persistent postsurgical pain, summarizing literature on clinical epidemiological studies of persistent postsurgical pain development, as well as basic neurophysiological studies targeting mechanisms in the periphery, spinal cord, and brain...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881958/motor-cortex-neurostimulation-technologies-for-chronic-post-stroke-pain-implications-of-tissue-damage-on-stimulation-currents
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Anthony T O'Brien, Rivadavio Amorim, R Jarrett Rushmore, Uri Eden, Linda Afifi, Laura Dipietro, Timothy Wagner, Antoni Valero-Cabré
Background: Central post stroke pain (CPSP) is a highly refractory syndrome that can occur after stroke. Primary motor cortex (M1) brain stimulation using epidural brain stimulation (EBS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have been explored as potential therapies for CPSP. These techniques have demonstrated variable clinical efficacy. It is hypothesized that changes in the stimulating currents that are caused by stroke-induced changes in brain tissue conductivity limit the efficacy of these techniques...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879564/structural-brain-imaging-in-people-with-low-back-pain
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Zaid M Mansour, Rebcca J Lepping, Robyn A Honea, William M Brooks, Hung-Wen Yeh, Jeffrey M Burns, Neena K Sharma
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether low back pain (subacute and chronic) is related to differences in brain volume. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Inconsistent findings have been reported about the effect of chronic low back pain on brain volume, and the effect of subacute low back pain on brain volume has not been sufficiently investigated. METHODS: 130 participants were included (23 subacute and 68 chronic low back pain; 39 healthy controls)...
November 22, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803655/sustained-effects-of-acupuncture-stimulation-investigated-with-centrality-mapping-analysis
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Xiangyu Long, Wenjing Huang, Vitaly Napadow, Fanrong Liang, Burkhard Pleger, Arno Villringer, Claudia M Witt, Till Nierhaus, Daniel Pach
: Acupuncture can have instant and sustained effects, however, its mechanisms of action are still unclear. Here, we investigated the sustained effect of acupuncture by evaluating centrality changes in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging after manually stimulating the acupuncture point ST36 at the lower leg or two control point locations (CP1 same dermatome, CP2 different dermatome). Data from a previously published experiment evaluating instant BOLD effects and S2-seed-based resting state connectivity was re-analyzed using eigenvector centrality mapping and degree centrality mapping...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793222/the-intestinal-microbiota-in-the-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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S M Collins
The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic abdominal symptom complex occurring in a bowel devoid of discernible relevant pathology. There is growing interest in the role of the intestinal microbiota as a basis for the intestinal and possibly behavioral manifestations of this condition. Molecular-based microbial profiling has revealed compositional changes in the microbiota of at least a subset of IBS patients but the data are often conflicting and no microbial signature for this condition has yet been defined...
2016: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779778/cold-pressor-gel-test-a-safe-alternative-to-the-cold-pressor-test-in-fmri
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Maryna Lapotka, María Ruz, Alberto Salamanca Ballesteros, Olga Ocón Hernández
PURPOSE: This study describes a new methodology-the cold pressor gel test (CPGT)-for delivering an accessible experimental pain stimulus, which is reproducible and safe for functional MRI (fMRI). METHODS: The cold pressor test was modified to put safety precautions into the CPGT. The material used is cool gelled water with a thickening product, which provides a stable temperature at 0.2 °C. Thirteen women with chronic pelvic pain were scanned using a 3 Tesla (T) MR scanner equipped with a 12-channel head coil...
October 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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