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D Keszthelyi, Q Aziz, J K Ruffle, O O'Daly, D Sanders, K Krause, S C Williams, M A Howard
BACKGROUND: Traditional psychometric measures aimed at characterizing the pain experience often show considerable overlap, due to interlinked affective and modulatory processes under central nervous system control. Neuroimaging studies have been employed to investigate this complexity of pain processing, in an attempt to provide a quantifiable, adjunctive description of pain perception. In this exploratory study, we examine psychometric and neuroimaging data from 38 patients with painful osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
N Nestler, L Krisch, A Mahlknecht, M Flamm, J Osterbrink
BACKGROUND: Pain, restriction of mobility and cognitive impairment are often present in old age and intensify each other. OBJECTIVES: Is there a relationship between mobility, pain, cognitive capacity, diagnoses and number of prescribed medication for residents of nursing homes? METHODS: Subgroup analysis of the baseline data from an intervention study for optimization of the medication safety of 120 nursing home residents. RESULTS: Pain was presumed in 77...
March 6, 2018: Der Schmerz
Abi Muere, Dean A Tripp, J Curtis Nickel, Kerri-Lynn Kelly, Robert Mayer, Michel Pontari, Robert Moldwin, Lesley K Carr, Claire C Yang, Jorgen Nordling
Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) is a urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome with suboptimal treatment outcomes. Catastrophizing is an empirically supported risk factor for greater IC/BPS pain. In this study, a moderated multiple mediation model is tested in which several additional psychosocial risk factors (depression, illness and wellness-focused behavioral coping strategies) are proposed as mediators or moderators in the existing relationship between catastrophizing and IC/BPS pain. The present questionnaire study employed a cross-sectional design...
February 28, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Alexis L Maule, Patricia A Janulewicz, Kimberly A Sullivan, Maxine H Krengel, Megan K Yee, Michael McClean, Roberta F White
OBJECTIVES: Across diverse groups of Gulf War (GW) veterans, reports of musculoskeletal pain, cognitive dysfunction, unexplained fatigue, chronic diarrhoea, rashes and respiratory problems are common. GW illness is a condition resulting from GW service in veterans who report a combination of these symptoms. This study integrated the GW literature using meta-analytical methods to characterise the most frequently reported symptoms occurring among veterans who deployed to the 1990-1991 GW and to better understand the magnitude of ill health among GW-deployed veterans compared with non-deployed GW-era veterans...
February 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Jo Nijs, Olivier Mairesse, Daniel Neu, Laurence Leysen, Lieven Danneels, Barbara Cagnie, Mira Meeus, Maarten Moens, Kelly Ickmans, Dorien Goubert
Among people with chronic pain, insomnia is highly prevalent, closely related to the mechanism of central sensitization, characterized by low-grade neuroinflammation, and commonly associated with stress or anxiety; in addition, it often does not respond effectively to drug treatments. This review article applies the current understanding of insomnia to clinical practice, including assessment and conservative treatment of insomnia in people with chronic pain. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia can be efficacious for improvements in sleep initiation, sleep maintenance, perceived sleep quality, and pain interference with daily functioning in people with chronic pain...
February 7, 2018: Physical Therapy
Nina Attridge, Nils Georg Niederstrasser
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February 5, 2018: Pain
Jeroen Kregel, Charline Schumacher, Mieke Dolphens, Anneleen Malfliet, Dorien Goubert, Dorine Lenoir, Barbara Cagnie, Mira Meeus, Iris Coppieters
OBJECTIVE: Symptoms of central sensitization (CS) have been described in patients with chronic spinal pain (CSP). Although a gold standard to diagnose CS is lacking, psychophysical pain measures are often used. The Central Sensitization Inventory (CSI) is proposed as an alternative method and indirect tool for the evaluation of CS symptomatology. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the convergent validity of the CSI by investigating the association with psychophysical pain measures and self-reported measures of current pain intensity, quality of life, disability, and catastrophizing in CSP patients...
December 8, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Monika Halicka, Przemysław Bąbel
OBJECTIVES: Previous research on pain memory provides inconsistent evidence about the accuracy of pain recall, and few studies have attempted to examine broad affective and contextual contributions to this phenomenon. The present research aimed to determine the accuracy of postoperative pain recall after a 3-months, with respect to the context of the surgery and the congruence of affective states concurrent with the initial experience and its recall. The study also aimed to identify predictors of remembered pain by analysing a range of sensory, cognitive and affective factors...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
Jun Wang, Jie Tu, Bing Cao, Li Mu, Xiangwei Yang, Mi Cong, Aruna S Ramkrishnan, Rosa H M Chan, Liping Wang, Ying Li
Human brain imaging studies have revealed the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) as a key brain region for mediating visceral-pain-cognitive interactions. Recently, we characterized impairments of long-term potentiation and spike-field coherence in the basolateral amygdala (BLA)-ACC network in association with a decision-making deficit in rats with visceral hypersensitivity (VH). Now, by combining integrative neurobiological approaches, we show that ACC-reactive astrogliosis and activity-dependent impairment of lactate release occur in VH rats...
November 28, 2017: Cell Reports
Iris Coppieters, Robby De Pauw, Karen Caeyenberghs, Lieven Danneels, Jeroen Kregel, Astrid Pattyn, Mira Meeus, Barbara Cagnie
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (CWAD) are characterized by pain of traumatic origin, cognitive deficits, and central sensitization (CS). Previous neuroimaging studies revealed altered grey matter volume (GMV) in mild traumatic brain injury patients and chronic pain conditions also characterized by CS. It can therefore be hypothesized that GMV alterations also play a role in the persistent complaints of CWAD. However, brain alterations remain poorly investigated in these patients...
November 2017: Pain Physician
Takuji Adachi, Yuji Kono, Kotaro Iwatsu, Yuko Shimizu, Sumio Yamada
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed 1) to examine whether objectively measured duration of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was associated with slow walking speed, independent from step counts, in elderly women aged 75 or over (old-old) and 2) to determine a possible cut-off value for duration of MVPA related to slow walking speed. METHODS: Participants were 350 community-dwelling old-old women. Slow walking speed was defined as usual walking speed <1.0m/s...
January 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Mieke A W van Aken, Joukje M Oosterman, C M van Rijn, Magdalena A Ferdek, Gé S F Ruigt, B W M M Peeters, Didi D M Braat, Annemiek W Nap
OBJECTIVE: To explore how pain intensity and pain cognition are related to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in women with endometriosis. DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey. SETTING: Multidisciplinary referral center. PATIENT(S): Women with laparoscopically and/or magnetic resonance imaging-proven endometriosis (n = 50) and healthy control women (n = 42). INTERVENTION(S): For HRQoL, two questionnaires: the generic Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the Endometriosis Health Profile 30 (EHP-30)...
October 2017: Fertility and Sterility
Fatemeh Akbari, Mohsen Dehghani
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is associated with increased stress in families and has its own impact on the relationship between members of the family. Among couples, if one of them suffers from chronic pain, this may influence marital satisfaction in both of them and given the importance of marital satisfaction in the prediction of successful treatment outcome, it is important to investigate pain and personality-related factors contributing to inter-individuals variation in marital satisfaction...
July 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
Laurence Geebelen, Tinne Lernout, Benoît Kabamba-Mukadi, Veroniek Saegeman, Hein Sprong, Steven Van Gucht, Philippe Beutels, Niko Speybroeck, Katrien Tersago
BACKGROUND: In Belgium, different routine surveillance systems are in place to follow-up Lyme borreliosis trends. However, accurate data on the disease and monetary burden for the different clinical manifestations are lacking. Despite recommended antibiotic treatment, a proportion of Lyme patients report persisting aspecific symptoms for six months or more (e.g. fatigue, widespread musculoskeletal pain, cognitive difficulties), a syndrome now named "post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome" (PTLDS)...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
Piriyatharisini Thamilselvan, Krishna Raja Muthuraman, Sheeba Arockiamary Thasan, Gayathri Kasinathan, Jharna Mandal, Subhash Chandra Parija
INTRODUCTION: Human beings are accidental hosts for Cysticercus cellulosae showing varied clinical manifestations based on the site harbored by the parasitic cyst because of which disease profile remains unexplored at large. Besides this, diagnosis of the disease with a single conventional method is problematic due to lack of specificity and sensitivity. AIM: To assess the varied clinical manifestations and stratify based on imaging and serological methods for diagnosis of Neurocysticercosis (NCC) in our study population...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Anneleen Malfliet, Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Mira Meeus, Barbara Cagnie, Lieven Danneels, Mieke Dolphens, Ronald Buyl, Jo Nijs
Many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS) and/or fibromyalgia(FM) have little understanding of their condition, leading to maladaptive pain cognitions and coping strategies. These should be tackled during therapy, for instance by pain neurophysiology education (PNE). Although positive effects of PNE are well-established, it remains unclear why some patients benefit more than others. This paper aims at exploring characteristics of patients responding poor to PNE to further improve its effectiveness. Data from two RCT's were pooled to search for baseline predictors...
June 12, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
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2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Liang Qiang, Anand N Rao, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Marianne F James, Nicole Comfort, Kimberly Sullivan, Peter W Baas
Gulf War illness (GWI), which afflicts at least 25% of veterans who served in the 1990-1991 war in the Persian Gulf, is thought to be caused by deployment exposures to various neurotoxicants, including pesticides, anti-nerve gas pills, and low-level nerve agents including sarin/cyclosarin. GWI is a multisymptom disorder characterized by fatigue, joint pain, cognitive problems, and gastrointestinal complaints. The most prominent symptoms of GWI (memory problems, poor attention/concentration, chronic headaches, mood alterations, and impaired sleep) suggest that the disease primarily affects the CNS...
May 16, 2017: Neurology
Sandrine Indart, Jacques Hugon, Pierre Jean Guillausseau, Alice Gilbert, Julien Dumurgier, Claire Paquet, Damien Sène
Primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease characterized by xerophthalmia, xerostomia, and potential peripheral or central neurological involvement. In pSS, the prevalence of cognitive disorders is generally sparse across literature and the impact of pain on cognitive profile is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the relation between pain, cognitive complaint, and impairment in a very homogenous population of 10 pSS patients with painful small fiber neuropathy (PSFN) and spontaneous cognitive complaint...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stephanie Both, Marieke Brauer, Philomeen Weijenborg, Ellen Laan
INTRODUCTION: In dyspareunia-a somatically unexplained vulvovaginal pain associated with sexual intercourse-learned pain-related fear and inhibited sexual arousal are supposed to play a pivotal role. Based on research findings indicating that enhanced pain conditioning is involved in the etiology and maintenance of chronic pain, in the present study it was hypothesized that enhanced pain conditioning also might be involved in dyspareunia. AIM: To test whether learned associations between pain and sex negatively affect sexual response; whether women with dyspareunia show stronger aversive learning; and whether psychological distress, pain-related anxiety, vigilance, catastrophizing, and sexual excitation and inhibition were associated with conditioning effects...
May 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
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