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Pain catastrophizing

J Ryan Scott, Afton L Hassett, Andrew D Schrepf, Chad M Brummett, Richard E Harris, Daniel J Clauw, Steven E Harte
Objective: Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with improved health outcomes including reduced risk of heart disease; however, less is known regarding alcohol's effects on chronic pain. The aim of this study was to assess associations between pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and moderate alcohol use in a large chronic pain sample. Methods: A total of 2,583 new chronic pain patients presenting at a university pain clinic reported alcohol use and completed validated measures; 592 (23%) patients reported drinking, with 502 (85%) classified as moderate drinkers (females ≤7 and males ≤14 drinks/wk)...
March 13, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
C Liam Dwyer, Maximillian Soong, Alice Hunter, Jesse Dashe, Eric Tolo, N George Kasparyan
PURPOSE: We investigated whether written guidelines for surgeons and educational handouts for patients regarding safe and effective opioid use after hand surgery could reduce prescription sizes while achieving high patient satisfaction and a low refill rate. METHODS: All patients undergoing isolated carpal tunnel release or distal radius volar locked plating in a hand surgery group practice during a 6-month period were prospectively enrolled. Surgeons prescribed analgesics at their own discretion based on written guidelines...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Daniel L Riddle, Mark P Jensen, Dennis Ang, James Slover, Robert Perera, Levent Dumenci
BACKGROUND: Pain-coping strategies and appraisals are responses to the pain experience. They can influence patient-reported and physical performance outcome measures in a variety of disorders, but the associations between a comprehensive profile of pain-coping responses and preoperative pain/function and physical performance measures in patients scheduled for knee arthroplasty have not been examined. Patients with moderate to high pain catastrophizing (a pain appraisal approach associated with an exaggerated focus on the threat value of pain) may represent an excellent study population in which to address this knowledge gap...
April 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Rhondene M Miller, Ronald S Kaiser
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The complicated nature of chronic pain involves an interplay between psychological and physical factors, often resulting in increased emotional distress and reduced quality of life. This review is designed to help the medical practitioner who is working with chronic pain patients to be aware of psychological assessment techniques that can add to comprehensive patient understanding and more effectively guide treatment. Enhanced ability to assess and understand the emotional life of the chronic pain patient provides a basis for intervening and treating more successfully...
March 14, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Lucy Gee, Heather C Smith, Zohal Ghulam-Jelani, Hirah Khan, Julia Prusik, Paul J Feustel, Sarah E McCallum, Julie G Pilitsis
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain causes a significant burden to the US health care system, is difficult to treat, and remains a significant contributor to increased opioid use in the United States. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been FDA approved for the treatment of chronic pain. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hypothesis that SCS reduces opioid use, and alone maintains clinical outcome measures of pain and psychosocial determinants of health. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, we evaluated 86 patients undergoing SCS surgery for the treatment of chronic pain between September 2012 and August 2015...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Kristine M Thompson, Brian T Kruse, Mary Ann S Hedges
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing fasciitis is usually associated with a surgical or traumatic wound. Clostridial myonecrosis is an uncommon but deadly infection that can develop in the absence of a wound and is often associated with occult gastrointestinal cancer or immunocompromise, or both. CASE REPORT: We report a case of catastrophic atraumatic Clostridium septicum infection in an immunocompromised host. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: Emergency physicians most commonly associate necrotizing fasciitis with superinfection of an open wound...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Justine Benoit-Piau, Sophie Bergeron, Audrey Brassard, Chantale Dumoulin, Samir Khalifé, Guy Waddell, Mélanie Morin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between fear-avoidance variables, pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function and pain intensity in women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) as well as the moderator effect of partner support. METHODS: A total of 173 women diagnosed with PVD participated in the study. Fear-avoidance variables were evaluated with validated self-administered questionnaires: pain catastrophizing (Pain Catastrophizing Scale), pain-related fear (Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale), and partner support (Partner Support Questionnaire)...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Stefan Ignjatovic, Reza Omidi, Rahel A Kubik-Huch, Suzanne Anderson, Frank J Ahlhelm
Background Compared with other available injection techniques for lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections (LTFESIs), the traditionally performed subpedicular approach is associated with a higher risk of spinal cord infarction, a rare but catastrophic complication. Purpose To assess the short-term efficacy of the retroneural approach for computed tomography (CT)-guided LTFESIs with respect to different needle-tip positions. Material and Methods This retrospective analysis included 238 patients receiving 286 CT-guided LTFESIs from January 2013 to January 2016...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
Anna Julia Karmann, Christoph Lauer, Elisabeth Ziegler, Lena Killian, Claudia Horn-Hofmann, Stefan Lautenbacher
Strong alterations of night sleep (e.g., sleep deprivation, insomnia) have appeared to affect pain in inducing hyperalgesic changes. However, it has remained unclear whether everyday variations of night sleep in healthy individuals have any influence on pain processing. Forty healthy subjects were studied by portable polysomnography (PSG) and sleep questionnaire during two non-consecutive nights at home. Experimental pain parameters (pressure pain threshold, temporal summation = TS, conditioned pain modulation = CPM) and situational pain catastrophizing (Situational Catastrophizing Questionnaire = SCQ) were always assessed the evening before and the morning after sleep recording in a pain laboratory...
March 6, 2018: Biological Psychology
Christopher R Abrecht, Marise Cornelius, Albert Wu, Robert N Jamison, David Janfaza, Richard D Urman, Claudia Campbell, Michael Smith, Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Robert R Edwards, Kristin L Schreiber
Objective: To identify factors associated with pain severity and opioid consumption in the early perioperative period. Design: Prospective observational cohort study. Setting: Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects: Patients with osteoarthritis older than age 45 years undergoing primary total knee replacement at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A total of 126 patients enrolled. Methods: Preoperatively, pain questionnaires and quantitative sensory testing were performed on patients to develop a psychosocial and psychophysical profile...
March 7, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Ali Mohtashami, Andrew Kiat, Jane Cross, Robert Simon, Austin Curtin
INTRODUCTION: Abernethy malformations are extremely rare congenital anomalous portosystemic shunts. We report the case of a patient with a rare variant Abernethy malformation between the superior mesenteric vein and left renal vein, associated with a massive jejunal diverticulum. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 37-year-old Caucasian female presented to our emergency department with severe abdominal pain and proceeded to laparotomy for a presumed small bowel obstruction...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Kai Karos, Jessica M Alleva, Madelon L Peters
Experimental pain research frequently relies on the recruitment of volunteers. However, because experimental pain research often involves unpleasant and painful sensations, it may be especially susceptible to sampling bias. That is, volunteers in experimental pain research might differ from nonvolunteers on several relevant variables that could affect the generalizability and external validity of the research. We conducted two studies to investigate potential sampling bias in experimental pain research. In Study 1 we assessed participants' (N = 275; Age: 17 to 30 years) perceived likelihood of participating in pain research...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Mafalda Massara, Roberto Prunella, Pasquale Gerardi, Antonio Lillo, Giovanni De Caridi, Raffaele Serra, Stefano Notarstefano, Giovanni Impedovo
Abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm is a rare but life-threatening condition that occurs due to penetrating or blunt trauma. Clinical manifestations are variable, and the time interval from the initial trauma to diagnosis is variable. A prompt diagnosis and an aggressive management approach are required to avoid catastrophic complications. Possible treatment options are open surgical repair, endovascular repair, pseudoanerysmal sac thrombosis induction through direct thrombin injection, and coil embolization. Here, we present the case of a 75-year-old man affected by an infrarenal abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm presenting with abdominal and lumbar pain for 3 days, who was successfully treated with an endograft...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Alana Goldstein-Leever, Lindsey L Cohen, Carlton Dampier, Soumitri Sil
BACKGROUND: Youth with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk for recurrent pain and depressive symptoms, both of which contribute to poorer health outcomes. Furthermore, youth and family coping with child pain, including pain catastrophizing, is known to be associated with poorer psychosocial adjustment and greater functional disability among youth with SCD. In particular, child catastrophizing about pain and parent catastrophizing about their child's pain have been linked to increased pain and depressive symptoms in youth with chronic pain conditions...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Beth D Darnall, Maisa S Ziadni, Anuradha Roy, Ming-Chih Kao, John A Sturgeon, Karon F Cook, Kate Lorig, John W Burns, Sean C Mackey
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that chronic pain affects about 100 million U.S. adults, with chronic low back pain (CLBP) cited as the most prevalent type. Pain catastrophizing is a psychological construct shown to predict the development and trajectory of chronic pain and patient response to pain treatments. While effective treatment for pain catastrophizing typically includes eight-session groups of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a single-session targeted treatment class yielded promising results which, if replicated and extended, could prove to efficiently and cost-effectively reduce pain catastrophizing...
March 6, 2018: Trials
Nicola Holt, Gemma Mansell, Jonathan C Hill, Tamar Pincus
OBJECTIVES: Reassurance is an essential part of treatment for low back pain (LBP), but evidence on effective methods to deliver reassurance remains scarce. The interaction between consultation-based reassurance and patients' psychological risk is unknown. Our objective was to investigate the relationship between consultation-based reassurance and clinical outcomes at follow-up, in people with and without psychological risk. METHODS: We tested the associations between specific reassurance components (data gathering, relationship building, generic reassurance, and cognitive reassurance), patients' psychological risk (the presence of depression, anxiety, catastrophizing, or fear-avoidance), and postconsultation outcomes including, satisfaction and enablement, disability, pain, and mood at 3-month follow-up...
April 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Ashley N Junghans-Rutelonis, Julia R Craner, Chelsea M Ale, Cynthia Harbeck-Weber, Philip R Fischer, Karen E Weiss
Intensive pain rehabilitation programs are effective in increasing functioning for youth with chronic pain (CP). However, the utility of such programs for youth with CP and co-morbid postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is rarely examined. In addition, studies examining mediators of treatment for CP are sparse. This paper compares treatment outcomes for youth with CP (n = 117) and youth with CP + POTS (n = 118). Additionally, depression and pain catastrophizing were tested as potential mediators of treatment effects...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Justyna Cwajda-Białasik, Maria T Szewczyk, Paulina Mościcka, Arkadiusz Jawień, Robert Ślusarz
Introduction: The results of previous studies suggest that the quality of life in patients with lower limb ulcerations is markedly poorer than in the general population - with regard to physical, mental and social spheres. This complex character of that parameter necessitates comprehensive analyses of its specific aspects, including the level of the acceptance of illness and associated pain symptoms. Aim: To compare the quality of life and its specific dimensions in patients with lower limb ulcerations of various etiology...
October 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
Yasuo Niki, Shu Kobayashi, Takeo Nagura, Kazuhiko Udagawa, Kengo Harato
BACKGROUND: Joint line modification in kinematically aligned total knee arthroplasty (KA-TKA) is attracting attention in expectation of optimizing patient satisfaction after TKA. This study aimed to examine the effects of joint line modification on Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS), painDETECT score, and new Knee Society Score (KSS) 2011, all of which are robustly related to patient satisfaction. METHODS: The study enrolled 45 knees of 45 patients undergoing KA-TKA and a matched group of 45 knees of 45 patients undergoing mechanically aligned (MA) TKA as controls...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
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