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Previous human imaging studies have revealed a network of brain regions involved in the processing of allodynic pain; this includes prefrontal areas, insula, cingulate cortex, primary and secondary somatosensory cortices and parietal association areas. In this study, the neural correlates of the perceived intensity of allodynic pain in neuropathic pain(More)
The aim was to compare the analgesic effectiveness and adverse effect incidence of oral dextromethorphan (DM) with placebo in patients with neuropathic pain. The first 10-day treatment period was a multiple-dose double-blind randomised controlled cross-over comparison of 13.5 mg of DM 3 times a day (t.d.s.) with placebo t.d.s.: 5 treatment pairs, each pair(More)
15 patients with deafferentation pain due to spinal cord injury were investigated for a spinal mechanism of pain transmission. Epidural morphine 5 mg in 5 ml of water had an analgesic effect in 5 patients, 3 of whom also had pain relief with epidural clonidine. Epidural clonidine 150 micrograms in 5 ml of saline had an analgesic effect in 7 patients who did(More)
There is controversy about whether the lack of response of some chronic pain to opioid treatment is absolute or relative. It is widely believed that nociceptive pain is responsive to opioids whereas neuropathic pain tends not to be. We have used a method of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with simultaneous nurse-observer measurement of analgesia, mood,(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of the peripheral cholinergic system in patients with sympathetically maintained pain (SMP). Thirty-three patients with SMP were given Bier's block with 0.6 mg of atropine in 10 ml of saline or 10 ml of saline in a randomised double-blind manner. Pain intensity, pain relief and mood were assessed(More)
The analgesic efficacy of 5% of EMLA cream (5 or 10 g) when applied for 24 h periods was evaluated in 5 female and 7 male patients (mean age 69 years, range 50-85 years) with refractory post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Mean visual analogue pain intensity scores for all patients were significantly improved 6 h after application (P less than 0.05). In a(More)