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OBJECTIVE Although numerous studies have independently examined ethnic differences in clinical and experimental pain, few have investigated differences in both sensitivity to controlled noxious stimuli and clinical pain reports in the same sample. The present experiment examined the effects of ethnicity (African American vs. white) on experimental pain(More)
In this study, 26 patients (average age, 44.3 years) with chronic noncancer pain averaging 115 months' duration had implantation of an infusion pump with intrathecal catheter placement. In general, preservative-free morphine sulfate was used. Average follow-up was 23 months. Measurements of pain reduction, activity improvement, oral medication use, and(More)
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this prospective investigation was to evaluate ethnic group differences in pain-related outcomes following multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment. A prospective pre- and post-treatment assessment design was employed to investigate the effects of ethnicity on changes in pain-related variables following completion of a(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic persistent pain as a result of terminal illness, either as a consequence of the disease or the necessary treatment, is common in patients with cancer. For these patients with moderate-to-severe intractable pain, intrathecal (IT) drug delivery systems may represent an effective option for pain management. Thus, IT drug delivery is a viable(More)
STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional analysis of data derived from patients with chronic spinal pain undergoing evaluation at a multidisciplinary pain treatment center was conducted. OBJECTIVE To determine whether pain severity, psychological status, and physical disability differed as a function of gender and opioid use, and whether the clinical correlates of(More)
Sex-related differences in the experience of clinical and experimental pain have been widely reported. Females are at elevated risk for developing several chronic pain conditions and women demonstrate greater sensitivity to noxious stimulation in the laboratory. However, relationships between responses to experimental noxious stimuli and the experience of(More)
Intrathecal therapy offers an invasive alternative for the long-term management of select patients with intractable pain associated with various disease states, including those of noncancer origin. It is commonly accepted that proper patient selection is essential to optimizing treatment outcomes, yet the practice of candidate selection for device(More)
This case study is presented to exemplify the application of a perineuromal approach in the treatment of recalcitrant occipital neuralgia. The patient was a 49-year-old female with severe and disabling occipital neuralgia. The pain persisted despite several surgical procedures, injections in the affected area, and medications. Threading the electrode into(More)