Learn More
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)
UNLABELLED In this review, we present data from functional, structural, and molecular imaging studies in patients and animals supporting the notion that it might be time to reconsider chronic pain as a disease. Across a range of chronic pain conditions, similar observations have been made regarding changes in structure and function within the brains of(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)
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)
The association of self-efficacy expectancies with pain tolerance on the cold pressor test was examined during treatment conditions of setting quotas alone and in conjunction with monetary reinforcement and placebos in 64 college volunteers. It was found that quota setting was an effective means of increasing cold pressor pain tolerance. The addition of(More)
Since its introduction in 1967 by Shealy and colleagues, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy has become an accepted approach to the treatment of certain types of chronic pain. Significant advances have been made in surgical technique, hardware technology, and the variety of disorders for which SCS has proven to be potentially beneficial. Despite these(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study investigated the effects of both catastrophizing and the pain willingness component of acceptance on interference in daily activities and task performance during experimentally induced ischemic pain. In addition, the potential moderating role of pain willingness on the relationship between catastrophizing and degree of pain(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)
Objective. This study examines, in a retrospective fashion, the effects of intraspinal infusion therapy, primarily using opioids, in the treatment of recalcitrant noncancer pain in a sample of 29 consecutive patients. Patients were, on average, 58 years of age having had one surgery, with a pain duration of 221 months. Mean follow-up duration was 31 months.(More)