Sigrid Christa Sudhaus

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This study was designed to explore whether the basal adrenocortical activity is related with pain-related coping, nonverbal pain behavior, depressive mood, and fatigue in patients with acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain. 19 patients with acute low back pain (ALBP) and 24 with chronic low back pain (CLBP) participated in the study. The(More)
PURPOSE This study examines the relationship between low back pain, disability and fatigue and overt physical activity with respect to fear-avoidance and endurance-related subgroups. METHOD 49 patients completed questionnaires (Pain, Disability, Fatigue, Depression, Pain-responses pattern) 6 months after lumbar disc surgery and underwent an 8-hour(More)
BACKGROUND Peculiarities of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity in stress-related pain-disorders and potential relations with psychological risk factors of pain chronicity have been discussed controversially. MATERIAL AND METHODS The cortisol awakening responses of 31 low back pain patients (14 acute, 17 chronic) and 14 healthy controls were(More)
Recent clinical studies in patients with lower back pain indicate that maladaptive fear-avoidance- and endurance-related pain responses (FAR and ER) have an influence on pain-induced physiological stress levels. The aim of the present study was to follow-up these results under well-controlled laboratory conditions. For this purpose, 30 healthy adults were(More)
Recent research indicates that stress-induced, prolonged deviations in basal adrenocortical activity might contribute to ongoing/recurrent pain following lumbar disc surgery. Further, fear-avoidance and endurance responses to pain (FAR and ER) are regarded as important risk factors for pain after surgery. In patients with non-specific low back pain, FAR(More)
Most pain and disability variance in patients with low back pain still remains unexplained. The aim of this study was to enhance the degree of explained variance by including measures of pain and tactile sensitivity as well as pain-related endurance and fear-avoidance responses. Thirty-six post lumbar disc surgery patients completed psychometric(More)
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