Thorsten Giesecke

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OBJECTIVE For many individuals with chronic low back pain (CLBP), there is no identifiable cause. In other idiopathic chronic pain conditions, sensory testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have identified the occurrence of generalized increased pain sensitivity, hyperalgesia, and altered brain processing, suggesting central augmentation(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for fibromyalgia are used to identify individuals with both widespread pain and tenderness, individuals who meet these criteria are not a homogeneous group. Patients differ in their accompanying clinical symptoms, as well as in the relative contributions of biologic, psychological, and(More)
Fibromyalgia is defined by widespread pain and tenderness at a minimum of 11 of 18 defined tender points. Current evidence indicates that tender points are not unique to fibromyalgia and are simply regions in the body where all people are more tender. Tenderness (i.e. sensitivity to pressure) is widespread in fibromyalgia rather than being confined to(More)
OBJECTIVE Individuals with chronic pain frequently display comorbid depression, but the impact of symptoms of depression on pain processing is not completely understood. This study evaluated the effect of symptoms of depression and/or clinically diagnosed major depressive disorder (MDD) on pain processing in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess both regional (vulvar) and overall (generalized) pain sensitivity in women with vulvodynia to determine whether both are increased, suggestive of altered central pain processing. METHODS Seventeen patients (aged 18-60 years) with vulvodynia and 23 age-matched control subjects were included in this cross-sectional study. Pressure pain(More)
UNLABELLED Evoked pain measures such as tender point count and dolorimetry are often used to determine tenderness in studies of fibromyalgia (FM). However, these measures frequently do not improve in clinical trials and are known to be influenced by factors other than pain such as distress and expectancy. The purpose of this investigation was to determine(More)
Over the years, many have viewed Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) as a so-called "functional disorder" and patients have experienced a concomitant lack of interest and legitimacy from the medical profession. The symptoms have not been explained by peripheral mechanisms alone nor by specific central nervous system mechanisms. In this study, we objectively(More)
Evoked or experimental pain is often used as a model for the study of clinical pain, yet there are little data regarding the relationship between the two. In addition, there are few data regarding the types of stimuli and stimulus intensities that are most closely related to clinical pain. In this study, 36 subjects with fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue(More)
OBJECTIVE Anticipation of pain influences its cerebral processing and dysfunctional cognitive style like catastrophizing correlates with the severity of pain. Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) exhibit higher levels of catastrophizing, increased attention to pain, and augmented cerebral pain processing. Therefore, alteration in cerebral processing(More)
UNLABELLED In vivo data on opioid receptor mRNA regulation after agonist exposure in the peripheral nervous system are lacking. Therefore, we studied the impact of morphine treatment on the regulation of mu-opioid receptor mRNA during behavioral signs of tolerance in rat peripheral sensory ganglia. Nineteen rats were treated in 2 groups with either morphine(More)