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Dynamic Changes in Nociception and Pain Perception After Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Neuropathic Pain Patients
Aalborg University, Denmark.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Aalborg University, Denmark.
Aalborg University, Denmark.
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2015 (English)In: The Clinical Journal of Pain, ISSN 0749-8047, E-ISSN 1536-5409, Vol. 31, no 12, 1046-1053 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Patients with an implanted spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system for pain management present an opportunity to study dynamic changes in the pain system in a situation where patients are not stimulated (ie, experiencing severe pain) compared with a situation in which patients have just been stimulated (ie, pain free or greatly reduced pain). The aims of this study were (1) to determine if there are differences in nociceptive withdrawal reflex thresholds (NWR-T) and electrical pain thresholds (EP-T) before and after SCS; and (2) to establish if these differences are related to psychological factors associated with chronic pain. Methods: Seventeen volunteers with chronic neuropathic pain participated in the experiment. Electrical stimuli were applied to assess the NWR-T and the EP-T. In addition, psychological factors (ie, pain characteristics, depression, anxiety, and disability indexes) were also recorded. The NWR-T and EP-T were assessed with the SCS system off (at least 8 h before the experiment), and then reassessed 1 hour after the SCS system was turned on. Results: Ongoing pain intensity ratings decreased (P=0.018), whereas the NWR-T increased (P=0.028) after the SCS was turned on, whereas no significant difference was found for EP-T (P=0.324). Psychological factors were significant predictors for EP-T but not for NWR-T. Discussion: The results of this study suggest that pain relief after SCS is partially mediated by a decrease in the excitability of dorsal horn neurons in the spinal cord.

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LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS and WILKINS , 2015. Vol. 31, no 12, 1046-1053 p.
Keyword [en]
spinal cord stimulation; nociceptive withdrawal reflex; electrical pain threshold; psychological assessment
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123128DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000209ISI: 000364766000004PubMedID: 25789414OAI: diva2:877733

Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council, Stockholm, Sweden [K2011-69X-21874-01-6]; Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Stockholm, Sweden [2010-0913]

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