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Pediatric chronic pain disorders are common and consequential in Western societies, occurring in 25-80% of population-based samples with a median prevalence of 11-38% and significant pain-related disability in 3-5% of these children. Pediatric chronic pain disorders have a negative impact on many aspects children's lives including mobility, night sleep, school attendance, peer relationships, family functioning, and overall quality of life. Parents caring for these children risk loss of parental earnings, and these disorders place a high financial burden on healthcare. In a nationally representative sample in the United States, costs related to health care were significantly higher ($1,339 per capita) for children with chronic pain disorders compared to children with common pediatric health conditions of ADHD, asthma and obesity. In children with clinical chronic pain conditions, such as daily headaches or fibromyalgia, chronic pain is presumably a persistent state of an overly excitable nervous system. This phenomenon known as central sensitization is characterized by excessive pain sensitivity that occurs in response to non-painful stimuli, such as light touch or contact with clothing, and slightly painful stimuli, such as a light pinprick. This hypersensitivity results from peculiar changes in the working of the central nervous system, including the spinal cord and brain, and leads to unusual intensification of pain that is out of proportion to the inciting stimulus. For example, light touch from clothing on the skin is perceived as intensely painful. Central sensitization is also thought to contribute to the spreading of pain to other body sites in several chronic pain disorders. In chronic pain disorders, the function of the central descending inhibitory modulating system is likely impaired and is traditionally measured by a phenomenon identified as "conditioned pain modulation (CPM)" and more recently measured by a phenomenon of "offset analgesia" (OA). The OA test is more robust than the CPM test and likely more acceptable to most patients, especially children, because it is shorter in duration and uses a more tolerable painful stimulus. Compared to CPM, the OA test is more tolerable because it is conducted using a painful test stimulus that is less than the maximal (suprathreshold). Additionally, the time of exposure to the painful stimulus is significantly shorter, a few seconds, in the OA test compared to CPM. The central descending inhibitory pathway that modulates pain as tested by OA is functional and mature in healthy children as young as 6 year of age, but it has yet to be investigated in children with chronic pain disorders. The investigators plan to test OA responses in a population of common pediatric pain disorders with overlapping symptomology attributed to central sensitization (such as chronic musculoskeletal pain, chronic abdominal pain and chronic headaches and chronic regional pain syndromes) and compare their responses with an age- and sex-matched control group. The characteristics of OA responses in each group will allow for assessment of the presence or absence of central sensitization as a mechanism driving the persistent, abnormal pain in a subgroup of these chronic pain disorders. The investigators hypothesize that central sensitization is the potential contributory mechanism of the central nervous system heightened sensitivity to two testing stimuli of painful (moderate heat discomfort sensation) and non-painful (warmth sensation) in children with chronic pain disorders. These types of sensations mimic those that children would be expected to experience their natural environment during typical activities of daily living such as showering/bathing in warm water or hand washing. Additionally, the Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire (PSQ) and Central Sensitization Inventory (CSI) will be used as clinical screening tools for subjective report of sensitization symptoms, and are simple and easy to administer in a clinical setting. The investigators hypothesize that these measures will correlate with the objective offset analgesia responses thus allowing for assessment of central sensitization in children with chronic pain disorders. These tests are advantageous because they are feasible to perform rapidly in a clinic setting and have utility for measurement of patient responses to therapeutic interventions. If this concept is supported by this study, future studies could utilize OA to examine the effects of various pharmacological and physical interventions used to manage children with chronic pain disorders including intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation or specific interventions such as aerobic exercise, which likely modulates pain via similar mechanisms.
ACTIVE study- a prospective observational clinical study examining the changes in quality of life and pain following dorsal root ganglion stimulation for the treatment of chronic intractable pelvic and lower limb pain.
CRPS Type 1 can occur after traumas, surgical applications or central nervous system disorders. The triggering factor in CRPS type 1 is fracture in about half of the cases. Mirror therapy is an innovative treatment approach that is cheap, easy to administer and non-invasive. It is thought that this treatment may be complementary to other rehabilitation methods.Neurophysiologic effects of mirror therapy are noted in the brain, especially in the parietal region, cerebellum, basal ganglia and premotor cortex. Mirror therapy is also effective through the mirror neuron system. Mirror therapy triggers neuroplasticity by increasing the connection between neurons in the brain and thereby enhances communication between the motor and the sensory cortex. Recent studies have shown the positive effects of mirror therapy in patients with CRPS Type 1 disease. There are two randomized controlled trials showing the efficacy of mirror therapy in patients with CRPS Type 1 after stroke. Only one pilot study was performed in patients with CRPS Type 1 who were traumatic origin. There are no randomized controlled trials investigating the efficacy of mirror therapy in CRPS Type 1 patients who developed secondary to trauma in the literature. The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical effects of mirror therapy applied in addition to routine rehabilitation program in patients with traumatic CRPS Type 1. The investigators hypothesized that adjunctive mirror therapy to classical rehabilitation program would result in better outcomes compared with the classical program only.
The purpose of this study is to compare the efficiency and safety of 2ml versus 5ml of local anesthetics used in stellate ganglion blocks for the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome of the arm.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disease provoking chronic pain in the limbs, following a trauma. Patient care is complicated by the variable clinical picture and response to treatment. The stress level of the organization, for chronic pain impacts the regulation of the autonomic balance. The study of time and frequency domain analysis of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) allows non-invasive and reproducible assessment of the autonomic balance.
Shoulder-hand syndrome (SHS) in stroke patients is painful and lowers quality of life. Unfortunately, the cause of SHS is not known, diagnosing SHS can be difficult, and treating it can be hard. Recent research has shown that certain nerve blocks are good for treating shoulder pain for stroke patients, but no one has looked specifically as SHS. We think that specific nerve blocks involving a shoulder nerve (the suprascapular, or SSc nerve) and a hand nerve (the median nerve) will be helpful in reducing SHS pain. We will use ultrasound guidance to accurately inject these nerves. These injections have never been described for SHS patients however, so we want to make sure people with SHS can go through with the injections without too much pain or discomfort. That is, we want to test the tolerance of these injections for people with SHS. We are also hoping to better understand how consistent a set of diagnostic criteria, called the Budapest criteria, are at diagnosing SHS in order to be able to accurately diagnose this condition.
This study is a prospective, single-arm, open label, single center pilot study to confirm the safety of a ultrahigh frequency DRG stimulator in patients with chronic lower limb pain. The actual trial length is 5 days. Pts will be given ultrahigh frequency pulse stimulation, and VAS will be obtained after 3-4 hours of each stimulation.
Relation between hypnosis and MEOPA on algodystrophy.
Background. Sympathetically maintained pain (SMP) can be effectively relieved by light irradiation to the area near stellate ganglion (SGI), which is applied as an alternative to sympathetic blockade. The clinical efficiency of SGI on heart rate variability (HRV) and its association with pain outcome need to be further identified. Objectives. This study is aimed to identify the effects of SGI on pain, HRV indices, quality of life, and function outcomes. Design. A prospective, double blind, randomized designed study Setting. An outpatient pain medicine clinic Subjects and Methods. A total of 44 patients will be enrolled and randomized to their allocations: the experimental group (EG, n=22) and control group (CG, n=22). All patients in EG will receive 12 sessions (twice a week) of standard SGI, while those in CG go through the same protocol except a shame irradiation is applied. Pain, HRV variables, quality of life, and function outcoms are measured before and after SGI in each session. All measures at the first-half and second-half courses are analyzed.
Background: Little is known about the problems in brain function in focal hand dystonia (FHD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) dystonia. It is unclear why some CRPS patients develop dystonia but others do not. Researchers want to learn which area of the brain is involved in CRPS dystonia compared with FHD. Objectives: To understand why people with CRPS develop dystonia, and if these reasons are different in people with FHD. Eligibility: Adults ages 18 - 70 with CRPS dystonia OR with CRPS without dystonia OR with FHD and Healthy volunteers of similar age. Design: Participants will be screened with physical exam, neurological exam, and medical history. They may give a urine sample and will answer questions. Participants can have 4 - 5 outpatient visits or stay at the clinical center for approximately 5-6 days. Participants will have MRI scans. They will lie on a table that slides in and out of a scanner that takes pictures of their brain. They will do small tasks or be asked to imagine things during the scanning. Participants will have transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) sessions for a few hours, with breaks. A brief electrical current passing through a well insulated wire coil on the scalp creates a magnetic pulse. This affects brain activity. Participants may do small tasks during TMS. Participants will have the electrical activity of their muscles measured during TMS sessions. Small sticky pads will be attached to their hands and arms. Participants ability to feel 2 separate stimuli as different will be tested by using a weak electrical shock to their fingers. They will also be asked to feel small plastic domes with ridges, that may cause discomfort.