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Reduction of conditioned pain modulation in humans by naltrexone: an exploratory study of the effects of pain catastrophizing.
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PMID:  22534819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The current study tested the hypothesis that conditioned pain modulation is mediated by the release of endogenous opioids with a placebo-controlled (sugar pill) study of naltrexone (50 mg) in 33 healthy volunteers over two counter-balanced sessions. Pain modulation consisted of rating of heat pain (palm) during concurrent cold water immersion (foot). Compared to baseline heat pain ratings, concurrent foot immersion lowered pain intensity ratings, which suggests an inhibitory effect, was reduced with naltrexone, suggesting at least partial dependence of inhibition on endogenous opioids. An exploratory analysis revealed that individual differences in catastrophizing moderated the effects of naltrexone; endogenous opioid blockade abolished modulation in subjects lower in catastrophizing while modulation was unaffected by naltrexone among high catastrophizers. The results suggest a role of endogenous opioids in endogenous analgesia, but hint that multiple systems might contribute to conditioned pain modulation, and that these systems might be differentially activated as a function of individual differences in responses to pain.
Christopher D King; Burel Goodin; Lindsay L Kindler; Robert M Caudle; Robert R Edwards; Nikolaus Gravenstein; Joseph L Riley; Roger B Fillingim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of behavioral medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3521     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7807105     Medline TA:  J Behav Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, College of Dentistry, University of Florida, 1329 SW 16th St, Suite 5180, PO Box 103628, Gainesville, FL, 32610-3628, USA,
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