Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Chronic Pain Patients

Melanie Racine

This blog post relates to an article entitled Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Chronic Pain Patients: An Exploratory Study that Dr. Manon Choinière, Dr. Warren Nielson and I have recently published in The Clinical Journal of Pain [4].  (To read this same blog post in French please click here). Suicide has always been a very sensitive topic to … [Read more...]

Baby love, my baby love

The Journal of Pain recently announced the five most downloaded articles of 2013. Our very own Jane Bowering was on the podium with the third most downloaded paper (and the second most read paper in the Journal's history!!) Well done indeed Jane! Anyway, we have decided to bring all five of the most downloaded articles to you over the coming weeks. … [Read more...]

Bacteria directly activate sensory nerves

Julia Hush

We know that when we are injured or have an infection, our immune system kicks into gear. This is how our body fights infection and keeps us healthy. Immune cells are also involved in helping us know that there is damage in the tissues by making it hurt. They do this by releasing a bunch of substances (called inflammatory mediators) that trigger … [Read more...]

What if pain changes the mind?


†To a friend of mine. Because her lightening mind was stronger than the pain. When trying to explain someone’s pain, we usually first look at the pain signature in the body. This is surely right, because despite of its nature, pain rises as a sign from the body. Much scientific work has focused on the factors promoting chronic pain. Aside of … [Read more...]

How emotions influence pain perception in chronic pain

Sandra Kamping

Emotions change how we perceive pain. In healthy volunteers, positive affect is associated with reduced pain, while negative mood is associated with amplification of pain sensations (Meagher, Arnau, & Rhudy, 2001). Healthy participants rate painful experimental stimuli during the viewing of positive pictures as less intense and unpleasant than … [Read more...]

The role of perceived injustice in chronic pain

Whitney Scott

It is increasingly recognized that the meaning individuals give to their chronic pain experience has an important influence on their pain-related adjustment. Recent research suggests that many patients with chronic pain experience their situation with a sense of injustice [1]. Patients with chronic pain often experience numerous losses, including … [Read more...]

A good cuddle just ain’t enough!

Paula Tablon and Rebecca Pillai

Developmental researchers suggest that parents are hardwired to soothe their babies during distressing situations.  Much research has studied how infants and caregiver interact after the infant is distressed using a standardized separation-based experiment in a research lab. This work has clearly demonstrated how important the parent-infant … [Read more...]

Breast pain an issue for 1 in 3 female marathon runners

Nikki Brown

The breast itself has limited support of its own and as a result moves during activity. This can result in exercise related breast pain, experienced by up to 70% of exercising women [1].  We surveyed 1,285 female marathon runners [2] taking part in the 2012 London Marathon whose bra cup sizes ranged from an AA cup to an H cup, and underband … [Read more...]

Preserved ability to integrate a rubber hand indicates intact multisensory integration in CRPS

Annika Reinersmann

To the avid BiM reader the Rubber Hand Illusion (RHI) is probably well-known and old hat (for the not-so avid reader see below*). It is a popular paradigm because it can be used to investigate a) functionality of multisensory integration in corresponding brain areas and b) pre-existing mental representations of the body, i.e. body image [1]. We … [Read more...]

When the self is in pain

Dimitri Van Ryckeghem

Pain frequently interferes with the achievement of goals in daily life of chronic pain patients which often result in severe suffering. Pincus and Morley (2001) have suggested that the enmeshment of patients’ self-schema and pain schema may play an important role in explaining their suffering. The term ‘Schema’ is commonly used by psychologists and … [Read more...]