Can Pain Neuroscience Education Improve Endogenous Pain Inhibition?

Many chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders are characterized by the presence of central sensitization, which implies that the central nervous system is in a hypersensitive state in those who suffer from these disorders. Sensitivity to pain results from the outcome of the battle between pathways which facilitate the passage of nociceptive … [Read more...]

Tiny electrodes but big finding – is fibromyalgia a type of small fibre neuropathy?

normal and FM nociceptor

Lorimer went to a splendid topical workshop at the World Congress on Pain. The workshop was about the relative contribution of periphal and central contributions to fibromyalgia. There were three speakers. This blog will focus on the first - Jordi Serra from Barcelona.Jordi is a neurologist and is doing some excellent work with … [Read more...]

Timing is everything

Human brain mapping doesn’t go back as far as one might think.  The first brain activation studies used positron emission tomography (PET) back in the late 1980s.   Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, followed in the early 90s and went on to radically change neuroimaging [1].Given that it’s such early days for brain mapping, it … [Read more...]