Pain 2021 May 1. Epub 2021 May 1.
School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TD. Anaesthesia, Pain & Critical Care Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol, BS2 8HW. School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TU. University of East Anglia Brain Imaging Centre, School of Psychology, Lawrence Stenhouse Building, Chancellors Drive, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom.
Abstract: Fibromyalgia is a prevalent pain condition that is associated with cognitive impairments including in attention, memory, and executive processing. It has been proposed that fibromyalgia may be caused by altered central pain processing characterised by a loss of endogenous pain modulation. We tested whether attentional analgesia, where cognitive engagement diminishes pain percept, was attenuated in fibromyalgia patients (n=20) compared to matched healthy controls (n=20). Read More