By N. Tizgar. Granite State College. 2018.

Pain Sensitivity and Responsiveness to Placebo Suggestions The personality construct ‘pain sensitivity’ predicts fear of pain and pain avoidance behavior generic 50mg diclofenac with mastercard. We conducted a study to test our theoretical predictions that pain-sensitive individuals will experience pain more intensely than those who are not pain sensitive and that subjects receiving a positive placebo instruc- tion regarding anticipated pain will experience less pain than those given a neg- ative placebo diclofenac 100 mg mastercard, while pain scores of those receiving a neutral placebo instruction will fall in the middle. We divided 72 subjects into high and low pain- sensitive groups based on their results in the Pain Sensitivity Index test. Further randomization subdivided the groups into those receiving a positive, negative, and neutral placebo suggestion (total 6 groups). Participants rehearsed their placebo suggestions and focused on them during a second exposure to ice water. Both the positive and negative placebo suggestion interventions signifi- cantly altered pain threshold, tolerance, and endurance in the expected direc- tions. Participants with high pain sensitivity experienced more pain than did those with low pain sensitivity. Pain Anxiety and Responsiveness to Placebo Suggestion To determine the impact of multiple emotional responses elicited by a vari- ety of means, including a placebo/nocebo on acute pain, we performed a ran- domized experimental study that examined the effect of pain anxiety (measured with the validated PASS) on the experience (threshold and intensity) and expression (tolerance and pain worry) of acute pain and the possibility of influ- encing this effect with placebo/nocebo/neutral suggestions. Our 72 volunteers completed baseline measures of pain anxiety, pain worry, and mood. We used the median split in the pain anxiety scores to divide the group according to anxiety level (high/low) and collected scores of pain behavior, experience, and intensity during their first ice water immersion. We then subdivided each group so that a subgroup from each anxiety level would receive an instruction designed to elicit a positive (placebo), negative (nocebo), or neutral response. We then repeated the pain worry test and gathered second immersion pain and mood scores.

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