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Fibromyalgia Patients Show Poorer-Than-Usual 'Selective Learning' Of Pain Triggers In Study

Thursday 6 September 2018


From Fibromyalgia News Today:



Fibromyalgia Patients Show Poorer-than-Usual ‘Selective Learning’ of Pain Triggers in Study

By Jose Marques Lopes, PhD
August 8, 2018

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Patients with fibromyalgia show a poorer ability for “selective learning” of pain triggers, which may contribute to their widespread pain, a study reports.

The study, “Reduced selective learning in patients with fibromyalgia vs healthy controls,” was published in the journal Pain.

Pain episodes can occur at the same time as other non-painful stimuli, which can result in spreading of fear and persistent anxiety. Although identifying causes of pain is key, discriminating actual pain predictors from other stimuli can be challenging.

Research shows that individuals with chronic pain have impaired selective “fear” learning. The litmus test of selective learning is the blocking procedure, which consists in pairing one event with pain in the first stage, followed by pairing a different, non-painful event with the original pain-inducing stimulus.


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