Journal article

Altered heat pain thresholds and cerebral event-related potentials following painful CO2 laser stimulation in subjects with fibromyalgia syndrome.

SJ Gibson, GO Littlejohn, MM Gorman, RD Helme, G Granges

Pain | Published : 1994

Abstract

A decrease in mechanical pressure pain thresholds, particularly over pre-designated tender points, is one of the defining characteristics of fibromyalgia syndrome (FS); however, changes in thermal pain sensitivity have not been investigated. The present study examined heat pain thresholds and cerebral event-related potentials following CO2 laser stimulation in 10 subjects with FS and 10 age-matched control volunteers. The results indicate that patients with FS exhibit a significant reduction in heat pain threshold when tested on the dorsal surface of the hand. In accordance with previous research, we also found a decrease in mechanical pain threshold over pre-designated tender points and at ..

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