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I'm in another chronic pain research study

I'm in another chronic pain research study


This Friday is my first session in an experimental research study involving brain imaging for the treatment of chronic pain. In a study funded by the NIH, researchers are developing the use of real-time imaging of the functions of the human brain (rtfMRI) to train patients to change activations in brain regions that control the experience of pain. It's biofeedback's 21st-Century cousin.

The potential benefit is that by learning to better control the areas of the brain related to pain processing, I will have a reduced overall experience of pain and a better quality of life -- without drugs.

There's no guarantee I won't be in the control group, though, so my personal benefit may be nil. But even so, I'll be contributing to the research, which is a wonderful feeling in and of itself. And from what I understand, participants will be using virtual reality goggles during the scans -- how cool is that! That experience alone will be worth the overall hassle.

The study involves 12 appointments, 6 of which involve undergoing MRI scanning, spread out over several months. And for me, it all begins on Friday.

I posted about a previous treatment study I was in here.
Tags: chronic pain, disability/medical, fibromyalgia, omneuron, rtfmri, study
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