Neural Basis of Pain (Females with Fibromyalgia)


Study Information
Purpose of Study
To learn more about the neural basis of pain sensitivity associated with chronic pain.
Associated Lab
Stroman Laboratory
Location
Stroman Laboratory - 18 Stuart St.
Investigators
Howie Warren, MSc. Candidate.
Benefits of Participating
There are no direct benefits to participating in this study. However, the information we obtain will improve our understanding of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions, which could potentially improve future diagnostic and treatment strategies for these conditions.
Compensation
Participants will be compensated $20/hour for approximately 3 hours.

Inclusions:
  • Female
  • 19-60 years old
  • Diagnosed fibromyalgia
  • MRI compatible

Exclusions:
  • Male
  • Under 19 or over 60 years of age
  • History of mental illness or severe head trauma
  • Having medical conditions that are not compatible with magnetic resonance imaging (i.e. pacemakers)

What You'll Be Asked to Do:
Participants will undergo two fMRI sessions scheduled approximately 1 week apart. During these sessions they will be given a noxious heat stimulus to the palm of their right hand. They will be asked to rate the pain associated with these stimuli. Participants with fibromyalgia will also be asked to donate a saliva sample for future genetic testing.

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