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Acupuncture and Pain Processing

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: April 14, 2010
Last updated: May 22, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
April 14, 2010
May 22, 2013
April 2010
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Pain rating to Temporal Summation and Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Control (DNIC) as measured by a visual analogue scale [ Time Frame: Measured at last study acupuncture session (6 weeks post enrollment) ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01270607 on Archive Site
  • Change in Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Change from first to last study treatment session (6 weeks) ]
  • Change in Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: Change from first to last treatment session (6 weeks) ]
Same as current
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Acupuncture and Pain Processing
Acupuncture and Pain Processing
The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that acupuncture will reduce Fibromyalgia pain, via alterations in the processing of pain in the central nervous system.
Patients and healthy controls will be enrolled in the study for a total of 6 weeks. This includes a screening and baseline visit, 8 acupuncture treatments (2 per week for 4 weeks), and a follow-up visit and treatment 1 week after completion of the study treatment sessions. To determine the effects of acupuncture on pain, patients and healthy controls will undergo psychophysical pain testing at four points throughout the study: Baseline (appointment 1), post-treatment 1 (appointment2), post treatment 8 (appointment 9), and at the final follow-up session (1 week from last treatment - appointment 10).Participants will also fill out a brief report on pain, sleep, and functioning on a palm pilot. This is expected to take less than 2 minutes per day and will occur throughout the 6 week study period.
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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Procedure: Acupuncture
Treatment given twice per week for 4 weeks
Experimental: Acupuncture
Intervention: Procedure: Acupuncture
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August 2012
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age 18-50
  2. Fibromyalgia patient OR healthy control
  3. No current opioid use
  4. Patients: must have had Fibromyalgia for 6 months or longer

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Inflammatory disorder (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  2. Current untreated depression
  3. Active infection
  4. Healthy controls: pain disorder or major medical condition that in the discretion of the investigator interfere with the validity of the study
  5. Heart disease or use of a cardiac pacemaker
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
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Sean Mackey, Stanford University
Stanford University
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Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University
Stanford University
May 2013

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