Acupuncture and Pain Processing

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 5, 2011
Last Update Posted : May 23, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fibromyalgia Procedure: Acupuncture Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture and Pain Processing
Study Start Date : April 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Acupuncture Procedure: Acupuncture
Treatment given twice per week for 4 weeks

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Change from first to last study treatment session (6 weeks) ]
  2. Change in Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: Change from first to last treatment session (6 weeks) ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01270607

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01270607     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-04132010-5662
First Posted: January 5, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 23, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases