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|Eligible Ages||18 Years - 70 Years|
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|University of Florida|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|Roland Staud, MD|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||University of Florida|
Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.
|Overall Status||Enrolling by invitation|
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia|
Chronic fatigue (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) are a chronic musculoskeletal pain disorder that predominantly afflicts women. Frequently associated insomnia, cognitive abnormalities, and fatigue may lead to early disability. No consistent soft tissue abnormalities have been identified so far in these patients. The cause of these disorders is unknown, no highly effective treatment is available and the current methods of diagnosis are imprecise and unreliable. The Investigators previously used quantitative sensory testing to improve upon diagnoses of these disorders by supplementing the current procedure of manipulating defined pressure points by hand and noting the presence or absence of pain. The quantitative methods of evaluation involve repetitive application of brief, non-injurious thermal/mechanical stimulation that normally produces a moderate degree of temporal summation of sensation intensity. The patients and normal control subjects will verbally rate the magnitude of late sensations elicited by each stimulus, using a numerical scale. Chronic pain in these patients results, at least partially, from exaggerated activation of central N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors as a result of enhanced input from unmyelinated peripheral afferent nerve fibers supplying deep tissues. Temporal summation of second pain can lead to central sensitization with subsequent signs of hyperalgesia and allodynia. Functional brain imaging of ME/CFS and FM patients, as proposed in this study, will be used to document their ratings of repetitive experimental stimuli and the resulting pain augmentation. Successful completion of this study will provide a new method for the evaluation of chronic pain/fatigue mechanism and their response to therapy.
Active Comparator: Healthy Control
normal volunteers (HC) Undergoing sensory testing, brain and spinal cord neuroimaging and Inventory assessments.
Experimental: Fibromyalgia Only
The diagnosis of FM will require a history of chronic widespread pain as well as the presence of at least eleven out of eighteen paired tender points. Undergoing sensory testing, brain and spinal cord neuroimaging and Inventory assessments.
Experimental: Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Diagnosis of ME/CFS will require a history of chronic fatigue persisting or relapsing for more than 6 months as well as the presence of at least four out of eight designated symptoms. Undergoing sensory testing, brain and spinal cord neuroimaging and Inventory assessments.
Device: - A Peltier for Sensory testing
Subjects will be trained to rate the magnitude of late sensations elicited following brief (700 msec) contact of a preheated thermode with the glabrous (palmar) skin of either hand/foot either numerically or using a visual analogue scale.
Device: - functional magnetic resonance imaging for Brain Neuroimaging
to evaluate baseline changes in regional cerebral blood flow to nociceptive thermal stimuli applied to the extremities of FM patients and healthy volunteers.
Device: - fMRI for Spinal Cord Neuroimaging
The subjects will be positioned supine and immobilized by means of a padded head support. The spinous process of the first thoracic vertebra (T1) will be aligned with the center of surface Neuro - coil. This coil will be employed for both transmission of radio-frequency (RF) pulses and detection of the magnetic resonance (MR) signal. A modified FLASH sequence will be employed to obtain Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD)-sensitive images of the spinal cord.
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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, 32611