The researchers evaluated the practice of self-regulating in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Journal: Pain (June 17, 2010 Ahead of print)
Authors: Solberg Nes L, Carlson C, Crofford L, et al.
Purpose: The researchers evaluated the practice of self-regulating in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FM). Since research “indicates that self-regulatory strength is a limited source that can be depleted or fatigued,” the current study is “aimed at demonstrating that patients with FM and temporomandibula(TMD) are vulnerable to self-regulatory fatigue as a consequence of their condition.”
Results: The study included 50 patients and 50 controls. Both groups were “exposed to an experimental self-regulation task followed by a persistence task.” The patients with the conditions “displayed significantly less capacity to persist on the subsequent task compared with controls.” Additionally, “patients exposed to low self-regulatory effort displayed similar low persistence to patients and controls exposed to high self-regulatory effort.” This indicated that patients with chronic pain conditions may suffer from “chronic self-regulatory fatigue.”
Link Code: pm3551
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