Pain Research and Treatment

Fibromyalgia as a Disorder Related to Distress and its Therapeutic Implications


Publishing date
15 Oct 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Apr 2011

1McGill University, Canada

2Vanderbilt Fibromyalgia Clinic, USA

3University of Florida, USA


Fibromyalgia as a Disorder Related to Distress and its Therapeutic Implications

Description

Research in recent years has demonstrated similarities between FM and other functional pain syndromes and emotional disorders such as depression. Distress, that is, persistent stress that is not resolved through coping or adaptation, appears to be a common etiological factor of these different disorders. The aim of this special issue is to bring together evidence from epidemiology, neurobiology, and physiology that the development of FM is related to distress and increased vulnerability to stressors. In addition, pharmacological as well as nonpharmacological treatment options and treatment monitoring based on this theoretical framework will be discussed.

We invite submissions for all topics listed below. Pure review-type articles as well as articles primarily containing original data will equally be considered. Each manuscript will be peer reviewed by at least two experts in the field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The clinical concept of FM: a changing paradigm in the past 20 years
  • Symptoms and their specificity: neurobiology underlying FM symptoms
  • FM as a disorder related to distress: evidence that persistent stressor of early life aversive events can increase vulnerability to FM and effects of distress on brain structure and function and potential link to FM
  • Chronic pain as a stressor: incidence of FM among patients with chronic focal pain; evidence that chronic pain produces persistent stress and alters brain regions implicated in FM
  • Nonpharmacological methods (excluding exercise) of stress reduction and FM therapy
  • Pharmacological methods of stress reduction and FM therapy and transmitter dysfunctions implicated in FM and pharmacological actions on these transmitters within the central stress circuitry
  • Relationship of depression to the neurobiology of stress and FM pain (differences and commonalities) and antidepressant effects on affective processing versus pain sensations
  • Peripheral effects of chronic autonomic dysregulation; stress-induced peripheral vasoconstriction; methods for improving blood supply to deep tissues, excluding exercise
  • Effects of exercise on stress response, peripheral blood flow, and FM pain
  • Effects of sympathetic dysregulation on peripheral receptors for muscle pain and fatigue: review information on deep tissue nociceptors and ergoreceptors, proposing pharmacological means and others for attenuating upregulation of these receptors
  • Methods for monitoring effects of FM therapies and suggestions for investigations of mechanism-based prevention and therapy for FM

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/prt/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 950602
  • - Editorial

Fibromyalgia as a Disorder Related to Distress and its Therapeutic Implications

Petra Schweinhardt | Mary-Ann Fitzcharles | ... | Muhammad B. Yunus
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 486590
  • - Review Article

Fibromyalgia and Depression

Richard H. Gracely | Marta Ceko | M. Catherine Bushnell
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 584573
  • - Review Article

The Prevalence of Fibromyalgia in Other Chronic Pain Conditions

Muhammad B. Yunus
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 184835
  • - Review Article

The Clinical Concept of Fibromyalgia as a Changing Paradigm in the Past 20 Years

Mary-Ann Fitzcharles | Muhammad B. Yunus
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 585419
  • - Review Article

Neurobiology Underlying Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Marta Ceko | M. Catherine Bushnell | Richard H. Gracely
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 140832
  • - Review Article

Early Life Adversity as a Risk Factor for Fibromyalgia in Later Life

Lucie A. Low | Petra Schweinhardt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 653714
  • - Review Article

A Comprehensive Evaluation of Standardized Assessment Tools in the Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and in the Assessment of Fibromyalgia Severity

Chad S. Boomershine
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 951354
  • - Review Article

A Mechanism-Based Approach to Prevention of and Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Charles J. Vierck
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 741746
  • - Review Article

Dysfunctional Neurotransmitter Systems in Fibromyalgia, Their Role in Central Stress Circuitry and Pharmacological Actions on These Systems

Susanne Becker | Petra Schweinhardt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 427869
  • - Review Article

Genetics and Gene Expression Involving Stress and Distress Pathways in Fibromyalgia with and without Comorbid Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Kathleen C. Light | Andrea T. White | ... | Alan R. Light

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