Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12322
Title: Pain sensitivity mediates the relationship between stress and headache intensity in chronic tension-type headache
Contributor(s): Cathcart, Stuart (author); Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid ; Immink, Maarten (author); Della Vedova, Chris (author); Hayball, John (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12322
Open Access Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23248808Open Access Link
Abstract: BACKGROUND: A central model for chronic tension-type headache (CTH) posits that stress contributes to headache, in part, by aggravating existing hyperalgesia in CTH sufferers. The prediction from this model that pain sensitivity mediates the relationship between stress and headache activity has not yet been examined. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pain sensitivity mediates the relationship between stress and prospective headache activity in CTH sufferers. METHOD: Self-reported stress, pain sensitivity and prospective headache activity were measured in 53 CTH sufferers recruited from the general population. Pain sensitivity was modelled as a mediator between stress and headache activity, and tested using a nonparametric bootstrap analysis. RESULTS: Pain sensitivity significantly mediated the relationship between stress and headache intensity. CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study support the central model for CTH, which posits that stress contributes to headache, in part, by aggravating existing hyperalgesia in CTH sufferers. Implications for the mechanisms and treatment of CTH are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Pain Research & Management, 17(6), p. 377-380
Publisher: Pulsus Group Inc
Place of Publication: Canada
ISSN: 1203-6765
1918-1523
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
110799 Immunology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
920401 Behaviour and Health
920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23248808
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