Pain behavior and pain coping strategies in low back pain and myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome patients.

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Journal Article

Pain behavior and pain coping strategies were systematically measured in a group of 32 chronic low back pain (LBP) and 32 myofascial pain dysfunction (MPD) syndrome patients. Both groups reported high levels of psychological distress on the SCL-90R. The LBP patients were significantly less active, took more narcotic and sedative-hypnotic medications, and showed higher levels of motor pain behavior (guarding, rubbing, and bracing) than the MPD patients. The LBP patients used attention diversion, and praying or hoping as pain coping skills to a much greater extent than the MPD patients. The relationship of these findings to prior research is described, and future research needs in this area are identified.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keefe, FJ; Dolan, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 56

PubMed ID

  • 2937006

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2937006

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3959

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States