AAPM Member and MedPage Today Pain Points blog contributor Heath McAnally, MD, discusses how pain clinicians can help their patients combat common contributors to chronic pain, such as poor sleep, exercise deprivation, and unhealthy stress management behaviors.
Abstract: Exposure to stress is associated with poor outcomes in people with chronic pain. Dispositional variables, such as pain catastrophizing and distress intolerance, may impact reactivity to stressors. Importantly, these variables can be modified with treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate whether pain catastrophizing and distress intolerance were associated with tolerance of a pain stressor or a psychosocial stressor, and heightened negative affect following these stressors.