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Negative Emotions About Pain Increase Pro-Inflammatory Response
Date:1/29/2009

strophizing volunteers were roughly double that of the 'low catastrophizers.' Cortisol was elevated, but it was not related to catastrophizing.

"In some people, rumination, feelings of helplessness and pessimism can trigger inflammatory response that may increase their pain sensitivity," said Robert Edwards, PhD, department of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School, and lead author of the study. "More work needs to be done, but we hope to use this data to create a way to counsel high catastrophizers before procedures to assist them in coping with the pain in a more adaptive way."

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