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Somatosensory conflicts in complex regional pain syndrome type 1 and fibromyalgia syndrome

Lewis, Jenny; McCabe, Candy; Cohen, Helen; Hall, Jane; Rodham, Karen; Harris, Nigel


Dr Jenny Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Pain Science and Occupational Therapy

Candy McCabe
Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair

Helen Cohen

Jane Hall

Karen Rodham

Nigel Harris


The somatosensory system is an integral component of the motor control system that facilitates the recognition of location and experience of peripheral stimuli, as well as body part position and differentiation. In chronic pain, this system may be disrupted by alterations in peripheral and cortical processing. Clinical symptoms that accompany such changes can be difficult for patients to describe and health care practitioners to comprehend. Patients with chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome or fibromyalgia typically describe a diverse range of somatosensory changes. This article describes how sensory information processing can become disturbed in fibromyalgia syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome and how symptoms can potentially be explained by the mechanisms that generate them. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Lewis, J., McCabe, C. S., McCabe, C., Cohen, H., Hall, J., Lewis, J. S., …Harris, N. (2009). Somatosensory conflicts in complex regional pain syndrome type 1 and fibromyalgia syndrome. Current Rheumatology Reports, 11(6), 461-465.

Journal Article Type Short Survey
Publication Date Dec 1, 2009
Journal Current Rheumatology Reports
Print ISSN 1523-3774
Electronic ISSN 1534-6307
Publisher Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 6
Pages 461-465
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