Graph showing the relationship between pain intensity and stimulus intensity. Allodynia occurs when the stimulus is weaker and hyperalgesia when the stimulus is stronger

High Pain Sensitivity

Many factors like trauma, stress, infections, can increase your pain sensitivity. Patients with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia (FM) have greater sensitivity to pain. This abnormal pain sensitivity can come […]

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Losing Sleep Can Hurt

It is well known that sleep and pain have a very strong relationship. Researchers recently set out to try to find out what mechanisms in your brain cause your pain […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia can Reverse Brain Atrophy in Patients with Fibromyalgia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Dr. Staud collaborated on a research project looking at the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and cognitive behavioral therapy for pain (CBT-P) on patients with fibromyalgia. The […]

Your health depends on more than just your genes

Your Health Depends on More than Just Your Genes

Did you get a genetic test for Christmas? These tests are becoming more and more popular as many people are curious to know how their genes influence their health. It […]

Your immune system may be more involved in your health than you think


The inflammasomes are immune system receptors and sensors that regulate the cells of the immune system. Inside of the brain, this mostly consists of microglial cells that are responsible for […]

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The Human Connectome

A “connectome” is a map of all of the connections between the neurons (nerve cells) in your brain (see image below). There are trillions of these connections and scientists are […]

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Doctor Visits Can Save Lives

Research studies have shown that fibromyalgia patients have an increased risk to die by suicide. Risk factors for suicidal ideation and attempt included self-reported fatigue, dizziness and weakness as well as […]

Caffeine may lower your pain sensitivity

Caffeine may lower your pain sensitivity

Researchers at the University of Alabama recently looked at the relationship between pain sensitivity and caffeine intake. They had 62 adults measure their daily dietary caffeine consumption for a week […]