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Papers: 3 Dec 2022 - 9 Dec 2022


Front Pain Res (Lausanne)


Inter-subject variability of pleasant pain relief using a data-driven approach in healthy volunteers.


Henri C, Marchand S, Giguère C-É, Léonard G, Potvin S
Front Pain Res (Lausanne). 2022; 3:1003237.
PMID: 36478768.


The offset of a painful and unpleasant sensation can elicit pleasure. This phenomenon, namely pleasant pain relief (PPR), is attracting growing interest in research. While the cold pressor test (CPT) has been frequently used to study the inhibition of pain by the administration of another painful stimulation (inhibitory conditioned pain modulation; ICPM), a preliminary study from our research team has shown that CPT can also elicit a robust and long-lasting PPR. However, its effects on pain relief and inhibition vary greatly between subjects. Although substantial research has been carried out on inter-individual variability in the case of ICPM, the same cannot be said of PPR. Therefore, the current study sought to identify clusters of healthy volunteers with similar dynamic pain responses during the CPT, using a data-driven approach, and to investigate the inter-subject variability for PPR and ICPM.