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Research Areas:Acupuncture and alternative medicine Opioid use in pain managementOipiod induced hyperalgesia (OIH)Description of Research:My current acupuncture study has 4 specific aims; (1) use quantitative testing (QST) as an assessment tool for the effectiveness of acupuncture on clinical pain; (2) compare changes in QST responses and biomarkers following acupuncture therapy; (3) compare effect of acupuncture and pain medication on clinical pain; and (4) using QST explore the outcomes of acupuncture between acupuncture "believers" and "non-believers".
QST: Compare pain threshold and pain tolerance as measured by QST in opioid naive subjects, in chronic pain patients not using opioids, and in chronic pain patients using opioids.
Ketamine: Compare pain threshold, tolerance and wind up, using QST before and after a single dose of ketamine to chronic pain patients with and without opioid therapy.
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