A clinical trial funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is recruiting adult patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to test two non-pharmacological strategies to manage MS-related chronic pain.
The trial (NCT03782246) will be conducted at the University of Washington, and plans to enroll about 250 participants across the United States who have been diagnosed with MS and also have chronic pain.
Pain is a common symptom experienced by many patients with MS. It can be very debilitating and severely affect patients’ daily lives. Chronic pain also is associated with sleep disruption, depression, and poorer health.
Pharmacological products can be used to ease pain, however, they often don’t offer complete pain relief and can cause unwanted side effects.
Alternative strategies, such as exercising, hydrotherapy, or acupuncture, have been beneficial in easing pain.
In this trial researchers will evaluate the potential of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to reduce MS-associated pain and other symptoms. They also will test if these alternative treatments can be given effectively through videoconference.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy designed to improve self-awareness and reduce inaccurate or negative thinking. Such an approach can allow a person to perceive challenging situations more clearly and to respond to them more easily and effectively.
Previous studies have shown that CBT can reduce pain intensity in people with MS.
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