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A Pilot Study of Mind-Body Therapy for Chronic Pain in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

key information

study id #: NCT00001966

condition: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Pain

status: completed

purpose:

This study will assess the effectiveness of mind-body therapy in relieving pain in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This syndrome is a hereditary condition caused by a connective tissue defect and is often associated with chronic pain poorly controlled by medication or physical therapy. Mind-body therapy comprises various complementary or alternative medicine techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, stress management, and group psychotherapy. Adult patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome who have chronic pain may be eligible for this 4 1/2 [Note: if the symbol is unreadable, it is four and one-half] to 5-month study. Patients not already enrolled in NHGRI’s protocol 97-HG-0089 will undergo a history, physical examination, and brief interview before being accepted. Participants will attend 2-hour group sessions of mind-body therapy at NIH each week for at least 10 weeks. They will receive training in meditation, yoga breathing, guided imagery, and stress management in these sessions and will be asked to also practice the treatments at home each day. Patients may continue their regular medications and pain treatment with their private physicians during the course of the study. Participants will fill out a packet of questionnaires about their pain, health, and quality of life at three intervals: when they enroll in the study, at the end of treatment, and 12 weeks after treatment ends. At these same time intervals, patients will come to NIH for a test of their physical ability to walk and climb stairs. Patients will keep a diary and pain symptoms and medications for 1 week before treatment begins and 1 week after it ends, and will fill out questionnaires about pain during the entire study period.

intervention: Drug: Mind-body therapy