Expectations and positive feelings and neuropathic pain

The importance of expectations and positive emotional feelings on treatment efficacy in neuropathic pain.

Few studies have investigated mechanisms of placebo analgesia in neuropathic pain. In this study, an open-hidden design was used to investigate placebo and nocebo effects, in which patients received open and hidden administrations of pain-relieving (lidocaine) or pain-inducing (capsaicin) treatment controlled for the natural history of pain.

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