Pain Sensitivity in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

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Abstract

A reduced pain sensitivity has been found in eating disorder patients, but it is unclear what physiological and psychological factors are associated with this abnormality. The underlying mechanism seems non-opioid. Some authors propose a hypothesis that the decrease of the susceptibility to pain in lean subjects/animals may be induced by the increase in endogenous ghrelin activity, or increase of the susceptibility to pain in obese subject/animals may be induced by the decrease in endogenous ghrelin activity.

Keywords

Eating Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Pain Threshold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FerraraItaly

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