Uncovering Neural Mechanisms of Chronic Pain in Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome - Healthy Controls
Understanding Chronic Lyme Pain - A Healthy Control Brain Imaging Study
Sponsor: Columbia Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center
Enrolling: Male and Female Patients
Clinic Visits: 2
IRB Number: 7756
Contact: Lyme Center: 646-774-7503 / lymecenter@cumc.columbia.edu
Additional Study Information: We are recruiting healthy volunteers to participate in our diagnostic brain imaging study. This new study aims to investigate individuals experiencing persistent pain that was triggered by Lyme Disease. By utilizing brain imaging (functional MRI), we hope to gain a better understanding of why patients have ongoing problems with persistent pain, fatigue, and sensory sensitivity even after antibiotic treatment. We suspect that Lyme disease may change the pattern of an individual's brain activation, making him or her more sensitive to pain than a healthy person. To test this hypothesis, we will compare key neurochemical biomarkers and the functionality of neural pain networks in patients with chronic Lyme Disease symptoms and healthy individuals with no chronic pain. If we can identify hyperactivated brain networks in Lyme patients with chronic pain, then that information can inform the design of new diagnostic testing and treatment options that target symptom reduction.
Alla Landa, PhD
Do You Qualify?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 55 years old? Yes No
Do you have any non-removable metal in your body? (ie. pacemaker, surgical implant, braces, etc.) Yes No
Are you right-handed? Yes No
Do you have have any blue (metallic ink) tattoos? Yes No
Have you been clinically diagnosed with Lyme Disease? Yes No
You may be eligible for this study

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