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Science AMA Series: We are a team of scientists and therapists from the University of Marburg in Germany researching chronic pain. We are developing a new treatment for Fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. AUA!
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Hi Reddit, We’re a team of scientists at the University of Marburg: Department of Medical Psychology which specializes in Chronic Pain. Our research is focused on making people pain free again. We have developed SET, a treatment that combines a medical device with behavioral therapy. Our research shows that patients are different - heterogeneous - and that chronic pain (pain lasting over three months without a clear medical reason) patients typically have a depreciated autonomic nervous system (ANS). More importantly, the ANS can be trained using a combination of individualized cardiac-gated electro stimulation administered through the finger and operant therapy focused on rewarding good behaviors and eliminating pain behaviors. With the SET training, a large percentage of our patients become pain free. Although most of our research has been focused on Fibromyalgia, it is also applicable to other chronic pain conditions. See more information I’m Prof. Dr. Kati Thieme, a full professor at the University of Marburg in the Medical School, Department of Medicinal Psychology. If you suffer from chronic pain, or would somehow like to get involved and would like to help us out, please fill out this short survey. It only takes a few minutes, and would be a great help! Thanks! Answering your questions today will be: Prof. Dr. Kati Thieme, PhD - Department Head, founding Scientist, Psychotherapist Johanna Berwanger, MA - Psychologist Ulrika Evermann, MA - Psychologist Robert Malinowski, MA - Physicist Dr. jur. Marc Mathys - Scientist Tina Meller, MA - Psychologist We’ll be back at 1 pm EST (10 am PST, 6 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask us anything!