Recommended Reading

Reading relevant to Pain Medicine practice

This section includes articles of interest; some recent, some dating back some years but still very relevant to today’s practice and knowledge base. They are intended to be useful to read preparation for the exam, but also for continued professional development.

This list of recommended reading will be updated regularly by the Faculty. Previous recommended papers will be archived for future reference.  For copyright reasons, only the reference and the link to the paper are listed.  

Click the headers in each section below to show the relevant papers for this month.

Access to papers

The great majority of papers listed will be open access or available through NHS libraries. Some are publications from peer reviewed Journals, some are articles of interest from other sources. The papers listed intend to reflect the multidisciplinary ethos of Pain Medicine. 

Journal Club

Complimenting this section is the Journal Club section where specific papers are listed with specific questions posed, aimed to generate interest and further reading.  

Recommended Reading October 2021

Exploring the Role of Chronic Pain Clinics: Potential for Opioid Reduction

Amol Patwardhan, , Ryan Matika, , Janalee Gordon, , Brian Singer, , Michelle Salloum, , and Mohab Ibrahim, 

Pain Physician 2018; 21:E 603-E610 • ISSN 2150-1149

Drug addiction: from bench to bedside

Julian Cheron & Alban de Kerchove d’Exaerde 

Translational Psychiatry volume 11, Article number: 424 (2021)

The opioid crisis: Origins, trends, policies, and the roles of pharmacists 

Marie A Chisholm-Burns, Christina A Spivey, Erin Sherwin, James Wheeler, Kenneth Hohmeier, 

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Volume 76, Issue 7, 1 April 2019, Pages 424–435,

Mental health, pain, and risk of drug misuse: A nationwide cohort study

Dana A Glei, Maxine Weinstein

Addictive Behaviors
Volume 109, October 2020, 106467

European Journal of Pain, Volume25, Issue5, May 2021, Pages 949-968

European* clinical practice recommendations on opioids for chronic noncancer pain – Part 1: Role of opioids in the management of chronic noncancer pain

Winfried Häuser, Bart Morlion et al

An Innovative Physical Therapy Intervention for Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Reduction Among People Living with HIV

Sara D. Pullen, Carlos del Rio et al
BioResearch Open AccessVol. 9, No. 1

American Occupational Therapy Association

Recovery With Purpose: Occupational Therapy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Ashley Opp

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Recommended Reading September 2021

A web-based, branching logic questionnaire for the automated classification of migraine

Eric A Kaiser, Aleksandra Igdalova, Geoffrey K Aguirre and Brett Cucchiara
Cephalalgia 2019, Vol. 39(10) 1257–1266


Current concept of the pathophysiology of migraine and new targets for its therapy
Tabeeva G.R. Katsapava Z

Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics 2020;12(4):143–152

The efficacy of botulinum toxin type-A for intractable chronic migraine patients with no pain-free time

Dominic Atraszkiewicz, Rieko Ito, Anish Bahra

The British Journal of Pain First Published May 24, 2021

Effectiveness of mindfulness by smartphone, for patients with chronic migraine and medication overuse during the Covid-19 emergency

Licia Grazzi, Paul Rizzoli & Frank Andrasik 

Neurological Sciences volume 41, pages 461–462 (2020)

Peripheral nerve stimulation registry for intractable migraine headache (RELIEF): a real-life perspective on the utility of occipital nerve stimulation for chronic migraine

Keyoumars Ashkan, Giannis Sokratous, Hartmut Göbel, Vivek Mehta, Astrid Gendolla, Andrew Dowson, Theresa Wodehouse, Axel Heinze & Charly Gaul 

Acta Neurochirurgica, volume 162, pages 3201–3211 (2020)

Neck pain associated with migraine does not necessarily reflect cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction

Zhiqi Liang, Lucy Thomas, Gwendolen Jull, Joanne Minto, Hossein Zareie, Julia Treleaven 

Headache Volume61, Issue6, June 2021, Pages 882-894

United States Patients’ Perspective of Living with Migraine: Country-Specific Results From the Global “My Migraine Voice” Survey

Sarah N. Gibbs, Shweta Shah, Chinmay G. Deshpande, Mark E. Bensink, Michael S. Broder, Paula K. Dumas, Dawn C. Buse, Pamela Vo, Todd J. Schwedt

Headache, Volume 60, Issue7, July/August 2020 Pages 1351-1364

NICE Guidelines

Headaches in over 12s: diagnosis and management

Updated May 2021

Recommended Reading August 2021

L. Bendtsen, J. M. Zakrzewska, J. Abbott, M. Braschinsky, G. Di Stefano, A. Donnet, P. K. Eide, P. R. L. Leal, S. Maarbjerg, A. May, T. Nurmikko, M. Obermann, T. S. Jensen, G. Cruccu: European Academy of Neurology guideline on trigeminal neuralgia

European Journal of Neurology Volume 26, Issue 6 June 2019 Pg 831 - 849 First published: 12 March 2019

Eder Gambeta, Juliana G. Chichorro, Gerald W. Zamponi: Trigeminal neuralgia: An overview from pathophysiology to pharmacological treatments

Molecular Pain January 26, 2020 Vol 16 1-18

Satish V Khadilkar, Varsha A Patil: Medical Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia


REVIEW ARTICLE Year : 2021    Volume : 69  Issue : 7   Page : 199-205

L. N. Melek, M. Devine, T. Renton: The psychosocial impact of orofacial pain in trigeminal neuralgia patients: a systematic review


International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume 47, Issue 7, July 2018, Pages 869-878

Zachary S. Mendelson, Jayant R. Velagala, Gurkirat Kohli, Gary M. Heir, Antonios Mammis James, K.Liu
: Pain-Free Outcomes and Durability of Surgical Intervention for Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Comparison of Gamma Knife and Microvascular Decompression


World Neurosurgery
Volume 112, April 2018, Pages e732-e746


Zamani S, Okhovatian F: Physiotherapy management in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia – a case report


Journal of Physiotherapy Clinical Research 2018, 3(1), 42 -27

Carolina Venda Nova, Joanna M. Zakrzewska, Sarah R. Baker, Richeal NiRiordain: Treatment Outcomes in Trigeminal Neuralgia–A Systematic Review of Domains, Dimensions and Measures

World Neurosurgery: Volume 6, April 2020, 100070

Hughes J, de Gray L: Ethical challenges faced when there is a mismatch between guidelines, patient autonomy and clinical practice

British Journal of Hospital Medicine Vol. 82, No. 6 Editorial July 2021


Recommended Reading July 2021

Anthony L. Komaroff and Lucinda Bateman: Will COVID-19 Lead to Myalgic  Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Frontiers in Pain medicine, 18 January 2021

Jose G. Montoya, Tyson H. Holmes, Jill N. Anderson, Holden T. Maecker, Yael Rosenberg-Hasson, Ian J. Valencia, Lily Chu, Jarred W. Younger, Cristina M. Tato, and Mark M. Davis: Cytokine signature associated with disease severity in chronic fatigue syndrome patients

Research article, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science United States of America

L. D. Crosby, S. Kalanidhi, A. Bonilla, A. Subramanian, J. S. Ballon & H. Bonilla: Off label use of Aripiprazole shows promise as a treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): a retrospective study of 101 patients treated with a low dose of Aripiprazole

Journal of Translational Medicine volume 19, Article number: 50 (2021)

Carolyn E. Wilshire, Tom Kindlon, Robert Courtney, Alem Matthees, David Tuller, Keith Geraghty & Bruce Levin: Rethinking the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome—a reanalysis and evaluation of findings from a recent major trial of graded exercise and CBT

BMC Psychology volume 6, Article number: 6 (2018)

Do-Young Kim, Jin-Seok Lee, Samuel-Young Park, Soo-Jin Kim & Chang-Gue Son: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)

Journal of Translational Medicine volume 18, Article number: 7 (2020)

Lillebeth LarunKjetil G BrurbergJan Odgaard-Jensen Jonathan R Price: Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome

Cochrane database of systematic reviews: October 2019

Panagiotis V. Tsaklis: How would a post-virus chronic fatigue syndrome affect the performance of workers that fell ill from COVID-19?

IETI Transactions on Ergonomics and Safety 2020, Volume 4, Issue 1, 9-13

Amberly Brigden, Alison Shaw & Esther Crawley: “It’s a medical condition … you need to support as much as possible”: a qualitative analysis of teachers’ experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)

BMC Paediatrics volume 21, Article number: 6 (2021)

Recommended Reading June 2021

Aziza Alenezi, Asma Yahyouche & Vibhu Paudyal:  Current status of opioid epidemic in the United Kingdom and strategies for treatment optimisation in chronic pain 

International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy volume 43, pages 318–322 (2021) 

Zoë Dworsky-Fried, Bradley J.Kerra, Anna M.W.Taylor: Microbes, microglia, and pain 

Neurobiology of Pain, Volume 7, January–July 2020, 100045 

Wainberg M, Jacobs, GR, di Forti M, Tripathy SJ:  Cannabis, schizophrenia genetic risk, and psychotic experiences: a cross-sectional study of 109,308 participants from the UK Biobank 

Translational Psychiatry volume 11, Article number: 211 (2021) • Published: 09 April 2021 

Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D., and Hilary Connery, M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatry and the Opioid Overdose Crisis Focus Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2019 

Martin John Wilby, Ashley Best, Eifiona Wood, Girvan Burnside, Emma Bedson, Hannah Short, Dianne Wheatley, Daniel Hill-McManus, Manohar Sharma, Simon Clark, Ganesan Baranidharan, Cathy Price, Richard Mannion, Peter J Hutchinson, Dyfrig A Hughes, Anthony Marson, Paula R Williamson: Surgical microdiscectomy versus transforaminal epidural steroid injection in patients with sciatica secondary to herniated lumbar disc (NERVES): a phase 3, multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation.  

Lancet Rheumatology 2021 Published Online March 18, 2021 

Arlette Albisser, Yann Le Clec’h, Haiko Sprott First Neck pain and migraine: Association or cause? A narrative review of the literature Clinical and Translational Neuroscience 

April 4, 2019 

Hill W: The role of occupational therapy in pain management, Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2016, Pages 451-453 

Recommended Reading May 2021

Ani Nalbandian, Kartik Sehgal, Elaine Y. Wan: Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome. Nature Medicine (2021)

Beukenhorst, Anna L. Schultz, David M. McBeth, John. Sergeant, Jamie C. Dixon, William G: Are weather conditions associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain? Review of results and methodologies. PAIN: April 2020 - Volume 161 - Issue 4 - p 668-683 

Giovanni E Ferreira, Andrew J McLachlan, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Joshua R Zadro, Christina Abdel-Shaheed, Mary O’Keefe, Chris G Maher: Efficacy and safety of antidepressants for the treatment of back pain and osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2021 Jan; 372 

Nina Bendelin, Pär Björkdahl , Mimmi Risell, Karin Zetterqvist Nelson, Björn Gerdle, Gerhard Andersson and Monica Buhrman: Patients’ experiences of internet-based Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: a qualitative study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2020) 21:212 

Simon Thomson  Frank Huygen  Simon Prangnell  José De Andrés  Ganesan Baranidharan  Hayat Belaïd  Neil Berry  Bart Billet  Jan Cooil  Giuliano De Carolis  Laura Demartini  Sam Eldabe  Kliment Gatzinsky  Jan W. Kallewaard  Kaare Meier  Mery Paroli  Angela Stark  Matthias Winkelmüller  Herman Stoevelaar: Appropriate referral and selection of patients with chronic pain for spinal cord stimulation: European consensus recommendations and e‐health tool.

European Journal of Pain: Volume24, Issue 6, July 2020, Pages 1169-1181 

A. Leung-Wright: Physiotherapy for chronic pelvic pain: a review of the latest evidence. Journal of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy, Autumn 2020, 127, 26–38 

Émilie Lagueux, Andréa Dépelteau and Julie Masse: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution to Chronic Pain Management: A Scoping Review. Pain Research and Management Volume 2018 |Article ID 5378451 | 

Karen D. Davis, Herta Flor, Henry T. Greely, Gian Domenico Iannetti, Sean Mackey, Markus Ploner, Amanda Pustilnik, Irene Tracey, Rolf-Detlef Treede and Tor D. Wager: Brain imaging tests for chronic pain: medical, legal and ethical issues and recommendations. October 2017, Volume 13, 624 -638 

Recommended Reading April 2021

C. Small, H. Laycock:  Acute postoperative pain management BJS Volume107, Issue2  Special Issue: Advances in perioperative care  January 2020 

Tonia L. Vincent: Peripheral pain mechanisms in osteoarthritis Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S138–S146. 

Friso de Vries, Mees Bruin, Daniel J Lobatto, Olaf M Dekkers, Jan W Schoones, Wouter R van Furth, Alberto M Pereira, Niki Karavitaki, Nienke R Biermasz, Amir H Zamanipoor Najafabadi: Opioids and Their Endocrine Effects: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 105, Issue 4, April 2020, Pages 1020–1029 

Christopher Eccleston, Fiona M. Blyth, Blake F. Dear, Emma A. Fisher, Francis J. Keefe, Mary E. Lynch, Tonya M. Palermo, M. Carrington Reid, and Amanda C de C Williams:  Managing patients with chronic pain during the COVID-19 outbreak: considerations for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (eHealth) pain management services. Pain. 2020 May; 161(5): 889–893. 

Elbert A. Joostena and Glenn Frankena: Spinal cord stimulation in chronic neuropathic pain: mechanisms of action, new locations, new paradigms Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S104–S113. 

Anne Mette Schmidt, Trine Bay Laurberg, Line Thorndal Moll, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Thomas Maribo: The effect of an integrated multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic low back pain: Long-term follow up of a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, October 2020 

Jennifer Pearson, Katie Whale, Nicola E Walsh, Sandi Derham,  Julie Russell,  Fiona Cramp: 

Fibromyalgia Self‐Management: Mapping the behaviour change techniques used in a practice‐based programme    Musculoskeletal Care Volume18, Issue3, September 2020,  Pages 372-382 

L McLean House, II, MD, Kayla N Tabari, RN, Travis N Rieder, PhD, Zachary L McCormick, MD  Pain in the Pandemic: Ethical Approaches During COVID-19  

Pain Medicine, Volume 21, Issue 11, November 2020, Pages 2629–2633 

Recommended Reading March 2021

Clauw D, Hauser W, Cohen S, Fitzcharles MA: Considering the potential for an increase in chronic pain after the COVID-19 pandemic Pain. 2020 Aug; 161(8): 1694–1697. 

Gary R: William D. Willis, Jr, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture: The evolutionary history of nerve growth factor and nociception.  Published online 2020 Aug 19. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001889; Pain. 2020 Sep; 161(1): S36–S47. 

Blanco FJ, Guermazi A, Miki K, Yamabe T, Viktrup L, Junor R, Carey W, Brown M, West C, Verburg KSubcutaneous tanezumab for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: efficacy and safety results from a 24-week randomised phase III study with a 24-week follow-up period. Ann Rheum Dis 2020;79:800–810. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2019-216296 

Shapiro, F: The Role of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Medicine: Addressing the Psychological and Physical Symptoms Stemming from Adverse Life Experiences Perm J. 2014 Winter; 18(1): 71–77. 

Manchikanti L, Kosanovic R, Vanaparthy R, Vangala B, Soin A, Sachdeva H, Shah S, Knezevic N, Hirsch J. Steroid Distancing in Interventional Pain Management During COVID-19 and Beyond: Safe, Effective and Practical Approach  Pain Physician 2020; 23:S319-S350 • ISSN 2150-1149 

Trujillo M, Alvarez A, Nguyen L, Petros J  Embodiment in Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Series  J Pain Res. 2020; 13: 3131–3137. Published online 2020 Nov 25. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S275312 

Nicholson C, Edwards M, Carson A, Gardiner P, Golder D, Hayword K, Humblestone S,  Jinadu H, Lumsden C, MacLean J, Main L, Macgregor L, Nielsen G, Oakley L, Price J, Ranford J, Ranu J, Sum E, Stone J - Occupational therapy consensus recommendations for functional neurological disorder J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2020;91:1037–1045. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2019-322281 

Chan S, Tulloch E, Cooper S, Smith A, Wojcik W, Norman J: Montgomery and informed consent: where are we now?  BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 12 May 2017)