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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache



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J Orofac Pain 30 (2016), No. 2     20. May 2016
J Orofac Pain 30 (2016), No. 2  (20.05.2016)

Page 99-106

Satisfaction with Life in Orofacial Pain Disorders: Associations and Theoretical Implications
Boggero, Ian A. / Rojas-Ramirez, Marcia V. / de Leeuw, Reny / Carlson, Charles R.
Aims: To test if patients with masticatory myofascial pain, local myalgia, centrally mediated myalgia, disc displacement, capsulitis/synovitis, or continuous neuropathic pain differed in self-reported satisfaction with life. The study also tested if satisfaction with life was similarly predicted by measures of physical, emotional, and social functioning across disorders.
Methods: Satisfaction with life, fatigue, affective distress, social support, and pain data were extracted from the medical records of 343 patients seeking treatment for chronic orofacial pain. Patients were grouped by primary diagnosis assigned following their initial appointment. Satisfaction with life was compared between disorders, with and without pain intensity entered as a covariate. Disorder-specific linear regression models using physical, emotional, and social predictors of satisfaction with life were computed.
Results: Patients with centrally mediated myalgia reported significantly lower satisfaction with life than did patients with any of the other five disorders. Inclusion of pain intensity as a covariate weakened but did not eliminate the effect. Satisfaction with life was predicted by measures of physical, emotional, and social functioning, but these associations were not consistent across disorders.
Conclusions: Results suggest that reduced satisfaction with life in patients with centrally mediated myalgia is not due only to pain intensity. There may be other factors that predispose people to both reduced satisfaction with life and centrally mediated myalgia. Furthermore, the results suggest that satisfaction with life is differentially influenced by physical, emotional, and social functioning in different orofacial pain disorders.

Keywords: affective distress, fatigue, orofacial pain, pain intensity, satisfaction with life