Pain threshold increased by pain conditioning is not modulated by social stress

Takeaway

  • No association found between conditioned pain threshold and social stress, but evidence of a link between cortisol levels and individual changes in pain threshold in the face of stressors.

Why this matters

  • This empirical evidence could have implications for the understanding of chronic pain in the face of stressors and may stimulate further research on the role of cortisol in conditioned pain.