Objective: Persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP) is a condition in the absence of clear pathology. Pathogenesis is still enigmatic, although comorbidity with mood/affective disorders is observed. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between personality traits, mood and sleep disorders, and PIFP; and to compare them with posttraumatic chronic orofacial pain.
Schlagwörter: anxiety, depression, persistent idiopathic facial pain, personality traits, sleep disorder
Method and materials: A cross-sectional, single-center study was designed to evaluate patients diagnosed with PIFP according to ICOP (International Classification of Orofacial Pain) diagnostic criteria through Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Five Factor Model, and visual analog scale indexes. Data were analyzed and compared with patients suffering from organic pathology – unilateral chronic mandibular fracture pain.
Results: A total of 67 respondents enrolled as the experimental group and 28 participants as a control group. Pain scores were higher in the experimental group (P < .001) and had positive correlation with depression (r = .44, P < .001) and sleep index scores (r = .415, P < .001). Personality trait scores did not differ between the groups. However, neuroticism correlated with depression (r = .466, P < .01) and anxiety (r = .634, P < .01) scores in the experimental group. Depression (P = .002) and anxiety scores (P = .007) were higher in the experimental group, as well as sleep indexes (P = .038). Depression (r = .609, P < .001) and anxiety (r = .655, P < .001) scores had positive correlation with sleep index scores. Sleep scores in the experimental group positively correlated with neuroticism score (r = .442, P < .001). PIFP increases the chance of experiencing depression (OR 10.688; 95% CI 1.355–84.309, P = .006) as well as poor quality of sleep (OR 3.389; 95% CI 1.023–11.228, P = .006).
Conclusions: The results suggest that personality traits (neuroticism), anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders are associated with PIFP.