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Meryl Alappattu - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Meryl Alappattu

Research Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Meryl Alappattu's research interests include chronic pain, pelvic pain, rehabilitation and women's health.


Meryl Alppattu works in the department of physical therapy. Her research areas of interest include chronic pain, pelvic pain, rehabilitation and women's health.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Chronic Pain

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic Pain

Physical Therapy


Women's Health

Media Appearances (1)

Painful sex and mental health have a surprising relationship

Mashable  online


No one ever told me painful sex was a problem. While consistently experiencing vaginal pain with practically every new partner that'd leave me sore for days — before usually going away over time if we did it more often — I never said anything.

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Articles (4)

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Sexual Dysfunction Among Females and Males Receiving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

Frontiers in Pain Research

Geetika Reichmann, et. al


Chronic pain brings complexity to opioid use disorder (OUD). Psychosocial and neurobiological risks for Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP) and OUD overlap. The primary objective of this exploratory study is to compare sex-specific prevalence of CPP and sexual dysfunction between individuals receiving buprenorphine for OUD and a comparison group receiving treatment for other chronic medical conditions (CMC).

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Potential for elimination of folate and vitamin B12 deficiency in India using vitamin-fortified tea: a preliminary study.

BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health

Ravindra M. Vora, et. al


The majority of Indian women have a poor dietary folate and vitamin B12 intake resulting in their chronically low vitamin status, which contributes to anaemia and the high incidence of folate-responsive neural-tube defects (NTDs) in India. Although many countries have successfully deployed centrally-processed folate-fortified flour for prevention of NTDs, inherent logistical problems preclude widespread implementation of this strategy in India.

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Predictors of Mucosal and Muscle Pain in Vulvodynia: A Cross-Sectional Analysis From the National Vulvodynia Registry.

The Journal of Pain

Lydia Lo, et. al


Diagnostic criteria for provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) rely on mucosal pain in the vulvar vestibule, with less emphasis on pain from pelvic floor muscles. It is unknown how psychosocial variables associated with PVD are differentially associated with mucosal versus muscle pain. Analysis of data from the National Vulvodynia Registry (n = 202) revealed several factors associated with increased mucosal pain: pain duration (P = .043), the McGill sensory subscore (P = .0086) and the Gracely pain scale (P< .001).

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Regional increases in brain signal variability are associated with pain intensity reductions following repeated eccentric exercise bouts.

European Journal of Pain

Jeff Boissoneault, et. al


Traditional pain interventions limit fluctuations in pain sensation, which may paradoxically impair endogenous pain modulatory systems (EPMS). However, controlled exposures to clinically relevant pain (e.g. delayed onset muscle soreness [DOMS]) may build capacity in the EPMS. Emerging evidence suggests that regional signal variability (RSV) may be an important indicator of efficiency and modulatory capacity within brain regions.

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