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Electrical Brain Stimulation Might Help Fibromyalgia Patients

Posted 26 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 – By using magnetic brain stimulation on patients with fibromyalgia, French researchers say they were able to improve some of the patients' symptoms. Specifically, the technique, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, raised quality of life and emotional and social well-being among patients suffering from the condition, the researchers found in a small study. "This improvement is associated with an increase in brain metabolism, which argues for a physical cause for this disorder and for the possibility of changes in areas of the brain to improve the symptoms," said lead researcher Dr. Eric Guedj, of Aix-Marseille University and the National Center for Scientific Research, in Marseille. "Previous studies in patients with fibromyalgia have suggested an alteration of brain areas is involved in the regulation of pain and emotion," he said. The objective of this ... Read more

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Most Teens With Fibromyalgia Suffer Pain, Fatigue as Adults

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 – Four out of five teens suffering from juvenile fibromyalgia will continue to have pain and other symptoms in adulthood, a new study finds. About half of these children will end up as grown-ups with full-blown adult fibromyalgia, the researchers found. "Half of the former teens we studied met the full criteria for adult fibromyalgia, and another 35 percent of them continued to have symptoms of fatigue, pain and sleep difficulty, but did not meet all the criteria for fibromyalgia syndrome," said study author Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, research director in behavioral medicine and clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The study, published in the March print issue of Pediatrics, stemmed from research into juvenile fibromyalgia, Kashikar-Zuck said. Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with the ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 – People suffering from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might benefit from taking vitamin D supplements if they suffer from low levels of the vitamin, a new study from Austria suggests. There's no cure for fibromyalgia, which can lead to pain, fatigue and several other symptoms, the researchers said. The exact cause of the illness remains unclear. In the study, researchers led by Dr. Florian Wepner, of Orthopedic Hospital Vienna Speising, sought to discover whether there is a link between a patient's vitamin D levels and the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Vitamin D often is called the "sunshine vitamin" because it is manufactured by the body through sunlight's activity on the skin. Wepner's team launched a randomized, controlled trial in 30 women with fibromyalgia who also had low levels of vitamin D. Some of the women took supplements for 25 weeks and then were ... Read more

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Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

Posted 5 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 5 – Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are not as able to prepare for pain as healthy people, and they are less likely to respond to the promise of pain relief. This altered brain processing could explain why people with the mysterious chronic ailment feel pain more intensely and don't respond as well to narcotic painkillers, the researchers said. Their findings are published in the Nov. 5 issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. People without fibromyalgia can mentally alleviate some types of pain that people experience, explained Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. "For people with fibromyalgia, that capability seems to be dampened if not eliminated," Webster said. "They may not be able to respond the same way to medications or our intrinsic [natural] mechanisms for dealing with pain." No one knows what causes ... Read more

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Lyrica May Ease Pain for Depressed Fibromyalgia Patients

Posted 28 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 28 – Fibromyalgia and depression often go hand in hand, and a new study finds that the drug Lyrica helps ease pain in patients being treated for both conditions. Lyrica (pregabalin) is approved in the United States to treat fibromyalgia and nerve pain from diabetes and herpes, but little was known about its safety and effectiveness when also taken with antidepressants, the researchers explained. "For those people with fibromyalgia who also have depression, which is very common, and who take an antidepressant but still have pain, taking [Lyrica] can reduce the severity of the pain while they continue on their antidepressant," said study author Dr. Lesley Arnold, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. "And it appears to be safe and tolerable for most people," Arnold added. Arnold is scheduled to present the ... Read more

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Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

Posted 10 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 10 – An implanted device that zaps the nerves at the nape of the neck – shown effective in treating some people with migraines – may also help ease the ache of fibromyalgia, an ailment that causes widespread body pain and tenderness. A Belgian scientist treated small numbers of fibromyalgia patients with "occipital nerve stimulation," which rouses the occipital nerves just beneath the skin at the back of the neck using an implanted device. Dr. Mark Plazier found that pain scores dropped for 20 of 25 patients using this device over six months and their quality of life improved significantly. "There are only a few treatment options [for fibromyalgia] right now and the response to treatment is far from 100 percent, which implies there are a lot of patients still looking for help to get a better life. This treatment might be an excellent option for them," said Plazier, a ... Read more

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Weather Doesn't Trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 4 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 4 – Although some people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to changes in temperature, sunshine and precipitation, new research shows that weather conditions do not affect the pain or fatigue associated with this chronic condition. "Our analyses provide more evidence against, than in support of, the daily influence of weather on fibromyalgia pain and fatigue," said study first author Ercolie Bossema from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The study, published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, involved nearly 350 women with fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome that causes unexplained pain, fatigue, headaches and sleep disturbances. The women were 47 years old, on average, and had been diagnosed almost two years earlier. They were asked about symptoms of pain and fatigue over the course of 28 days, during which time the researchers also recorded weather conditions, ... Read more

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Exercise May Ease Pain of Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Posted 10 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 10 – Exercise won't exacerbate the pain associated with fibromyalgia, and it may actually improve it, a new study suggests. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., found that engaging in light to moderate physical activity over time could ease symptoms of the condition. "For many people with fibromyalgia, they will exercise for a week or two and then start hurting and think that exercise is aggravating their pain, so they stop exercising," study senior author Dr. Dennis Ang, associate professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest, said in a Wake Forest news release. "We hope that our findings will help reduce patients' fears and reassure them that sustained exercise will improve their overall health and reduce their symptoms without worsening their pain," Ang added. In conducting the study, which was published online May 2 in the journal ... Read more

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Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Often Missed in Men: Study

Posted 27 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 27 – Many people with fibromyalgia, especially men, go undiagnosed, according to a new study. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes symptoms such as pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and memory problems. Many of these symptoms can overlap or be mistaken for other conditions, the Mayo Clinic researchers noted. They examined data from people in Olmsted County, Minn., and estimated that 6.4 percent of people aged 21 and older had fibromyalgia but only 1.1 percent of them had been diagnosed with the condition. The researchers also found that 20 times more men had fibromyalgia symptoms than had been diagnosed, while three times more women had fibromyalgia symptoms than had been diagnosed. The study was published online Nov. 30 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. More research is needed to determine why many people with fibromyalgia, particularly men, go ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

-- If you've gone to the doctor complaining of widespread aches and pains without an obvious cause, it's possible you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The womenshealth.gov website provides these suggestions to help manage this often-misunderstood disorder: Get plenty of quality sleep each night. Be physically active. Perform gentle exercises, if possible. Make adjustments at the office, such as cutting back on hours to adjusting the type of work you do. Eat a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. Read more

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Health Tip: Living With Fibromyalgia

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Fibromyalgia is a little-understood disorder that causes pain and other symptoms throughout the body. The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions for better living with fibromyalgia: Get plenty of sleep. Exercise as much as you can. Try to be physically active as much as possible if fibromyalgia pain prevents you from exercising. Make adjustments at work to help you better manage fibromyalgia. Examples could include reducing your hours or switching to a less demanding job. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about ways to control pain. Seek emotional support from friends and family members. Read more

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Fatigue Not a Factor in Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Says

Posted 26 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26 – Poor sleep is not a significant predictor of pain intensity and duration in patients with fibromyalgia, a new study says. Fibromyalgia patients often have difficulty sleeping, and University of Florida researchers wanted to determine whether lack of sleep is associated with higher levels of pain in these patients. The study included 74 adults with fibromyalgia who were followed for 14 days. The patients kept sleep diaries describing each night's sleep, and rated their pain every evening. The results showed that the four measures of sleep used in the study failed to predict pain levels. The effects of impaired sleep, such as fatigue and inactivity, may play more important roles in fibromyalgia patients' pain levels than sleep duration or insomnia, the researchers said. The study appears in the current issue of The Journal of Pain. Previous research has shown that ... Read more

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Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Posted 8 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8 – Obese people are not only at greater risk for fibromyalgia, they are likely to experience more severe symptoms of the condition, such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and mood disorders, according to a new study. The findings suggest that weight-loss strategies should accompany treatment plans for overweight patients with fibromyalgia, a syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain that mainly affects women and has no known cure, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic. "We see an association between body mass index with symptom severity and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia," study author Dr. Terry Oh, of Mayo Clinic's department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, said in a news release from the clinic. "This was the first study to look at distinct groups of obese patients and determine how weight correlates with ... Read more

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Spouse's Reaction May Affect Pain Management

Posted 16 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16 – Chronic pain can hinder communication between spouses, which, in turn, can impair the affected partner's ability to cope with the pain, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that validation of a spouse's emotions (showing respect and acceptance) promotes emotional control, trust and closeness, while invalidation of emotions (showing hostility or no interest) increases emotional distance and is associated with poor adjustment within the marriage and depression. This new study included 78 U.S. adults with chronic pain and their spouses. Women accounted for 58 percent of the spouses with pain. Low back pain was the most common type of major pain and the leading diagnoses were osteoarthritis, disc problems and fibromyalgia. The participants were interviewed for three hours, with the final 15 minutes focused on a difficult topic, such as family finances. ... Read more

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Poor Sleep May Lead to Fibromyalgia in Women

Posted 14 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14 – Sleep problems are associated with an increased risk of fibromyalgia in women, especially those who are middle-aged and older, a new study says. Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal pain condition that affects more than 5 million adults in the United States. Women account for up to 90 percent of people with fibromyalgia, which typically begins in middle age. Previous research has found that insomnia, nighttime awakening and fatigue are common symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia patients, but it wasn't known if sleep problems contribute to the development of fibromyalgia. Norwegian researchers enrolled 12,350 healthy women, 20 years and older, with no musculoskeletal pain or movement disorders and followed them for 10 years. At the end of that time, 327 (2.6 percent) of the women had developed fibromyalgia. The study found that the adjusted relative risk of ... Read more

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