Monday, November 28, 2016

Neurontin and Lyrica for Fibromyalgia

gabapentin vs pregabalin for Fibromyalgia

In the past, when I first was diagnosed with Fibro, I took many different medications to try and reduce my symptoms of pain and fatigue and numbness and tingling. Neurontin and Lyrica were just 2 of the treatments that my rheumatologist prescribed at different times. I have put them together, in this post, because I now know, that they are both anticonvulsant drugs or anti-seizure drugs.  Neurontin is also called gabapentin and Lyrica is also called pregabalin. 

Neurontin (gabapentin) was made to treat epilepsy but is now used to treat fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. It is used to treat neuropathic pain which I had in the form of the tingling and numbness in my fingers, hands, toes and feet. It is not possible to know whether Neurontin will help you or not before you start taking it. Apparently it helps 4 out of 10 people reduce their pain by half according to a clinical trial run on 5633 people with Fibromyalgia. There are a few side effects and I experienced one of them which was dizziness. 

Now dizziness may seem very slight to some people, as a side effect, but it made life very difficult, especially driving.  I also experienced nausea, even when taking the tablet with food. The good news was that the tingling and numbness did stop initially, which was very exciting after living with it for many years but after 2 weeks it came back again. The suggestion was to increase the dose but this also increased the dizziness and the nausea. By this stage i had gained weight and felt that my fibro fog was more constant.  In the end I chose to stop taking it because the side effects seemed to outweigh the benefits.

Both Neurontin and Lyrica are antiepileptic medications and overall they are quite similar but have a few differences: absorption of Neurontin happens in the small intestines and absorption of Lyrica happens in the small intestine and in the ascending colon as well and is more quickly absorbed.  

Lyrica (pregabalin) is also a drug that targets nerve pain and I remember on the first night I took it having no pain and an extremely good sleep. This was exceptional as I had been in pain every day for years and also having difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep. Little did I know that the daytime drowsiness would not go away and the lack of pain only last 3 days. They were 3 days of bliss though and I remember going around the house saying "the absence of pain is bliss." Sadly the dose had to increase, the drowsiness did not subside and I started to get blurry vision all of which meant Lyrica was no longer my best friend. 

YOU May also be interested in these articles:
Duloxetine in patients with Fibro 

Opoids and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia medications list

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Acupuncture lessens pain intensity in Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia

A study done by Dr Jorge Vas, at the Pain Treatment Unit, Doña Mercedes Primary Health Centre, Sevilla, Spain showed that individualised acupuncture treatment in primary care in patients with fibromyalgia proved effective in terms of pain relief. In the study this was compared with people who had placebo treatments. The good effects of these acupuncture treatments were still felt 1 year later and side effects were mild and infrequent.

Nine weekly sessions of individually tailored acupuncture lessened perceived pain intensity in people with fibromyalgia.. It also improved their ability to function in their day to day life and their quality of life.  Therefore the study concluded that the use of individualised acupuncture in patients with fibromyalgia is definitely recommended.

You may also like these other articles about Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia and Did acupuncture help your fibromyalgia?

Read more at BMJ
This article is linked at Fibro Friday

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sleep problems may predict later pain problems

sleep and chronic pain study
For at least some groups of 'emerging adults,' sleep problems are a predictor of chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time, a recent study suggests.

Sleep problems might be an important risk factor for increased pain, especially in young women.

This new study suggests that sleep problems are significantly associated with chronic pain and specific types of pain problems in  emerging adulthood which apparently is the distinct period between 18 and 25 years of age.  "Our findings indicate the sleep problems are not only a precursor for pain, but actually predict the persistence of chronic pain and an increase in pain levels," say the researchers. In addition, they conclude, "Our findings suggest that sleep problems may be an additional target for treatment and prevention strategies in female emerging adults with chronic pain and musculoskeletal pain."

Read more at ScienceDaily, 31 March 2016. Wolters Kluwer Health. "For young adults, sleep problems predict later pain problems."

Read more about sleep problems and fibromyalgia at the Fibro and Sleep board on Pinterest

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Breakthrough Discoveries in Fibromyalgia Treatment

Innovative Med Concepts (IMC) is a biotech company with upcoming treatments for fibromyalgia and other conditions that are related to the disease.

IMC has designed a new way to suppress chronic tissue-resident herpes virus, which may have a role in triggering fibromyalgia or maintaining it's symptoms.  The new oral medication is IMC-1 - a fixed-dose combination using  doses of famciclovir, an anti-viral, and celecoxib, a COX-2 inhibitor that also possesses unique anti-viral activity. In previous clinical studies a significant decrease in pain was observed for patients on this combination of drugs and an improvement in fatigue levels.

IMC believe that suppressing latent herpes viruses may significantly improve fibromyalgia related symptoms and are beginning Phase III trials with IMC-1 in 2017.

According to Dr. William Pridgen, who ran the previous clinical trial, chronic tissue-resident herpes virus may be an underlying cause of fibromyalgia. Dr. Pridgen is Board Certified in General Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and for nearly two decades has conducted research into the causes of chronic pain, IBS, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and other chronic idiopathic disorders. Before founding IMC, Dr. Pridgen treated thousands of patients with fibromyalgia and chronic gastrointestinal issues, and was determined to gain a better scientific understanding of the sporadic, unpredictable recurrences of his patients' discomforts. His quest for answers served as the catalyst for Dr. Pridgen’s viral theory, leading to his utilization of anti-viral combinations that consistently resulted in positive outcomes for his patients.

Read more at IMC

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fibromyalgia assessment

This questionaire is for people with or without a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and is monitored by a doctor. You tick which symptoms you have and then receive free personalized information to get more tips for dealing with your symptoms.

Answer a few quick questions, and you'll get:

  • Information about fibromyalgia for those who haven't been diagnosed
  • Treatment options that best fit your symptoms
  • Tips to help you cope with your symptoms and improve your life
My personalized info included Medication suggestions and other ideas for improving my quality of life. I did not have to give my email address.
Get your own Fibromyalgia assessment at Web MD

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Traveling when you have a chronic pain illness

My tips for traveling

Since I’ve been traveling more by aeroplane I thought I'd like to share some of my ideas for traveling when you have a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia.  Traveling is an extra stress on the body for most people but especially those with a chronic illness who feel that stress reverberating in their body for days after in a variety of ways.  

traveling with chronic illness

Getting ready for take off

My travel preparations start long before the day of travel and this ensures that I feel more organized and have everything I might need to add comfort to my flight.
The most important thing for me is making sure all my medicines are packed. So I check my prescriptions and purchase any I need before I leave. I also make sure I have enough of those medicines to take every day of the trip and then some extra ones. This is because of the time we were trapped in Fiji after a tsunami and could not fly home. Some of my medications are essential and not having them can put me into hospital in a foreign country which is usually costly, let alone scary due to the language barrier and different standards of health care.

The next most important thing for me is to have an aisle seat so now I overcome my frugal nature and book and pay for an aisle seat in advance. This is an investment in my health and well being and benefits anyone else who is travelling with me because I am a much better tourist, ready to join in and participate when I arrive  at my destination when I sit in the aisle seat. After much flying I have found that this is the best seat for me. I am the person on the flight that gets up and walks a lap of the plane every hour or so. I also like to go to the back of the plane and stand and do some simple exercises during the flight. No one seems to notice much except the other person who is maybe doing the same thing at the same time! All of this movement ensures less cramps, less pain and less stiffness in the following days on arrival at my holiday.
On the 3 days before the flight and during the flight and after I concentrate on hydration. I find flying extremely dehydrating internally and externally and get very dry eyes, dry throat and nose and constipation. I have noticed that all of these were reduced by drinking pure water and after learning about the benefits of good mineral waters I now drink around 10 glasses of water before during and after a flight. I try not to drink coffee, tea or alcohol as they are very dehydrating to me. I only resort to alcohol if I am in extreme pain on a flight that has not been reduced by pain killers. I used to get cramps in the nights after I flew, but now find this greatly reduced.

Vitamins and minerals that generally speaking make a difference to me are magnesium and 1 basic vitamin and mineral tablet a day. Over the years I have tried many supplements and found that they have not given many any great benefits except for these 2 that I try to take regularly. I was found to be deficient in magnesium so take it regularly and this has reduced cramping and some muscle pain. If I neglect to take my basic Vitamin and mineral tablet for a few days I start to get chipped finger nails so I figure if it is helping with that it is helping with other things. 
I also travel with my own small pillow for comfort and extra neck and back support. Although it takes up quite a bit of carry on space it is an essential travel item for me. It allows me to get some sleep and find some vaguely comfortable positions. It is light and squishy. 

I always take eye gel, hand wipes, a small packet of tissues and pain killers on the plane. I also pack medications for hayfever, constipation and diarrhea because it is so much easier having these available when you arrive than having to find them in a pharmacy. 
I have also invested, finally, in new suitcases that are the lightest I could find. Even if you are travelling with others, who will help you with your bags, there will be times that you need to lift or carry your own - even just lifting it out of the taxi or onto the conveyer belt can be stressful on muscles. I have both wheel on luggage for on the plane and in the hull now. The handles are the perfect height for me and easy to pull in and out. On short flights, or flights where I do not take much luggage, I now pay to put the luggage in the hull and walk on board with a very light bag. This is so good for reducing muscle pain and well worth the cost. 
I have at this stage never used the airport wheelchair but now understand that it is an option for anybody who feels they cannot walk up and down the stairs onto the plane.

I hope these tips for flying help you and would love to hear any extra tips you have here in the comments.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Explaining Fibromyalgia to Others

How to explain Fibromyalgia to Others

Explaining a medical condition to others can be difficult - knowing what to say and how to say it is something that needs consideration. Having brain fog can make impromptu explanations even more challenging.

Most people don't have much understanding about Fibromyalgia and many people have misconceptions about it. Deciding whether to discuss your symptoms and how fibro impacts on your life depends on your own personal situation. Usually I feel that talking about it causes more problems than is helpful but I do think you feel very lonely if family and friends do not at least understand you have an illness.

If you tell someone you have fibromyalgia you get a variety of reactions from "what's that?" to "My mother has it!" If the conversation continues I find that they know the name but don't really understand Fibro or what their mother/brother/sister/ experiences. So if they ask questions then I explain...
I usually explain it as like having the flu, with the exhaustion and aching and moving pains, a flu that never goes away. I feel that most people have at some time experienced a flu and been laid low with it for a day or two and therefore they will understand this analogy. If they want to know more then I explain fibro fog as something that affects the memory, a kind of forgetfulness - forgetting words, names, conversations. When you are trying to explain your condition to family and friends be prepared for well meaning or not so well meaning comments, misunderstandings and doubting looks. Many kind people will give you suggestions to improve your condition so please realize they are just trying to come to terms with your struggles and be helpful.

Many people tell me they alter their explanation depending on who they are talking to and describe the condition to something that the person can relate to such as a severe hangover that does not go away, a migraine that is all over the body or jet lag that does not stop.
If you are looking for a short quick explanation to remember and say here are some suggestions to choose from:
"Fibromyalgia is like arthritis in the muscles." 
"Fibromyalgia is a complex, chronic pain condition that affects the brain, nervous system and the muscles." 
" Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder that has three primary components - pain, fatigue and sleep problems." 
"Fibromyalgia is like a migraine all over your body."  
" Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with widespread pain in muscles and ligaments as well as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction." 
"Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder that causes muscle tenderness, pain and fatigue."

If you are looking for a longer, more in depth explanation here are some suggestions:
How do you explain fibromyagia to others?

Fibromyalgia is like a tree

This article shared at Fibro Friday week 66

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Diagnosis of FMS is performed mostly in the primary care setting. However, tender point examination rarely is performed in this setting, and when it is performed, it often is done incorrectly - See more at:
Diagnosis of FMS is performed mostly in the primary care setting. However, tender point examination rarely is performed in this setting, and when it is performed, it often is done incorrectly - See more at:
Diagnosis of FMS is performed mostly in the primary care setting. However, tender point examination rarely is performed in this setting, and when it is performed, it often is done incorrectly - See more at:
Diagnosis of FMS is performed mostly in the primary care setting. However, tender point examination rarely is performed in this setting, and when it is performed, it often is done incorrectly - See more at:
Diagnosis of FMS is performed mostly in the primary care setting. However, tender point examination rarely is performed in this setting, and when it is performed, it often is done incorrectly - See more at:
Diagnosing Fibromyalgia is usually done by a family doctor and according to studies if the tender point test is done it is often done incorrectly. *
Here is a survey you can do and take along to your doctor to help in your diagnosis.
It investigates 19 pain locations and 6 self-reported symptoms: difficulty sleeping, fatigue, poor cognition, headaches, depression, and abdominal pain. It should help a GP get insight into your symptoms and their severity.
Fibro criteria survey

This survey is not meant to substitute for a diagnosis by a medical professional. Patients should not diagnose themselves. Patients should always consult their medical professional for advice and treatment. Fibromyalgia Network | |
*  Fitzcharles MA, Boulos P. Inaccuracy in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome: analysis of referrals. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003;42:263-267. 
   Buskila D, Neumann L, Sibirski D, Shvartzman P. Awareness of diagnostic and clinical features of fibromyalgia among family physicians. Fam Pract. 1997;14:238-241.
Fitzcharles MA, Boulos P. Inaccuracy in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome: analysis of referrals. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003;42:263-267.
4. Buskila D, Neumann L, Sibirski D, Shvartzman P. Awareness of diagnostic and clinical features of fibromyalgia among family physicians. Fam Pract. 1997;14:238-241.
- See more at:
Fitzcharles MA, Boulos P. Inaccuracy in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome: analysis of referrals. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003;42:263-267.
4. Buskila D, Neumann L, Sibirski D, Shvartzman P. Awareness of diagnostic and clinical features of fibromyalgia among family physicians. Fam Pract. 1997;14:238-241.
- See more at:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Behavioral therapy and fibromyalgia

Michael VanElzakker, a Tufts neuroscientist, says "that while behavioral therapies are not curative and may only apply to a subset of patients, they can help moderate symptoms and improve quality of life in some." This is the same man that has proposed a good theory for the cause of Fibromyalgia as explained here by Cort Johnson.

The above statement by Michael VanElzakker explains why some people who have Fibromyalgia do get improvement when trying certain therapies and why some people get no improvement in their symptoms. 

Behavioral therapies include many different techniques and therapies including: 

  • Anxiety Management Training
  • Behavior management 
  • Behavior modification
  • Cognitive Emotional Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy 
  • Self talk Identification
  • Habit reversal training which includes relaxation training.

In some people with fibro these therapies have helped them reduce pain and improve their mood, amongst other things. The treatment programs usually focus on our thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they all influence each other. These therapies are taught by psychotherapists, psychologists and other trained practitioners.

Have you tried any of these therapies?

Find out more about Cognitive behavioural Therapy in this calming and informative video by Jessica S.Campbell a psychotherapist.

See more about VanElzakker theories about Fibro/CFS at Simmaron Research 
Cognitive behavioural therapies for fibromyalgia.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Opoids and Fibromyalgia

Opiates are drugs that are derived from the Opium poppy plant.

There is increased concern of adverse effects of opoids on people with Fibromyalgia“These drugs have never been shown to be effective in fibromyalgia patients, and there is evidence that opioids might even worsen fibromyalgia and other centralized pain states,” Daniel Clauw, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting in May 2015.

Due to the central nervous system origins of fibromyalgia pain, Clauw said treatments with opioids or other narcotic analgesics usually are not effective because they do not reduce the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Opioid drugs include:
  • codeine 
  • fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora)
  • hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
  • meperidine (Demerol)
  • methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
  • morphine (Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, Ora-Morph SR)
  • oxycodone (OxyContin, Oxyfast, Percocet, Roxicodone)
  • oxycodone and naloxone (Targiniq ER)
Many people with Fibromyalgia report adverse effects to treatment with these drugs and many say they cannot take them at all. These drugs seem to temporarily control the pain experienced in fibro and then often significantly complicate other aspects of the syndrome including nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, and irritable bowel symptoms including constipation.  
Other adverse effects such as sedation and mental clouding are also of particular concern in patients with FM because they may also have these problems, ususally called fibro fog, due to the syndrome. Finally, opioid-induced effects on sleep, such as sleep-disordered breathing, may further worsen unrefreshed sleep and fatigue .[2]


 American Pain Society press release
WebMD Opioid (Narcotic) Pain Medications
Ngian GS, Guymer EK, Littlejohn GO. The use of opioids in fibromyalgia. Int J Rheum Dis. 2011;14:6–1
[2] Wang D, Teichtahl H. Opioids, sleep architecture and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep Med Rev. 2007;11:35–46.

This post is linked up at Fibro Friday week 63

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fibromyalgia and diet

As a fibro sufferer, and someone who always looks to what we eat as being important, I thought it was time I talked a bit more about diet and fibromyalgia.

Many people have turned to diet to help reduce their symptoms when other methods do not work. I have discovered that Fibromyalgia Syndrome requires a multi pronged attack and food is just one of those prongs. 
Please keep in mind that what works for one person very frequently does not work for another. This holistic approach may include strategies such as meditation, exercise, massage, acupuncture, pain medications, time in nature, homeopathy and much more. 
So back to diet... Here is the basis of what I have done to help reduce my own symptoms:
  • Remove Aspartame (NutraSweet),  MSG (monosodium glutamate), Yeast and Nitrates from my diet.
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Eat one fruit at a time
  • Eat a more varied diet
  • Eat less foods out of packets
  • Eat less bread
  • Drink lactose free milk and not much of it
I can go into more detail about these points if there is any interest over the next few weeks, otherwise here are some other links about the importance of diet in reducing fibro symptoms.
Certain foods might trigger fibromyalgia symptoms.
WebMD tells you how diet can help you avoid fatigue and boost your energy.
Fibromyalgia, a chronic disease that causes pain and swelling in more than a dozen points all over the body, affects as many as 5 million ...
Eating a healthy diet may ease your symptoms by helping you lose ...

While no magic food will prevent every patient's fibromyalgia flare-ups, 
a few dietary improvements can make a world of difference and may ...
Although there is little clinical research on fibromyalgia and food, many patients say that following a careful diet can help ease aches and discomfort.

Diet and exercise guidelines to help optimize function for fibromyalgia patients.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Men with fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia in men
Fibro EA
"Men [with fibromyalgia] often feel broken, even suicidal," says Gavin Levy, an Austin, Texas-based writer who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia four years ago, at age 33. "We've all been there. It feels like your masculinity has been taken away to a degree. You are a provider and protector, then suddenly that role is reversed."

Recent studies indicate that the prevalence of fibromyalgia is increasing worldwide even though a 2012 study suggested that fibromyalgia is underdiagnosed in general, and even more underdiagnosed in men. The results suggest that patients, particularly men, who meet the fibromyalgia research survey criteria are unlikely to have been given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

Anyone can develop fibromyalgia but it is most common in adults with the highest rate in women. Men do get fibromyalgia and the ratio is reported at 9:1 that is 9 women for every man. Researchers are not clear why women have higher rates of diagnosis but I believe that it could be that men are either not reporting their symptoms or not being diagnosed with fibromyalgia as many people, doctors included, still believe that fibro is universally a syndrome that women get.

fibromyalgia symptoms in men

Do men and women have the same fibromyalgia symptoms?
Men seem to have a different symptoms than women according to a 2012 study
Men with fibro demonstrate a lower pain severity than women but a longer duration of symptoms and disability. Men have a higher pressure pain threshold (PPT) over the 18 tender points and over the second metacarpal and tibialis anterior muscle than women. In men, the intensity of ongoing pain was associated to a more intense painful response over the neck. This study proposes that there may be a different observable type of fibromyalgia in women and men and confirms that women exhibit lower PPT than men.

fibromyalgia in men and resources
Voices of Fibromyalgia
Fibro Guys blog
Fibromyalgia - Peter's journey
Men with Fibromyalgia has a forum
FibroNews by Doc @Fibromen (twitter)

PINTEREST Board Men with Fibromyalgia
Facebook groups:
Men with Fibromyalgia (over 600 members)
Fibro For Men (over 5,000 members)
Fibro Support for Men ( over 1,500 members)

Fibromyalgia Rates May Be Higher Than Thought, Especially in Men: New diagnostic criteria broaden the definition of a complex syndrome.
Examiner Jan 2013: Fibromyalgia in men often goes undiagnosed, Mayo Clinic study finds

Fibromyalgia, diagnosis and prevalence. Are gender differences explainable? Bartels, E., Jacobsen, S., Jesperson, A., et al. (2009).

Prevalence of fibromyalgia: a population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, utilizing the Rochester Epidemiology Project.
Vincent A, Lahr BD, Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, Whipple MO, Oh TH, Barton DL, St Sauver J.
Gender differences in pain severity, disability, depression, and widespread pressure pain sensitivity in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome without comorbid conditions.
Castro-Sánchez AM, Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, López-Rodríguez MM, Lara-Palomo IC, Arendt-Nielsen L, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C

How Fibromyalgia Affects Men Article at WebMD

PubMed: Fibromyalgia in men and women: comparison of the main clinical symptoms


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fibro research in 2014

This is a round-up of all the research into fibromyalgia, that I can find, from 2014. It is very pleasing to see so much research being done on fibro around the world. (It may take me some time to find and add all the studies so please call back if you are interested.)

Nocturnal blood pressure pattern unusual in Fibromyalgia patients
Nocturnal blood pressure is less likely to dip for patients with fibromyalgia when compared to healthy controls, according to research from Gazi University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey.

Specific cytokine lower in fibromyalgia patients
Plasma from female patients with fibromyalgia had lower levels of fractalkine cytokines than healthy control patients, according to results of a recently published study.

Guided imagery relaxation can reduce pain and depression in Fibromyalgia patients
Guided imagery as a nursing intervention can alleviate pain and depression in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Study: Walking more improves fibromyalgia symptoms
Patients with fibromyalgia who gradually increased the number of steps walked daily had improved self-reported physical function, level of impairment and depressive symptoms with no negative impact on pain intensity.

Whole-body vibration may reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia
Whole-body vibration exercise effectively reduced the severity of pain in patients with fibromyalgia, according to study findings.

Cryotherapy treatment used by Fibromyalgia sufferers
A study from Italy reveals that fibromyalgia patients reported positive results after 15 cryotherapy sessions.

Research finds nerve damage in patients with Fibromyalgia
New findings reveal that patients with fibromyalgia may also have a diagnosable small fiber neuropathy.

Fibromyalgia connected to problems with sense of smell

Acupuncture Soothes Fibromyalgia And Helps Sleep
Researchers determined that “acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for individuals with fibromyalgia” in a meta-analysis of eleven studies.

Aspartame connections to fibromyalgia continue to be questioned
A study from the Department of Rheumatology at Dijon University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at Burgundy University in France found aspartame-induced fibromyalgia was causing chronic pain in patients.

Can a vegan diet help fibromyalgia patients?
A study from the United States found that a vegan diet can help some fibromyalgia patients. The participants agreed to follow a raw vegetarian diet that consisted of fruits, vegetables, juices, nuts, seeds and tubers. After two months, they reported a significant reduction in their chronic pain and improved mobility.

Fibromyalgia correlated with decreased brain connectivity
Women with fibromyalgia also reported higher sensitivity to pain, suggesting that decreased brain connectivity can affect pain perception.

Cognitive dysfunction of Fibromyalgia does not impair driving ability

Researchers Find Main Source of Pain in Blood Vessels

Fibromyalgia sufferers have trouble processing sight, sound, touch
A paper published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, Marina Lopez-Sola of the University of Colorado, Boulder, showed that people with fibromyalgia are hypersensitive to everyday sensory stimulation including sight and sound cues as well as touch.

Gastrointestinal problems in Fibromyalgia
Several studies have demonstrated an elevated comorbidity of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) among patients with fibromyalgia.

Celiac symptoms in Fibromyalgia patients
Research shows a subgroup of patients with fibromyalgia could experience subclinical celiac disease or nonceliac gluten intolerance.
Analgesic and anti-hyperalgesic effects of muscle injections with lidocaine or saline in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. These results suggest that muscle injections can reliably reduce clinical FM pain

Melatonin analgesia is associated with improvement of the descending endogenous pain-modulating system in fibromyalgia

Melatonin alone or associated with amitriptyline was better than amitriptyline alone in improving pain

Suffering from Fibromyalgia? Blame Your Herpes Virus (HSV)
A recent study found a link between the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and Fibromyalgia (FM).

Low-level laser therapy to treat Fibromyalgia

Low-level laser therapy was found to provide relief from fibromyalgia symptoms in patients and should be the subject of additional investigation as a therapeutic tool for management in fibromyalgia.

Abnormal epidermal nerve fiber density in Fibromyalgia
Evidence of abnormal epidermal nerve fiber density in fibromyalgia

Marked improvement of pain from long-term Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be effectively treated with an innocuous dose of dextroamphetamine sulphate.

Electrical Brain Stimulation for Fibromyalgia
French study saw improvement in people's mood, quality of life

Cluster system helps categorize Fibromyalgia severity
Researchers have proposed a system of categorizing patients with fibromyalgia into clusters subsets, described in a new study.

Music decreases pain and increases functional mobility in Fibromyalgia
Cognitive and emotional mechanisms seem to be central to music-induced analgesia. Findings encourage the use of music as a treatment adjuvant to reduce chronic pain in FM and increase functional mobility thereby reducing the risk of disability.

Believing and valuing the patient must be central part of Fibromyalgia therapy
Primary qualitative research focusing on reconciling acceptance with moving forward with pain might help us to further understand the experience of pain.

Metal allergy can trigger Fibromyalgia
Metal-induced inflammation triggers fibromyalgia in metal-allergic patients.

Interdisciplinary Fibromyalgia treatment benefits sustained

Centralized pain may warn of poor opioid response
Patients with centralized pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia, may have a poor response to opioids, research suggests.

Circadian rhythm of cortisol in Fibromyalgia
Concludes that there is an abnormality in circadian secretion of cortisol in female FMS patients.
Vitamin D supplements can reduce chronic pain
Vitamin D supplements can improve the symptoms of the debilitating chronic pain disorder Fibromyalgia

Cough suppressant may ease Fibromyalgia pain
Researchers found that the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan, temporarily diminished pain perception in both fibromyalgia patients and healthy adults.
Fibromyalgia patients found to have low melatonin levels
The involvement of melatonin in the clinical status of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Effects of exercise on serotonin in Fibromyalgia

Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.

Central sensitization in Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review on Structural and Functional Brain MRI

Imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants found in Fibromyalgia patients

Reveals an imbalance in FM patients. The lower antioxidant enzyme activities may lead to oxidative stress through the oxidation of DNA and proteins, which may affect the health status of FM patients.
Men with Fibromyalgia experienced greater sleep respiratory disorders than women

Long-term evaluation of opioid treatment in Fibromyalgia
Overall, the findings show little support for the long-term use of opioid medications in patients with FM given the poorer outcomes across multiple assessment domains.

Skin-related symptoms in Fibromyalgia
Patients with fibromyalgia may have skin-related symptoms associated with their fibromyalgia

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fibromyalgia research findings from Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Associate Professor,  Terry H. Oh, M.D., talks about fibromyalgia research findings in the Fibromyalgia Treatment Program, including symptom severity and quality of life, such as obesity, alcohol consumption and age, in patients with fibromyalgia.