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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  1. Patricia P.4:59 PM

    Great article thanks so much. I did not realize there was so much research on Fibromyalgia in 2014.

    1. Yes, sometimes we think nothing is being done for fibromyalgia but I was so impressed at how many studies were done in 2014 alone.

  2. wow you really have been doing your research!! lots of helpful info there!! thanks for sharing with #readwithme x


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