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Fibromyalgia

Results of the study indicated that, among patients with fibromyalgia who were receiving opioid therapy, caffeine consumption had a significant effect on pain, catastrophizing, and physical function.

A Dutch study has shown there are high costs associated with multidisciplinary (MD) intervention and aerobic exercise (AE) for fibromyalgia (FM)
Value-Based Care in Rheumatology asked Younger to discuss the economic implications of finding a treatment for fibromyalgia, the importance of biomarkers, and how microglial modulation could one day reverse the effects of aging.
Fibromyalgia flares are associated with intense pain, flulike aches and exhaustion, and other phenomena such as “brain fog,” as confirmed by the first-ever qualitative analysis of these periods of symptom exacerbation. Furthermore, according to the 44 people who responded to the investigators’ survey, the patients tried many coping techniques, from medications to massage and from meditation to humor.
Tampa, FL—Researchers have detected 2 different subclusters of patients with fibromyalgia, according to results presented at the American Pain Society's 2014 Annual Meeting.
By Rosemary Frei, MSc Winnipeg, Manitoba—There are lessons for rheumatologists and for family physicians in how courts adjudicate cases of fibromyalgia that were alleged to have been caused by or exacerbated by workplace injury, according to a new study presented at the Canadian Pain Society’s 2013 annual meeting and was published simultaneously (Fitzcharles MA, et al. J Rheumatol. 2013;40:323-328).
By Rosemary Frei, MSc Winnipeg, Manitoba—A study on the influence of pain and catastrophizing on quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia has answered some questions and raised others.
By Phoebe Starr The way patients with fibromyalgia experience pain may be a result of abnormal pain signal processing associated with reduced opioid receptor binding, according to a study presented during the 2012 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
First Japanese clinical trial for this condition By Charles Bankhead Patients with fibromyalgia had significant improvement in pain, sleep, and quality-of-life mea­sures when treated with pregabalin (Lyrica) versus placebo, according to the results of the first clinical trial of this condition in Japan (Ohta H, et al. Arthritis Res Ther. 2012;14:R217 [Epub ahead of print]). Significant pain relief occurred within the first week of treatment with pregabalin and persisted over the 15-week duration of the trial. Significantly more patients reported being “very much improved” or “much improved” with pregabalin than with placebo (P = .078).
By Rosemary Frei, MSc An intense program of telephone support does not have a significant effect on the motivation of patients with fibromyalgia to exercise or on their disease symptoms, according to the first randomized study to expressly address exercise in this patient population (Ang DC, et al. Clin J Pain. 2012 Oct 5 [Epub ahead of print]).
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