Study Finds Drinking May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, But Doctors Wary

July 30, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests.
But U.S. pain specialists say consuming alcohol is the wrong approach to coping with disabling pain.
“It’s an odd way […]

Oxygen Chamber Therapy May Ease Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

June 24, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The majority of women with fibromyalgia who underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy — best known for treating “the bends” in scuba divers — experienced relief from pain and other symptoms, a small study found.
Brain scans of the patients showed that two months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy […]

Lidocaine Injection May Help Treat Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

August 5, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The pain of fibromyalgia might be eased with injections of the painkiller lidocaine, a new study suggests.
People with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their body as well as an increased sensitivity to pain. Doctors often have trouble treating this pain because it’s unclear what causes it, […]

Electrical Brain Stimulation Might Help Fibromyalgia Patients

March 26, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Most Teens With Fibromyalgia Suffer Pain, Fatigue as Adults

February 26, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Restless Sleep Linked to Widespread Pain in Older Adults

February 13, 2014

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Waking up and not feeling rested isn’t just annoying. Researchers say that “non-restorative sleep” is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults.
Widespread pain that affects different parts of the body — the main characteristic of fibromyalgia — affects 15 percent of women […]

Vitamin D Supplements May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain: Study

January 17, 2014

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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. […]

Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

November 5, 2013

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Lyrica May Ease Pain for Depressed Fibromyalgia Patients

October 28, 2013

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) — 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 […]

Fibromyalgia Might Be Harder on Younger Patients, Study Finds

October 26, 2013

SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) — Young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms and poorer quality of life than older patients, a new study reveals.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and memory problems. The disorder, which most often affects women, has no known causes and few […]


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