Fibromyalgia News Archive

Presence of Fibromyalgia May Worsen Migraine Disability, Depressive Symptoms

Presence of Fibromyalgia May Worsen Migraine Disability, Depressive Symptoms

Patients with comorbid fibromyalgia and migraine vs migraine alone may experience more depressive symptoms, greater headache intensity, and be more likely to have severe headache-related disability.

Endocannabinoids May Be Elevated in Women With Fibromyalgia

Endocannabinoids May Be Elevated in Women With Fibromyalgia

Women with fibromyalgia were found to have elevated levels of endocannabinoidome lipid mediators.

Mirtazapine for Fibromyalgia: An Effective Treatment Option?

Mirtazapine for Fibromyalgia: An Effective Treatment Option?

Mirtazapine is a central alpha-2 antagonist currently FDA-approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

Catastrophizing, Fibromyalgia, and the Cognitive Modulation of Pain

Catastrophizing, Fibromyalgia, and the Cognitive Modulation of Pain

Pain catastrophizing may be associated with a reduced ability to effectively distract the mind from pain in patients with fibromyalgia.

Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise in Fibromyalgia

Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise in Fibromyalgia

Tai chi treatment results in similar or greater improvement in symptoms than aerobic exercise for a variety of outcomes for patients with fibromyalgia.

Comorbid Fibromyalgia and Axial Spondyloarthritis: Response to TNF Blocker Therapy

Comorbid Fibromyalgia and Axial Spondyloarthritis: Response to TNF Blocker Therapy

Researchers sought to confirm whether concomitant fibromyalgia has a negative effect on TNF blocker response.

RNA Blood Test Available to Identify Fibromyalgia

RNA Blood Test Available to Identify Fibromyalgia

IQuity has released a blood test called IsolateFibromyalgia, which uses RNA data to identify fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Pain, Fatigue May Be Improved With Acupuncture

Fibromyalgia Pain, Fatigue May Be Improved With Acupuncture

A group acupuncture program may be beneficial for women with fibromyalgia.

Insufficient Evidence for Cranial Electrical Stimulation in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Conditions

Insufficient Evidence for Cranial Electrical Stimulation in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Conditions

No statistically significant benefit was reported in pain or anxiety outcomes among those with fibromyalgia or anxiety, respectively.

Screening for ADHD Should Be Performed in Patients With Fibromyalgia

Screening for ADHD Should Be Performed in Patients With Fibromyalgia

ADHD in adults typically co-occurs with fibromyalgia syndrome, and may negatively affect FMS-related morbidity.

Optimal Fibromyalgia Management Includes Individualized, Multimodal Therapy

Optimal Fibromyalgia Management Includes Individualized, Multimodal Therapy

Fibromyalgia has remained a clinically nebulous entity, and one that is very difficult to manage effectively.

Cold Application on Trapezius Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain

Cold Application on Trapezius Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain

A 10-minute cold application on the trapezius muscle was tied to a significant decrease in pain score.

Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation Reduces Pain, Depression in Fibromyalgia

Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation Reduces Pain, Depression in Fibromyalgia

Transcranial random noise stimulation improved both physical and cognitive symptoms in fibromyalgia.

Efficacy of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

Efficacy of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

This research is especially important given that patients with fibromyalgia have difficulty attending treatment sessions in person.

Addressing Cardiovascular Disease Risks May Prevent Shoulder Tendinitis

Addressing Cardiovascular Disease Risks May Prevent Shoulder Tendinitis

Study examines relationship between cardiovascular disease risk factors, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and glenohumeral joint pain.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Improve With CoQ10 Supplementation

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Improve With CoQ10 Supplementation

Clinically significant improvement in several fibromyalgia symptoms highlighted by researcher from Spain.

High Prevalence of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in FM

High Prevalence of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in FM

A high prevalence of anti-TSH receptor antibodies were found in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Sustained Benefits of Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for FM

Sustained Benefits of Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for FM

"Exercise-based motivational interviewing was associated with sustained clinical benefits 6 months after completion of therapy, but only for those who were not taking opioids."

Biopsychosocial Paradigm Proposed for FM, Abuse, Pain Interaction

Biopsychosocial Paradigm Proposed for FM, Abuse, Pain Interaction

New research suggests approaching the association between traumatic experiences and pain in a biopsychosocial paradigm, wherein affective distress and fibromyalgia features interact.

Novel Sublingual Cyclobenzaprine Formulation Improves FM Pain

Novel Sublingual Cyclobenzaprine Formulation Improves FM Pain

Preliminary data from a phase 3 trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of a new sublingual formulation of cyclobenzaprine HCl for the treatment of fibromyalgia has been released.

Self-Regulatory Fatigue Associated With Decreased QoL in FM

Self-Regulatory Fatigue Associated With Decreased QoL in FM

This is the first study to relate increased self regulatory fatigue with worsened quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Pain Perception Improved With Aquatic Therapy

Fibromyalgia Pain Perception Improved With Aquatic Therapy

Water-based aquatic Ai Chi therapy was found to be associated with measurable reductions in pain and decreased fibromyalgia syndrome impact and quality of life

Effects of Progressive Resistance Training on Fatigue in FM

Effects of Progressive Resistance Training on Fatigue in FM

Person-centered progressive resistance training in women with FM for 15-weeks resulted in MFI-20 physical fatigue subscale improvements after adjustment for baseline differences in sleep.

Updated EULAR Fibromyalgia Management Recommendations

Updated EULAR Fibromyalgia Management Recommendations

EULAR has issued updated recommendations on the management of fibromyalgia based on systematic reviews and meta-analysis of data

Does Addition of IV Lidocaine to Amitriptyline Improve FM Symptoms?

Does Addition of IV Lidocaine to Amitriptyline Improve FM Symptoms?

While the addition of lidocaine to amitriptyline promoted a better analgesic effect in patients with FM at the 2 weeks time point, no meaningful improvements were noted at 8 weeks.

Drivers of Off-label Antidepressant Prescriptions for Pain, FM

Drivers of Off-label Antidepressant Prescriptions for Pain, FM

Results of this study suggest that the trend of increased prescribing of antidepressants for off-label use is being driven in large part by primary care providers.

Comparing MD-Based and Pt-Based Criteria for FM Diagnosis

Comparing MD-Based and Pt-Based Criteria for FM Diagnosis

A comparison was made between the physician-based (MD) 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia (FM) and the patient-based (PT) 2011 survey/research modified ACR criteria for FM diagnosis.

Substantial Societal Economic Burden Associated With FM

Substantial Societal Economic Burden Associated With FM

Fibromyalgia places a substantial burden on both patients and the health care system.

Proinflammatory Monocyte Phentoype Identified in FM

Proinflammatory Monocyte Phentoype Identified in FM

New research suggests that a higher proportion of non-classical monocytes appears to be associated with lower pain thresholds and greater conditioned pain modulation in fibromyalgia.

ACP Releases Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Insomnia

ACP Releases Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Insomnia

The American College of Physicians released a new clinical practice guideline to present recommendations based on the evidence on the efficacy, comparative effectiveness, and safety of treatments for chronic insomnia.

Sleep Disturbances in Fibromyalgia Distinct From Primary Insomnia

Sleep Disturbances in Fibromyalgia Distinct From Primary Insomnia

This study suggests that patients with fibromyalgia (FM) have intact homeostatic sleep drives when compared to patients with primary insomnia. So, despite shorter total mean duration of sleep bouts in both FM and primary insomnia patients, patients with FM had shorter wake bouts.

Combination Anticonvulsant-Antidepressant Tx Superior to Monotherapy in FM

Combination Anticonvulsant-Antidepressant Tx Superior to Monotherapy in FM

A combination of the anticonvulsant pregabalin and the antidepressant duloxetine may help improve pain relief, physical function, and overall quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia (FM).

Pregabalin-Paroxetine Combination Therapy Reduces Somatic Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Pregabalin-Paroxetine Combination Therapy Reduces Somatic Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

A controlled, randomized study found that the combined use of pregabalin plus paroxetine effectively reduces the somatic and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia, and enhances quality of life in affected individuals.

Low-Dose Naltrexone as Adjunctive Pharmacotherapy for Fibromyalgia

Low-Dose Naltrexone as Adjunctive Pharmacotherapy for Fibromyalgia

Treatment with low dose naltrexone may be an effective, highly tolerable and inexpensive treatment for fibromyalgia.

High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain

High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain

High-definition transcranial direct current stimulation was shown to reduce fibromyalgia pain.

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