Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests

Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system deriving from malfunctioning of the system that transmits and modulates the transmission of nervous stimuli between the periphery of the body and the brain. The study involved 75 sedentary women who had fibromyalgia.
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fibromyalgia: Doubling up to fight pain

A more effective way of treating fibromyalgia, a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain typically accompanied by fatigue, as well as sleep, mood and memory problems has been discovered by a researcher.
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Third to half of UK population lives with chronic pain

Between a third and half (43 percent) of the UK population — roughly 28 million adults — lives with chronic pain, finds an analysis of the available evidence.
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Fibromyalgia Patients Show Decreases In Gray Matter Intensity

Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia is associated with reductions in gray matter in parts of the brain, but the exact cause is not known. Using sophisticated brain imaging techniques, researchers have found that alterations in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine might be responsible for gray matter reductions.
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Chinese Acupuncture Affects Brain’s Ability To Regulate Pain, UM Study Shows

Acupuncture has been used for over two millennia in East-Asian medicine to treat pain. Using brain imaging, researchers have provided novel evidence that traditional Chinese acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to regulate pain. Their findings show acupuncture acts as more than a placebo, and can activate receptors in the brain that process and dampen pain signals.
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Early Treatment Of Fibromyalgia More Effective, Research Suggests

People suffering from fibromyalgia have reduced activity in the parts of the brain that inhibit the experience of pain. Drugs that affect the CNS can be effective against the disease, and are thought to be even more so if administered early in its course, according to a Swedish researcher.
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Slow breathing reduces pain

Controlled breathing at a slowed rate can significantly reduce feelings of pain, according to new research. Chronic pain sufferers, specifically fibromyalgia (FM) patients, also reported less pain while breathing slowly, unless they were overwhelmed by negative feelings, sadness or depression.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms improved by lifestyle adjustments

Short bursts of physical activity can ease fibromyalgia symptoms. Researchers have shown that encouraging patients to undertake “Lifestyle Physical Activity” can markedly increase the average number of steps taken per day and produce clinically relevant reductions in perceived disability and pain.
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New reliable method based on patients’ gait helps to diagnose fibromyalgia

A researcher from Spain has designed a reliable method that — combined with the diagnostic criteria of the American College of Reumathology — helps to diagnose fibromyalgia on the basis of patients’ walk parameters, i.e. their gait.
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Fibromyalgia affects mental health of those diagnosed and their spouses, study finds

Researchers are examining how the diagnosis of fibromyalgia can affect marriages. Initial findings reveal that diagnosed spouses have considerably higher levels of depressive symptoms and pain and report more marital instability and anger than their spouses. For both spouses, the symptoms can trigger increased emotional withdrawal and mental strain.
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