Neural signature for fibromyalgia may aid diagnosis, treatment

A brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia sufferers with 93 percent accuracy has been discovered by researchers, a potential breakthrough for future clinical diagnosis and treatment of the highly prevalent condition. Fibromyalgia is commonly defined as chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety and mood disorders, with significantly higher occurrence rates in women than in men.
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Pregabalin may lessen pain from irritable bowel syndrome, study finds

Patients suffering from pain related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may benefit from taking pregabalin, a neuro-pain inhibitor commonly used to treat fibromyalgia, a pilot study has found.
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Sleep is key to curing chronic pain

A ink between chronic pain and lack of sleep has been identified by a team of researchers. They also discovered that people with pain who believe they won’t be able to sleep are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing worse pain. A pioneering study could lead to specific cognitive therapy to cure insomnia and treat chronic pain.
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Nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain conditions, review suggests

Data from a review of US-based clinical trials suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions.
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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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