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New research may explain poor response to pain killers in fibromyalgia patients


Researchers may have discovered why powerful opioid based pain medications seem to have little effect in fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia is an extremely dibilitating condition in which patients experience pain and tenderness in soft tissues all over their bodies, particularly in specific areas known as 'tender points'. The reasons for this pain have been hard to pin down which has led to a certain amount of scepticism about the condition, even amongst doctors.

New research may now have identified a mechanism behind the pain that also explains the widely accepted observation that opioid pain killing drugs don't work for fibromyalgia pain.

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European experts publish official treatment recommendations for fibromyalgia


A group of experts have provided a list of treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia after reviewing the research.

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is an organization representing patients, healthcare professionals, and scientific bodies concerned with rheumatic conditions throughout Europe. Their stated aim is to "stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases."

A panel of experts organized by EULAR undertook the task of reviewing the available research on the treatment and management of fibromyalgia and drew up a list of 9 recommendations. The groups recommendations have now been published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Simple blood pressure test could diagnose fibromyalgia


A study has found that the standard blood pressure test used in every doctor's office could be used as a diagnostic test for fibromyalgia syndrome.

Everybody has had a blood pressure test at the doctor's office. The doctor or nurse straps a cuff to your upper arm and then inflates it until it stops the blood flow in a large artery. Then, the air in the cuff is slowly released, and the doctor/nurse listens with a stethoscope. When the blood starts to pulse through the artery, it makes a sound. Sounds continue to be heard until pressure in the artery is higher than the pressure in the cuff.

While the person conducting the test listens with the stethoscope, they take down two readings from a pressure gauge. The instrument used for the test is called a sphygmomanometer (SFIG'mo-mah-NOM'eh-ter) and comprises the inflatable cuff and pressure gauge. The two readings indicate the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic pressure is the pressure of the blood flow when the heart beats (the pressure when the first sound is heard). Diastolic pressure is the pressure between heartbeats (the pressure when the last sound is heard). Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, which is abbreviated mm Hg and the healthy range is typically said to be 100-140 mm Hg for systolic and 60-100 mm Hg for diastolic.

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Electromagnetic Radiation Blocking Fabric Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain


New study finds that a special fabric called Farabloc can effectively reduce the pain felt by fibromyalgia sufferers.

Fibromyalgia is a complex illness with a wide array of debilitating symptoms, but that one that stands out is pain. Described as a musculoskeletal pain disorder, sufferers experience pain, often excruciating, at various 'tender points' around the body. The pain comes from the soft tissues of the body, the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and sufferers describe it as deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. Sensations of intense burning are also common.

When asked to explain what living with fibromyalgia is like many sufferers will use the analogy of how you would feel after running a marathon when not in tip top condition. It feels like muscles have been pulled and stretched or the body has suffered some intense physical trauma.

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Fibromyalgia pain reduced by electrical brain stimulation


Recent research demonstrates that external stimulation of the brain with an electrical current reduces the severity of fibromyalgia pain.

As recent Canadian reports have highlighted, fibromyalgia affects a significant number of people in developed nations, around 2-4%, yet the condition remains poorly understood and treatment usually involves a lot of trial and error.

Fibromyalgia is described as a musculoskeletal pain disorder, but this is a little misleading as sufferers experience a whole host of other symptoms from fatigue, to gastrointestinal problems, to brain fog, or "fibrofog", which clouds thinking and makes it hard to concentrate and focus. Fibromyalgia shares many of its symptoms with that other poorly understood condition, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), in fact.

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