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Early Treatment Of Fibromyalgia More Effective, Research Suggests

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2009) — 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 new thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet.
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* Fibromyalgia
* Joint Pain

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* Depression
* Brain Injury


* Chronic pain
* Phantom limb
* Functional neuroimaging
* Gate control theory of pain

“It’s a common misconception that fibromyalgia is a manifestation of mental problems,” says Karin B. Jensen, postgraduate at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience. “But in the studies that comprise my thesis, we’ve made careful measurements and have found no correlation at all between pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients and the degree of anxiety or depression they show.”

In one of the studies presented in the thesis, subjects had both thumbs pressed hard enough for them to feel the same degree of mild pain as healthy controls. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers could show that the subjects had the same level of activity in the parts of the brain that deal with emotions as well assensory information from the thumb, regardless of which group they belonged to. However, the subjects with fibromyalgia had lower activity in a brain area that inhibits the experience of pain.

According to the team, treatment with drugs that work on the central nervous system (CNS), such as SNRI antidepressants, are effective against fibromyalgia. But this is not a question of treating depression but of other properties of these drugs.

“The patients who had had their pain symptoms for the shortest amount of time were those that responded best to the drug treatments tested,” says Karin B Jensen. “This shows how important it is that fibromyalgia is detected and taken seriously as early in its development as possible.”

Her thesis also confirms the existence of a relationship between genetics and pain regulation. Studies of healthy people revealed a relationship between a specific genetic variant and the effect of a morphine-like drug on repeated pain stimulation. The results suggest that the gene under study only affects the body’s pain regulating system in the presence of greater psychological stress. This knowledge, say the researchers, could one day make possible the development of customised medical treatments and thus better and more effective pain relief.

Fibromyalgia affects about two per cent of the population, women more so than men. The disease involves the enhancement of pain impulses, leaving sufferers highly sensitive to pain, which is both chronic and diffuse. Previously, the causes of the disease were unknown, and there were no objective measurements of the way the CNS processes pain. This, in turn, made many sufferers feel misunderstood and mistreated by the healthcare services and during rehabilitation.

Skills and Attitude

This entry is part of a series, Campbell self management»

By Bruce Campbell

Your success in managing a long-term condition depends in part on your coping skills and attitude. You may not be able to change the fact that you have CFIDS or fibromyalgia, but you can learn new ways to deal with your illness. Continue reading

Is This You?


I’m not normal, I’d think in my head,
I used to think; I’d be better off dead.
My life has been taken, away from me,
It’s so unfair, no reason that I can see.
I’ve been a good person, all of my life,
I feel I’ve been stabbed, with a sharp knife.
I’d shout and scream, then cry some more,
Hands over face, in a ball on the floor.
All of this aching, all of these harsh pains,
Pulled muscles, lots of strains and sprains.
My joints are stiff, and unbearable to use,
Someone touches me, I go blotchy and bruise.
My shoulders hurt, can’t raise them in the air,
There so sensitive, someone’s touch I can’t bear.
I struggle to walk, as my legs are giving way,
Tingling and burning, shooting pains when I lay.
Swollen hands and fingers, cramp and they lock,
The constant sharp pain, I always try to block.
Tired and worn out, my feet sink in the ground,
My body’s a struggle, for me to drag around.
Headaches and Migraines, are not of a few,
Poor concentration, and a bad memory too.
People haven’t heard, of what I have got,
Vacant expressions, they’re like er… What?
This is what I hate, when I have to explain,
`Cos I get so upset, when I talk of the pain.
No idea they have, because I look so well,
What my life is like, it can be a living hell.
Thing after thing, I am not able to do,
Working and driving, are just of a few.
Learning to accept, to cope and to face,
My life as it is now, at it’s own slow pace.

Treatments for GERD – 5 Ways To Reduce Symptoms of GERD

Treatments for GERD – 5 Ways To Reduce Symptoms of GERD

by Dianna Y Smith

For people who suffer with GERD, the painful symptoms can leave you restless at night trying to find relief. If you have been fighting the heartburn symptoms by day or night, there are several treatments for GERD options available. Listed are 5 treatments for GERD. Continue reading

Can Stress Cause Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux is one of the very most normal complaints, moving just about everyone at sometime or another. Also known as GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), this is something relaxed to all of us as heartburn. The characteristic Continue reading

Are Ritalin Side Effects Worth It?

Are Ritalin Side Effects Worth It?

Attention Deficit Disordered (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affect about 2 million American children. Each of these conditions is commonly diagnosed in early childhood. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, inability to sit quietly, Continue reading

Living with Acid Reflux Pain

by Harry Heys

Some people know Acid Reflux as Gerd, Gord or Heartburn. The pain which comes with these is very difficult to cope with.

As is often the case the name of the disease differs depending on the country, in the United Kingdom it is Gastro Oesophageal Reflux and in the United States it is Esophageal Reflux Disease. Continue reading