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Participating in clinical trials can give patients access to newly emerging treatments for fibromyalgia and help scientists find a cure. (Also see Autoimmune Diseases, and Overview of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Clinical Trials: Fibromyalgia. A list of current and new clinical trials in the United States on Fibromyolgia. Center Watch.
Predictors for health improvement in patients with fibromyalgia (FM): a 2-year follow-up study. Recently diagnosed FM patients who report fewer physical limitations may experience more improvement in health if they are at work and have a positive attitude towards participating in an offered health-care intervention. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2015 Jan;34(1):133-41.
A new approach to the improvement of quality of life in fibromyalgia (FMS): a pilot study on the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi program. A water–based Ai Chi program may contribute to the improvement of mental and physical health and the quality of life in women with FMS. PubMed, Int J Rheum Dis, 07/26/2016.
Effects of music on pain in patients with fibromyalgia. The effect of music has been found to control pain in fibromyalgia patients and music therapy should be suggested in pain management for fibromyalgia patients as an non-pharmacologic nursing intervention. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 08/06/2015.
Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A Randomised Trial. Depressive symptoms and the impact of the illness were reduced and maintained in the MBCT group of women diagnosed with fibromyalgia. No significant changes were found in the reduction of intensity of pain. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
Resistance exercise improves physical fatigue in women with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Person–centered progressive resistance exercise improved physical fatigue in women with FM when compared to an active control group. Bio Med Central, Arthritis Research & Therapy, 07/30/2016.
Low–level laser therapy (LLLT) and anesthetic infiltration for orofacial pain in patients with fibromyalgia (FM): a randomized clinical trial. The LLLT by Gallium–Aluminum–Arsenide (GaAlAs) and anesthetic infiltration of lidocaine 2% were equally effective to control orofacial pain in FM individuals. PubMed, Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal, 2018 Jan 1;23(1):e65-e71.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated? Three medicines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia. These are pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and milnacipran (Savella). MedicineNet.
The relationship of endocannabinoidome lipid mediators with pain and psychological stress in women with fibromyalgia (FM)– a case control study. This study reports about elevated plasma levels of endocannabinoidome lipid mediators in FM. PubMed, J Pain, 06/06/2018. (Also see Endocannabinoid System)
Cannabinoids and autoimmune diseases: A systematic review. Cannabinoids are effective as treatment for fibromyalgia and have shown to have anti–fibrotic effect in scleroderma. PubMed, Autoimmun Rev, 2016 Jun;15(6):513-28. (Also see Endocannabinoid System)
Pain Management and Nerve Blocks. Nerve blocks are sometimes highly effective in providing temporary relief for muscle and joint pain caused by fibromyalgia.WebMD.
Adding Prefrontal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Before Occipital Nerve Stimulation (ONS) in Fibromyalgia. This study suggests that adding right–anode bifrontal tDCS to ONS has no added benefit in improving fibromyalgia–related symptoms. PubMed, Clin J Pain, 2018 May;34(5):421-427.
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