- Fibromyalgia (FM) is a debilitating condition affecting 11 million individuals in the US alone. FM carries an annual direct cost for care of more than $20 billion and drug therapies are generally only 30% effective in relieving symptoms and 20% effective in improving function.
- According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, yoga exercises may have the power to combat fibromyalgia - a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain. The research is being published in the November 10 online edition of the journal Pain and will appear online Thursday, Oct. 14.
- Researchers from Utrecht University who studied the effect of negative emotions on pain perception in women with and without fibromyalgia found that anger and sadness amplified pain equally in both groups. Full findings are now online and will publish in the October print issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.
- Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient Chinese martial art form practiced for both its defense training and health benefits, could provide relief to patients suffering from fibromyalgia, new research has suggested.
- Fibromyalgia is an arthritis related disease that is tough to understand and diagnose. It is a set of symptoms that you have to keep tracking to know if you have the disease. It causes you to ache all over and result in feeling fatigued all the time, even as you wake up.
- A recent study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Michigan provides the first direct evidence of linkage between elevated intrinsic (resting-state) brain connectivity and spontaneous pain intensity in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). This research shows an interaction of multiple brain networks, offering greater understanding of how pain arises. Details of the study appear online and in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology.
Fibromyalgia, a central nervous system disorder, is described as a 'central sensitisation syndrome' caused by neurobiological abnormalities which act to produce physiological pain and cognitive impairments as well as neuro-psychological symptomatology. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown.