Although fibromyalgia lacks an effective standardized treatment, one part of the problem is the condition’s diverse constellation of symptoms that include chronic widespread pain, fatigue, and even depression.
Oral supplementation with vitamin D reduces pain in women with fibromyalgia syndrome and low vitamin D levels, according to a study published in the February issue of PAIN.
A small study found that patients with severe pain and fibromyalgia syndrome reported a marked reduction in pain with the cholecalciferol supplementation.
Pregabalin may be added to reduce pain of fibromyalgia in patients who are taking antidepressants for comorbid depression, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, held from Oct. 25 to 30 in San Diego.
Noting that it takes an average of 5 years before a fibromyalgia patient receives a diagnosis, researchers conducted a retrospective data analysis to identify significant variables that may enable earlier detection and diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia patients who don’t respond to Lyrica (pregabalin) may see their pain scores significantly improve after adding Savella (milnacipran) to their treatment regimens.