What We Learned About Fibromyalgia in 2015

December 18, 2015

The past 12 months have brought new research on fibromyalgia treatment, comorbidities, and quality of life and made for a promising future.

The past 12 months have brought new research on fibromyalgia treatment, comorbidities, and quality of life and made for a promising future.

It’s no secret that a lot of questions remain about fibromyalgia. The condition can’t be diagnosed with an MRI or even a blood test, so some people doubt that it even exists. But it’s a very real, very disruptive disease for many patients.

Read on to catch up on the key fibromyalgia findings over the past year, and stay up-to-date with the MD Magazine fibromyalgia condition center.

When lead investigatory Brinder Vij, MD, started to notice a pattern of headaches among his patients with fibromyalgia nearly three years ago, he decided to investigate if this theme was more widespread.

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Chronic painful conditions can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life, but are some conditions worse than others? A recent study sought to determine which chronic pain condition creates the biggest burden on patient quality of life.

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Not only does poor sleep result in more pain for patients with fibromyalgia, but it is also linked to a lower pain threshold.

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Although a seemingly invisible condition, fibromyalgia may have an important connection with mental health symptoms.

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Effective treatments for fibromyalgia are notoriously few and far between. A number of studies have shown that gabapentin, developed to treat epilepsy, is effective in treating postherpetic neuralgia and painful diabetic neuropathy. Now, a new — although admittedly limited – study has revealed that gabapentin may hold promise for treating fibromyalgia as well.

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While maintaining high levels of physical activity may not appeal to many patients with fibromyalgia, doing so may be the best way to help ease their pain.

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While exploring a way to help patients with post-traumatic brain injuries, a collaborative team of researchers discovered that oxygen chamber treatment proved to benefit those with fibromyalgia as well.

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Patients with fibromyalgia typically experience widespread chronic pain and a new study adds to the evidence that emotional impact is prominent as well.

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Are more patients with newly diagnosed fibromyalgia taking guideline-recommended medications or opioids? The answer may surprise you.

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A new study analyzed multiple areas of fibromyalgia including pain, brain characteristics, and medication efficacy, which resulted in some very telling conclusions.

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It may be easy to write a prescription for opioids in hopes that they will do the trick for patients struggling with fibromyalgia pain. But the best path towards effective analgesia may not require medication at all.

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It’s been well established that patients with fibromyalgia have a poorer quality of sleep, and now a drug is showing positive results in combatting this common symptom.

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