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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The word Fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Tender points are specific places on the body-on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities-where people with Fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure. Although Fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not truly a form of arthritis (a disease of the joints) because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, Fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person's ability to carry on daily activities. Also like arthritis, Fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition.

Fibromyalgia affects over 10 million Americans. For unknown reasons, between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are women; however, men and children also can be affected. Most people are diagnosed during middle age, although the symptoms often become present earlier in life. People with certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus), or ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis) may be more likely to have Fibromyalgia, too.
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UC pain researcher solves a long-standing scientific mystery

UC pain researcher solves a long-standing scientific mystery

By solving a long standing scientific mystery, the common saying "you just hit a nerve" might need to be updated to "you just hit a Merkel cell," jokes Jianguo Gu, PhD, a pain researcher at the University of Cincinnati. [More]
Research report on China's duloxetine market

Research report on China's duloxetine market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Investigation Report on China Duloxetine Market" report to their offering. [More]
Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two existing definitions of chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) -- one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from a study of Kansas Gulf War veterans -- should be used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. [More]

Conditioned pain modulation decreases activity in human spinal cord, say researchers

Researchers have demonstrated that conditioned pain modulation (CPM), a measure of the brain's ability to regulate pain, decreases activity in the human spinal cord as visible via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). [More]
Findings provide new target for development of novel therapies to manage chronic pain

Findings provide new target for development of novel therapies to manage chronic pain

Scientists have shown for the first time that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the chronic pain suffered by osteoarthritis patients. [More]
Study examines effectiveness of herbal cannabis in patients with rheumatic diseases

Study examines effectiveness of herbal cannabis in patients with rheumatic diseases

Patients with rheumatic conditions are in need of symptom relief and some are turning to herbal cannabis as a treatment option. However, the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia is not supported by medical evidence. [More]
New article explores risks associated with using herbal cannabis for rheumatic conditions

New article explores risks associated with using herbal cannabis for rheumatic conditions

Patients with rheumatic conditions are in need of symptom relief and some are turning to herbal cannabis as a treatment option. However, the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia is not supported by medical evidence. A new article published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, explores the risks associated with using herbal cannabis for medicinal purposes and advises healthcare providers to discourage rheumatology patients from using this drug as therapy. [More]

Study explores risks associated with using herbal cannabis for treatment of rheumatic conditions

Patients with rheumatic conditions are in need of symptom relief and some are turning to herbal cannabis as a treatment option. However, the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia is not supported by medical evidence. [More]
Study reveals that more than 14% of pregnant women are prescribed opioids for pain

Study reveals that more than 14% of pregnant women are prescribed opioids for pain

More than 14 percent of pregnant women were prescribed opioids (narcotics) for pain at some time during their pregnancy, according to a study posted to the online version of Anesthesiology. [More]

Researchers examine link between non-restorative sleep and widespread pain among older adults

Researchers in the U.K. report that non-restorative sleep is the strongest, independent predictor of widespread pain onset among adults over the age of 50. According to the study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology (formerly Arthritis & Rheumatism), a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), anxiety, memory impairment, and poor physical health among older adults may also increase the risk of developing widespread pain. [More]
Anxiety, depression and meditation: an interview with Dr Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Anxiety, depression and meditation: an interview with Dr Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

We wanted to be broadly inclusive of any kind of meditation program, so we defined a meditation program to be any kind of structured meditation program that involved at a minimum 4 hours of training, with instructions to practice outside the classroom. [More]
Forest Laboratories third quarter net sales increase 24.9% to $846.8 million

Forest Laboratories third quarter net sales increase 24.9% to $846.8 million

Forest Laboratories, Inc., a leading, fully integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company largely focused on the United States market, announced that reported diluted earnings per share equaled $0.07 in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to a reported loss per share of ($0.58) in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The third quarter of fiscal 2014 included a $45 million charge ($28.2 million net of tax) related to Project Rejuvenate. [More]

Researchers conduct study to evaluate musculoskeletal pain outcomes after motor vehicle collision

A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers is the first large prospective study to evaluate musculoskeletal pain outcomes after motor vehicle collision in the U.S. [More]

Vitamin D may be adjunct for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome, say researchers

Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic pain and fatigue. For those with low vitamin D levels, vitamin D supplements can reduce pain and may be a cost-effective alternative or adjunct to other treatment, say researchers in the January 2014 issue of PAIN-. [More]
Research: Daily meditation may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression

Research: Daily meditation may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression

Some 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins analysis of previously published research suggests. [More]
Research report on global pain management devices market

Research report on global pain management devices market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Pain Management Devices Market Report 2013-2018 " report to their offering. [More]

People who experience chronic pain during childhood have chronic pain as adults

There is strong evidence showing that individuals who experienced chronic pain during childhood have chronic pain as adults, but few studies have evaluated the characteristics of pain that persists from childhood through adult years. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that one in six adult pain patients had pain as children or adolescents, and their pain was widespread and neuropathic with psychological comorbidities and decreased function. [More]
Study suggests role for brain imaging in potential treatment of chronic pain

Study suggests role for brain imaging in potential treatment of chronic pain

A study in the December issue of Anesthesiology suggests a role for brain imaging in the assessment and potential treatment of chronic pain. [More]
Brain signals in fibromyalgia patients: an interview with Dr. Marco Loggia from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston

Brain signals in fibromyalgia patients: an interview with Dr. Marco Loggia from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from a variety of symptoms, including widespread body pain and myofascial tenderness. They are ‘hyperalgesic’, which means that if you give them a stimulus that in healthy subjects is just mildly painful (or even completely innocuous), they may perceive it as excruciatingly painful. [More]
Disruption of brain signals contributes to increased pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients

Disruption of brain signals contributes to increased pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients

New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in fibromyalgia patients. Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggest that this altered brain processing might contribute to widespread pain and lack of response to opioid therapy in patients with fibromyalgia. [More]