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An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia using both AMSTAR and ROBIS as quality assessment tools

ConclusionsOverall, five reviews scored 6 or above using the AMSTAR scale and the inter-rater agreement was good (83.6%), whereas seven reviews achieved a low risk of bias rating using ROBIS and the inter-rater agreement was fair (60.0%). No firm conclusions were drawn for efficacy of either spinal manipulation or homoeopathy for FM. There is limited evidence for topicalCapsicum, but further research is required. There is some evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for FM, but further high-quality trials are needed to investigate its benefits, harms and mechanisms of action, compared with no or standard treatment.Systematic review registrationPROSPEROCRD42016035846.
Source: Systematic Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Bioethics Mobile Health Virtual Reality in Medicine AI artificial intelligence data data analytics drugs future gc3 Innovation opioid opioid crisis pharma technology wearables Source Type: blogs
Conclusions Among women who underwent HS and LS, pre-existing pain conditions and AUB were associated with higher rates of CPP and AUB post procedure, respectively, and both pre-existing conditions were associated with a greater frequency of subsequent hysterectomy.
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
ConclusionThis large‐scale study demonstrates that regardless of the pain definition used, the magnitude of association between pain and other associated symptoms of fibromyalgia is similar. This finding supports the continued collection of both when classifying fibromyalgia, but highlights the fact that pain may not require to follow the definition outlined within the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria.
Source: Arthritis Care and Research - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The results suggest that adjusting one's activities may help to manage the symptoms and to support work ability in many cases but for some patients the experience of feeling healthy or pain free might be nothing but a fading memory. Narrative approach is well applicable to rehabilitation of patients with fibromyalgia: an illness narrative may help the patient and professionals to understand the situation better and to set realistic and relevant goals for rehabilitation. Implications for rehabilitation In addition to chronic pain, men with fibromyalgia suffer from daytime tiredness and cognitive challenges that ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Authors: Borenstein DG, Hassett AL, Pisetsky D Abstract The Pain Management Task Force of the American College of Rheumatology published a report in 2010 highlighting pain management as a fundamental aspect of clinical practice, training and research. In the interim, the consideration of pain as a focus of attention of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals has become even more challenging than in 2010 because of the epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose death. The characterisation of categories of pain by mechanism (e.g., inflammation, joint degeneration, abnormalities of central pain processing...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
Opioid prescribing has markedly increased in UK and worldwide, predominantly for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). CNCP includes conditions such as fibromyalgia, low back pain and osteoarthritis (OA). Evidence suggests that widespread use of opioids in CNCP is associated with risks of diversion and abuse, overdose and death. However, opioid prescribing data in specific medical conditions are limited and no study has examined the trends of prescribing in patients with OA in UK. OA affects around 7 million people in the UK with knee joint being most commonly affected.
Source: Value in Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Approximately 100 million American adults experience chronic pain.35 Individuals' weight and gender place them at differential risk for chronic pain. Women report more pain than men20 and are more likely to develop pain conditions including fibromyalgia, migraine, or chronic tension-type headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular pain, and interstitial cystitis.2,20,43 In laboratory studies, women consistently show lower pain thresholds and tolerance than men.2 These findings are notable because of evidence from clinical settings that, compared with men, women are morelikely to have their pain undertreated, dis...
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Tags: Original Report Source Type: research
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Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Pop and Rock Music Lady Gaga Fibromyalgia Joanne (Album) Europe Gaga: Five Foot Two (Movie) Source Type: news
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Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Education Pain Pain conditions Research Science in practice biopsychosocial Chronic pain Health pain management Source Type: blogs
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