Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, fatigue, and a number of other symptoms that can interfere with a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million American adults. Most people with fibromyalgia—between 80 and 90 percent—are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder, which is often associated with other syndromes. The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, but there are probably a number of factors involved. Recently, researchers have focused on abnormalities in processing of pain by the central nervous system. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Current diagnostic criteria are available from the American College of Rheumatology. Treatment often involves an individualized approach that may include both pharmacologic therapies (prescription drugs, analgesics, and NSAIDs) and nonpharmacologic interventions such as exercise, muscle strength training, cognitive behavioral therapy, movement/body awareness practices, massage, acupuncture, and balneotherapy. This issue of the digest provides a summary of the science of several complementary mind and body approaches often included in treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Abstract Acupuncture has been increasingly used as an integrative or complementary therapy for pain. It is well-tolerated with little risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional acupuncture and nontraditional techniques, such as electroacupuncture and dry needling, often result in reported pain improvement. Multiple factors may contribute to variability in acupuncture's therapeutic effects, including needling technique, number of needles used, duration of needle retention, acupuncture point specificity, number of treatments, and numerous subjective (psychological) factors. Controlled trials have been published on...
Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
You're reading Options to Opioids: How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Prescribing Pain-Killers, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. While there is considerable debate as to how much blame doctors should be assigned for the ongoing opioid crisis, there is little doubt they can do something to curtail it -- that instead of prescribing drugs that have been found to be highly addictive they can resort to alternate forms of pain management. Doctors’ prescription of powerful painkillers like OxyContin is frequ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: health and fitness addiction health and wellness opioids self improvement Source Type: blogs
We examined the expression of TRPV1 in peripheral tissue and DRG neurons of CPIP model rats and we studied whether CPIP model could induce peripheral sensitization of TRPV1 channel and enhance DRG neuron excitability. Then we examined the therapeutic effects of locally applied TRPV1 specific antagonist AMG9810 on pain responses of CPIP model rats. Lastly, we explored the effects of AMG9810 on DRG neuron hyperexcitability and spinal glial activation induced by CPIP. Our results demonstrate that TRPV1 plays an important role in mediating the behavioral hypersensitivity of CPIP model rats via promoting peripheral nociceptor a...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewFibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain syndrome that can have debilitating consequences for affected patients. When compared to the general population, patients with fibromyalgia experience lowered mechanical and thermal pain thresholds, altered temporal summation of painful stimuli, and higher than normal pain ratings for known noxious stimuli.Recent FindingsThere is no definitive cure for fibromyalgia and treatment primarily focuses on both symptom management and improving patient quality of life. This treatment strategy involves a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach consisting of lifestyle ...
Source: Current Rheumatology Reports - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs), such as fibromyalgia (FM), temporomandibular disorder (TMD), episodic migraine (EM), tension-type headache (TTH), and low back pain (LBP) affect over 100 million Americans and costs the US economy billions of dollars each year22. A hallmark of the COPCs is their idiopathic pathogenesis20. Each individual condition produces pain unexplained by clinical findings such as injury or inflammation97. Furthermore, each is characterized by pain that persists “beyond the normal time of healing”, thereby meeting the IASP definition of chronicity67.
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain. The pain caused by fibromyalgia may be treated with specific pain relief drugs, or with natural methods, such as acupuncture and exercise. In this article, learn about scientifically proven methods to improve fibromyalgia pain symptoms.
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CONCLUSIONS: These findings confirm the analgesic properties of acupuncture as a complementary treatment in FM, and indicate that NPY could play a role in pain modulation. PMID: 28598785 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
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 treat...
Source: Systematic Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
"Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!" Before my diagnosis, I remember thinking how empty those words sounded to me. Of course I was going to have a healthy year- I'm young, I'm in good shape, I don't have any serious vices, my diet is decent and I even make it to the gym every now and then. Thanks for the sentiment but I'm holding out for a ridiculously magical year, my health is just fine. Nine years later, as a Chronic Pain patient, this polite gesture takes on a whole new meaning. I know it's said with with good intent but my well-wishers have no idea just how much work it takes to have a healthy day, le...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The nation's crisis in pain treatment and need to reduce opioid dependence has lifted a powerful chorus of voices to change insurance practices. The American Medical Association is among the organizations urging payers to cover non-pharmacological approaches. Many specifically extend this call to integrative treatments. The statements were discovered by representatives of the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) among comments submitted to the USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had a public comment period prior to its March 2016 issuance of its Guidelines ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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