Category Archives: Fibromyalgia

Widespread Pains Common in Post Breast Cancer Patients

20.8% of post breast cancer sufferers were diagnosed with widespread pain and 10% with frank Fibromylgia.

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Fibromylagia (FM)- Does Magnesium Help?

Study finds erythrocyte magnesium levels are low in Fibromyalgia though adding it to amitriptyline had no additional benefit on pain. By self, pain reduction was not clinically significant.

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Fibromyalgia Brain – Brain Loss in Elderly – but Growth in Younger

Brain loss with Fibromyalgia (FM) is well known in elderly. What is new is the finding of brain growth in younger subjects –  in Insula and basal ganglia – perhaps in attempt to control pain.

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Do IV “Cocktails” work in Fibromyalgia?

At a recent conference, I was given free samples of Myer’s Cocktail. Unfortunately, placebo controlled trial of 8 weekly infusions showed no benefit over placebo in Fibromyalgia. A trial of IV magnesium failed as well. Neither used glutathione so can’t … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia – Further Elucidation of Small Fiber Neuropathy Presence.

With Both neuropathic level pains, and paresthesias common in Fibromyalgia; the idea Fibromyalgia is a small fiber neuropathy, was presented in 2010. Now an extremely thorough followup was presented again confirming this issue. They found a a “pathological process involving … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia(FM) – Quetiapine XR (Seroquel) Reduces Pain Similar to Others and Reduces Depression – But Drowsiness High

 FM could be considered a neurodegenerate disorder with certain degrees of brain loss and cognitive impairment evident. Some years ago I was at a presentation in which the brain damage evident in Fibromyalgia was bemoaned by speaker. Having dealt with … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia – Occipital Stimulation Drops Pains 2 Points on VAS Scale vs Placebo

Occipital Stimulation dropped FM pains from 8/10 to 5/10 while placebo only decreased it from 8/10 to 7/10.

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Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) Touted as Only Curative Agent For Pain That Has Centralized

When pain becomes severe, constant, and unremitting –  chances are high the pain has imprinted on the brain and centralized. This is a tragic disease with poor treatment options. In those that persisted with treatment (failures may have dropped out?) … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia Helped by Music Therapy – Confirmed

1 hour/day of classic music mixed with salsa music resulted in a 24% reduction of pain over placebo.  this is a confirmation of a different study finding relief with regular music listening: Music Therapy in Chronic Pain May Drop Pains … Continue reading

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Severe Neuropathic Pain – Only 1/4 Respond to Standard Drug Protocols – What Else Is There?

Presentation at Canadian Pain Society Winnipeg 2013 found only 23.7%  of severe neuropathic pain victims responded to Canadian Pain Society drug protocols for neuropathic pain. It is time to look outside the box for treatment measures.

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Fibromyalgia(FM) – Guided Imagary Treatment Not So Good By Self

Though results have varied, latest studies show little benefit of guided imagery in FM.

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Fibromyalgia- Like Pains in Children Often a Treatable Small Fiber Neuropathy

Analysis of 41 cases of juvenile widespread pain found “definite SFPN (small fiber polyneuropathy) in 59%, probable SFPN in 17%, and possible SFPN in 22%. Steroids or IV gamma globulin subjectively helped 80% of  those that tried them.

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Fibromyalgia – Naltrexone Mediocre Results

Naltrexone is a  partial pain site blocker/stimulant used primarily to help alcoholics get off drinking. It was found in a controlled pilot study some years ago to help with pain in Fibromyalgia. It was well tolerated. Present controlled unfortunately shows … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia (FM) Cases with Tingly, Funny Feelings – How Can You Tell If You Have a Small Fiber Neuropathy Instead?

There is evidence that a small fiber neuropathy is responsible for a subset of FM cases – particluarly if there is more burning, numb feelings and  severe pain (neuropathic symptoms). A group with these symptoms was biopsied but predicting who … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia Brain Study Highlights Hyperactivity When Arm Even Just Brushed

Brain EEG “imaging” study shows hyperarousal with just brushing of right arm – highlighting fact disease involves  brain hypersensitivity

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Differences in Women With Fibromyalgia (FM) and Women With Chronic Back Pain (CBP)

Both FM and CBP are thought to, in part, involve central sensitization and inoperative descending pain inhibition. Their histories are however different.

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Physical Activity Prevents Brain Hypersensitivity in Mouse Model

Mice who are not physically active develop “exercise-induced muscle pain by reducing phosphorylation of the NR1 subunit of the NMDA receptor in the central nervous system.” – ie the pain circuits are hyperacute (or less protected depending on which way … Continue reading

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Neck Pains and Widespread Problems like Fibromyalgia(FM) – When and Where To get an Upright Flexion/Extension MRI..

The only traumatic cause of Fibromylagia is Motor Vehicle Accidents .  see Fibromyalgia Is Only Induced by Motor Vehicle Trauma ?Whiplash Disease Makes one think whiplash and neck damage are involved in FM. Neurolgical findings of neck spine damage (cervical … Continue reading

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Low Vitamin D and Chronic Pain – What is the Evidence?

In 2006, My Daughter, Janice Montbriand, published a poster called Commonly Missed Factors in Chronic Pain. Vitamin D deficiency was one of them. Since the there have been a variety of confirmatory studies – with some negative ones as well. I … Continue reading

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Cheap Treatments For Sleep Apnea

My daughter, Janice Montbriand, and I did a sleep study on selected cases of chronic pain and found a high incidence of sleep apnea. In Fibromylagia, disordered breathing (a dumbed down version of sleep apnea),is very common. Though the CPAP … Continue reading

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New Fibromyalgia Scoring Self – Questionnaire

The new Fibromyalgia criteria are confusing and so I put together a self- questionnaire that might simplify things for people.

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Fibromyalgia Is Only Induced by Motor Vehicle Trauma ?Whiplash Disease

A prospective trial (follow people before injury to after injury – a very good trial approach) found Widespread Pains developed only after Road traffic accidents – not after any other injury. This highlights howPost Traumatic Fibromyalgia coould be a neck disease … Continue reading

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Unlearning Fibromylagia Pain

Quite some years ago, John Sarno, an orthopedic surgeon wrote book on how chronic widespread pain might be a manifestation of emotional pain – people whose bodies are on overdrive and knotted up with body armour. He called it Tension … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Therapy Not So Great in Fibromyalgia -Possible Reasons

Though an earlier uncontrolled study suggested Mindfulness medication could be helpful in FM, a randomized trial did not.  Maybe becoming aware of surroundings, some of which you don’t like, is not helpful?

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Physical Activity and Fibromylagia -Is it Good or Is It Hype?

Only 1/2 of studies show pain benefits in FM from exercise. Most exercise trails are short term (12-20 weeks) and a recent long term study failed to show benefits on followup. Is the idea “all you need is exercise” just hype?

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