Category Archives: fibromyalgia

Vigorous Exercise Reduces Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Kathryn Doyle writing in Reuters reported that, according to research published in Arthritis Care and Research, exercising more often may help to reduce certain fm-web-md

symptoms of fibromyalgia. The study included 170 fibromyalgia patients who were participating in a larger NIH-funded study.

Comment: Effective fibromyalgia treatment consists of non-impact aerobic exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication. It’s a three-legged stool.  Without all three legs, the stool won’t support itself.

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What conditions can be confused with fibromyalgia?

Chad Boomershine wrote an excellent review article on fibromyalgia in Rheumatology Practice News.

One of the most valuable pieces in the article is the list of potential diseases to exclude when faced with a patient who may have this painful disorder.pain

They are:

1.Anemia, leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell disease

2.Thyroid disease, hyperparathyroid disease, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Paget’s disease

3.Polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s disease, Behcet’s disease, vasculitis, sarcoidosis

4. Hepatitis, HIV, Lyme disease, parvovirus disease, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and urinary tract infections.

5. Multiple sclerosis, myesthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy

6. Sleep apnea, restless legs, kidney disease, nutritional deficiencies, celiac disease, Chiari malformation, drug and alcohol abuse.

7. Psychiatric disease such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders.

fibromyalgiaA critical issue to remember is that fibromylagia can occur secondary to any of the above conditions as well.

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Pain the cause of memory problems in fibromyalgia?

A Korean study (Seo J, et al) indicated that pain may be the reason for the memory issues that occur in patients with fibromyalgia.

memory-problemsForty-one women were enrolled in the study — 19 with fibromyalgia (FM) and 22 healthy participants. The mean ages of the patients were 38.73 years and 38.27 years, respectively. The control group included volunteers who were screened for chronic widespread pain, generalized weakness, sleep disturbance and specific tender points.

The patients with FM displayed inferior mean performance compared with controls with specific memory based tests.

“… FM patients showed reduced activation in several brain regions which may be associated with impairments in maintenance and manipulation of working memory,” the researchers said. “The working memory deficit found in FM patients may be attributable to differences in neural activation of the frontoparietal memory network and may result from both pain itself and depression and anxiety associated with pain.”

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