Saturday, June 09, 2007

Those with fibromyalgia may feel more pain

By United Press International

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 5 -- Using sophisticated imaging techniques, the University of Michigan is demonstrating that fibromyalgia may affect millions of Americans.

Using a technique called functional imaging, which allows scientists to look at how different areas of the brain function when people are given painful stimuli, the researchers found that for the same amount of damage or inflammation in the peripheral tissues, a fibromyalgia patient would feel significantly more pain than the average person.

Although the American College of Rheumatology estimates that about 3 percent of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, Clauw says it's probably closer to 5 percent or 6 percent.


Monday, June 04, 2007

Lyrica may help ease fibromyalgia symptoms

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By WebMD Medical News

May 23, 2007 – The nerve-pain drug Lyrica reduces the pain, insomnia, and general dysfunction suffered by fibromyalgia patients, new studies show.
The studies included large numbers of patients with carefully diagnosed fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder associated with fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, exercise intolerance, and other complex symptoms.
Lyrica is approved by the FDA for the treatment of nerve pain caused by shingles and by diabetes. The drug also reduces some forms of epileptic seizures.
The new findings support Pfizer's FDA application to make Lyrica the first drug specifically approved for fibromyalgia treatment.
Some doctors already are prescribing the drug for their fibromyalgia patients, says Roland Staud, MD, director of the musculoskeletal pain research center at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Staud was one of the investigators participating in the studies of Lyrica.
"This is one of the most effective medications we currently have for fibromyalgia," Staud tells WebMD. "And this is one of the largest clinical trials ever for fibromyalgia -- that is what makes it really special."

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Lyrica shown to ease fibromyalgia pain

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By The Lexington Herald-Leader

For decades, people with fibromyalgia suffered from chronic, widespread pain, often without effective treatment.
But that's likely to change, because a new study with University of Kentucky ties has identified a groundbreaking new medication for the disorder.
Dr. Leslie Crofford, a UK rheumatologist and director of UK's Center for the Advancement of Women's Health, presented the research findings at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in San Diego yesterday.
Researchers and the drug maker are excited because of the significant response many people with fibromyalgia had to the new medication, Lyrica.
About 30 percent of all patients who tried Lyrica had a 50 percent or greater reduction in pain, reducing severe pain to mild or moderate pain.