Thanksgiving at Fibro Dot’s
This year, Thanksgiving Dinner was all about family. Dot’s two brothers came without their significant others who had their own family obligations. We usually can rope in an out-of-town visitor or someone with no family in the area. But this year, no one appeared on the horizon, and we had only five places to set at the table. Hooray, thought Fibro Mom, a simple, family dinner.
Fibromyalgia News: Popular Painkiller Pulled Off the Market
NEWSBRIEF: The popular painkillers Darvocet and Darvon (both containing propoxyphene) are coming off of the U.S. market over concerns about dangerous heart-rhythm changes. The FDA said new data showed that the drug put people at risk of serious and possibly fatal heart rhythms and it concluded that the drug’s risk outweighs the benefits. The manufacturer of Darvon and Darvocet, Xanodyne, has said it will comply with the FDA’s request to stop sellling the drug. The FDA said it’s also asked makers of generic drugs containing propoxyphene to halt production as well.
Researchers aiming to find relation between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Scientists are currently conducting studies to evaluate whether there is a predisposition for the development of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT), according to ProHealth. Researchers will study 52 patients, 39 of which are affected by HT, as well as 25 healthy subjects.
Survey Suggests Doctors Need to be More Familiar with Fibromyalgia
Results of a national survey of women who have fibromyalgia show that it takes too long to be diagnosed. Chicago’s Dr. David Edelberg, in reacting to the survey, says the results indicate that more doctors need to become familiar with the condition. The survey found that more than half of women who have fibromyalgia spent more than a year asking doctors what was wrong. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed kept looking for a reason for the pain, tenderness and fatigue for at least five years. Edelberg also notes that the survey found that only about a quarter of the patients believe their spouse or significant other understands what fibromyalgia is.
The evolving understanding of the analgesic mechanism of action of flupirtine
Flupirtine is a widely known analgesic drug that is approved for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain. However, it is neither an NSAID nor an opioid. Given pending trials of flupirtine for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain, an understanding of flupirtine’s (unique?) mechanism of analgesic action is of both clinical and basic science interest. Our objective was to trace the evolution of the understanding of flupirtine’s mechanism of analgesic action to its current status.
Oxidative Stress in Fibromyalgia & Tension Headache
Oxidative stress is more common in people with fibromyalgia and tension headaches than in health people, according to data presented recently at the 4th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology. Researchers looked at markers of oxidative stress and found many to be abnormal in both fibromyalgia and tension headache. However, Total Oxidant Status was high only in the fibromyalgia group. This research adds to a growing body of research suggesting that nitric oxide plays a role in fibromyalgia.
Pay It Forward: Can Being “Nice” Be HEALTHY Too? The Science Behind Selflessness
Today is National “Pay It Forward” Day. This initiative encourages all of us to do one good deed for 1 to 3 other people, expecting nothing in return. You could pay for a stranger’s food or coffee at a drive-thru, buy an extra Christmas gift for a child in need, leave an anonymous gift in a hospital waiting room, check on an elderly neighbor, volunteer for the day, or take dinner to a sick friend or new mom.
more spasms? I’m blaming the cold!
I’m sure most of you fibromites have experienced the wonderful, ever-present, muscle spasms…aren’t they a joy?! yeah right! I notice them always, because well, how can you not? they hurt and they irritate. But I must say that they get so much worse for me when it’s cold. Right now my back is having a good one, right side upper middle where of course I can’t reach it to help alleviate the spasm by rubbing it.