Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What the Fibro Experts Say

The current issue of the Fibromyalgia Network Journal is hot off the press, and it's packed with treatment suggestions and research on your symptoms. Here's what some of the experts in our current issue are saying:
"Treatment targeted at low-grade autoimmunity is very helpful in fibromyalgia patients," says David McLain, M.D.

"We found the timing of the last meal was positively associated with consuming more calories, which equated to two pounds per month," says Kelly Baron, Ph.D., M.P.H.

"If I wake up 15 times a night, I don't have insomnia. I'm waking up because I have fibromyalgia," says Thomas Roth, Ph.D.
"A decrease in the regional gray matter volume in the thalamus was found in patients with chronic pelvic pain," says Sawsan As-Saine, M.D.

"These impairments may lead fibromyalgia patients to organize information inappropriately, resulting in forgetfulness and problems with concentration," says Yongmin Chang, Ph.D.

"Dietary manipulation is a relatively simple and low cost nonpharmacological intervention," says Kathleen Holton, Ph.D., M.P.H.

"People may be seeing multiple doctors and think they are falling apart. For the physician who does not recognize the related conditions, they may think this patient is a 'train wreck,'" says David McLain, M.D.

"Even after you treat their sleep, fibromyalgia patients often wake up feeling terrible and unrefreshed. So I find myself treating their day," says Karl Doghramji, M.D.

"Our study shows that central nervous system abnormalities, such as reductions in spinal pain inhibition, occur most strongly in fibromyalgia but are also present in irritable bowel syndrome patients," says Philippe Goffaux, Ph.D.

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