This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

Does Setting the Clock Back Make Fibromyalgia Worse?
Red Orbit: “The time changing can make it difficult for people to adjust to a new schedule. However, for fibromyalgia patients ending daylight savings can make fibromyalgia worse. Setting the clock back or forward can make fibromyalgia worse because it can mess with an individual’s chronic fatigue and pain.” Click here for full story.

This New Startup Wants to Treat Your Migraines Through Your Smartphone
PureWow: “Did you know that one in seven people suffer from migraines? That’s 1 billion people globally. Yikes. One new startup wants to help migraine sufferers manage their symptoms without ever having to set foot in a doctor’s office.” Click here for full story.

With Endometriosis, Quality of Life is Often Dictated by Money
Endometriosis News: “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with complex stage 4 endometriosis, and it has had a severe impact on my life. However, as much as I hate having endometriosis, I still consider myself lucky. I am fortunate enough to more or less manage an illness that can easily become a heavy burden on anyone’s pocket.” Click here for full story.

‘Jellybean’ Implant Could Relieve Pain of Hand Arthritis
Daily Telegraph: “A tiny ‘jellybean’ implanted in the thumb joint could relieve the pain and immobility of hand arthritis, according to new research. The prosthesis, made from the same clear gel material as disposable contact lenses, takes just 30 minutes to insert and has also been shown to increase grip strength.” Click here for full story.

Study Investigates Extent of Cognitive Impairment in Migraine
AJMC.com Managed Markets Network: “Those who suffer from migraine may also suffer from cognitive dysfunction. According to a recent study, migraine attacks are associated with poor cognitive performance compared with headache-free periods; however, additional research is needed to establish the effects of cognitive impairment in patients with migraine and other headache disorders.” Click here for full story.

Do Women With Endometriosis Get Enough Medical Support?
Contemporary Obgyn: “Providing medical support to women with endometriosis is essential because the disease is associated with chronic pain, which impacts quality of life. In a new multicenter study, researchers took a fresh look at whether these patients were satisfied with the help they were getting from the health care system. The results point to a need for more information-sharing between women with endometriosis and their physicians.” Click here for full story.

 

Week of December 5, 2018

FDA Approves Prefilled Tocilizumab Injector for Rheumatoid Arthritis, GCA
MD Magazine: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a single-dose prefilled autoinjector for tocilizumab (Actemra) as an additional formulation for the treatment of adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to disease-modifying anti-rhheumatic drugs (DMARDs).” Click here for full story.

Extract From Soursop Leaves Can Prevent the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests
Science Daily: “The consumption of extract of Annona muricata L. leaves in pharmaceutical form and in the correct dosage can reduce the chronic pain, anxiety and depression that accompany this disease. ” Click here for full story.

Depression in Women with Endometriosis Linked to Chronic Pain, Review Study Shows
Endometriosis News: “The complex relationship between endometriosis and depression in women is largely determined by chronic pelvic pain, a systematic review has found. According to the researchers, raising awareness among physicians on the nature of this relationship…is essential to finding the best course of treatment and improving the quality of life of women with endometriosis.” Click here for full story.

Arthritis Pain: This Daily Exercise Can Help Relieve Painful Joints During Winter
Express: “Arthritis can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in joints, making simple daily tasks very difficult. Winter weather can cause joints to become even more painful, so what can you do during these months to help?” Click here for full story.

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