This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

Clinician- vs Criteria-Based Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Clinical Pain Advisor: “There may be substantial disparity between diagnoses of fibromyalgia based on criteria vs International Classification of Diseases standards, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research.Click here for full story.

Identification of Factors Associated With Allodynia in Migraine
Neurology Advisor: “The presence of allodynia in adult individuals with migraine may be associated with symptom severity, intensity and frequency of headache, depression and/or anxiety, and overuse of medications, according to a study published in Cephalalgia.Click here for full story.

Aerobic Exercise Associated With Decreased Number of Migraine Days
AJMC: “A recent study found that aerobic exercise may be associated with a reduced number of migraine days in patients who experience migraine. The authors noted that, on average, 18 days per year per patient with migraine are missed from work or household activities due to migraine.” Click here for full story.

I Got Botox For Migraines — & It Changed My Life
Refinery 29: “About a year ago, I hit a wall in my migraine treatments. After five years of working with a neurologist, I had quietly given up… There was, however, one last-ditch migraine treatment I’d always been curious about: botulinum toxin, the most potent neurotoxin on the planet — a.k.a. Botox.” Click here for full story.


Week of March 27, 2019

Limited Guidance Available on Use of Corticosteroid Injections for Knee Arthritis
Healio: “Although corticosteroid injections appear to offer short-term benefits regarding pain and function for patients with knee arthritis, a presenter here noted no guidance is available in the terms of frequency and dosage.” Click here for full story.

Beyond Opioids: Safe, Effective Treatments for 4 Common Kinds of Pain
Washington Post: “If you spend the day wincing from arthri­tis, back pain, a recent surgery or serious headaches, your doctor might suggest that you try a powerful opioid medication. But that’s not your only option, and it shouldn’t be your first.” Click here for full story.

This Endometriosis App Can Change The Way We View Women’s Health
Huff Post: “[A] need for data led [Noemie] Elhadad to create Phendo, an app that allows sufferers to track their endometriosis symptoms, treatments and self-management strategies. ‘I want to change the mental model of the way the disease is diagnosed,’ explained Elhadad. By asking patients directly to share their experiences, she and other researchers can build catalogs of symptoms, which in turn can help women get diagnosis and treatment at an earlier stage.” Click here for full story.

For Migraine Sufferers With Obesity, Losing Weight Can Decrease Headaches
Science Daily: “For migraine sufferers with obesity, losing weight can decrease headaches and improve quality of life, researchers from Italy and the United States report. The results of their meta-analysis will be presented Saturday, March 23 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La.” Click here for full story.


Week of March 20, 2019

Groundbreaking Blood Test Detects Fibromyalgia
Medical News Today: “New research finds an accurate way of diagnosing fibromyalgia and differentiating it from other related conditions. Using blood samples and innovative techniques, scientists have detected a “molecular fingerprint” that is unique to the condition.” Click here for full story.

These 10 Migraine Myths are Hogwash
Cleveland Clinic: “If you’re a card-carrying member of the migraine community, you know that the term “headache” doesn’t come close to describing migraine pain. When a migraine strikes, it can be a debilitating, MAKE-IT-STOP experience. Many people live in fear of the next life-disrupting migraine attack. There are a lot of migraine myths out there. And neurologist MaryAnn Mays, MD, debunks them one by one.” Click here for full story.

IBD: New Approach to Symptom Relief Looks Promising
Medical News Today: “Treatments that target inflammation directly don’t work for many people with inflammatory bowel disease. Now, new research suggests that blocking a protein involved in blood clotting could be a promising alternative.” Click here for full story.

Diabetics More Likely to Report Back Pain
Reuters: “People with diabetes are more likely to report back and neck pain, but it’s still unclear if diabetes is the cause of their pain, a research review concludes. Diabetes was associated with a 35 percent higher likelihood of reporting back pain, in an analysis of five studies with a total of 131,431 people, and with a 24 percent greater risk of neck pain, according to two studies with 6,560 people.” Click here for full story.

Brains’s Sodium Level Linked to Migraine Risk: Study
India New England News: “A team of US researchers have found a link between migraines and how sodium is distributed through the brain, a finding that could be key to future research on treatments for millions of affected people.” Click here for full story.

Why People With Endometriosis Are Photographing Their Scars
Refinery29: “’I got sick when I was 13 years old, and I didn’t get better,’ says Georgie Wileman, a 30-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn. ‘I struggled, but tried to live a normal life between ambulance trips and hospital stays. I was in and out of a wheelchair from pain and fatigue… yet I didn’t get a diagnosis until I reached 26.’ The diagnosis? Endometriosis” Click here for full story.

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