This Week in Chronic Pain Management News


Week of November 28, 2018

Can Weighted Blankets Help with Fibromyalgia?
Red Orbit: “Weighted blankets are getting a lot of attention these days. Fans of weighted blankets claim that they relieve anxiety and insomnia, as well as potentially helping children with autism and sensory integration disorders. But some people with fibromyalgia are exploring the possibility that weighted blankets may provide comfort to them, too. Here is some more background information on whether weighted blankets can work for fibromyalgia relief.” Click here for full story.

Chronic Migraine Associated With Increased Risk for Poor Sleep Quality
Neurology Advisor: “Patients with chronic vs episodic migraine may be at increased risk for sleep apnea and poor sleep quality, according to a study published in Headache.” Click here for full story.

Behavioral Treatment Improves Gut Function in Patients With IBD
Healio: “A gut-directed, pelvic floor behavioral treatment regimen helped improve symptoms of fecal incontinence and constipation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease who did not respond to medical therapy, according to research published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.” Click here for full story.

8 Celebrities You Didn’t Know have Endometriosis
Elle: “Endometriosis affects 176 million women around the world, and some of our favourite celebrities are far from immune to the often debilitating condition… Here, some our favourite stars open up about their experience with the condition.” Click here for full story.


Week of November 21, 2018

Brain Inflammation Seen for First Time in Fibromyalgia
Medscape: “Researchers have reported for the first time that they have found inflammation in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia… The researchers write that although there has been mounting evidence that brain inflammation plays some role in fibromyalgia, this research is the first to show direct evidence of brain glial activation in the poorly understood and difficult-to-treat chronic condition.” Click here for full story.

Functional Disability Progression More Rapid in Postmenopausal Women With RA
Rheumatology Advisor: “In postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), functional disability progression occurs more rapidly compared with in premenopausal women, according to results from a study published in Rheumatology.” Click here for full story.

Clinically Meaningful Improvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis Assessed With RAPID-3
Rheumatology Advisor: “To monitor patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a routine care setting, the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID-3) recognizes an improvement of 3.8 units as clinically meaningful, according to study results published in The Journal of Rheumatology.” Click here for full story.

Migraines Mimicking Stroke Still Pose Diagnostic Challenges
MedPage Today: “Migraine with aura is one of the three most common conditions, along with seizures and psychiatric disorders, that mimic stroke and can lead to inappropriate thrombolytic treatment, a researcher said here.” Click here for full story.

Frankincense Could Become a Vital Part of Treating Arthritis, Research Shows
The Sun: “Scientists have found that compounds within it can attach themselves to proteins that cause inflammation — such as arthritis — and block them. The trees, native to Africa and Asia, probably produce the compounds as protection against insect or fungal attack, experts believe.” Click here for full story.


Week of November 14, 2018

Nashville Woman Overcomes Battle With Chronic Pain Without Painkillers
News 4 Nashville: “A Nashville woman overcame her battle with chronic pain, without painkillers…She undergoes aqua, physical, and occupational therapy, and hypnosis on a regular basis.” Click here for full story.

Your Child and Chronic Pain: How to ‘Dial Down’ the Agony
Washington Post: “My first goal is to help parents understand that psychological treatments are among the best tools to reduce chronic pain, regardless of what is causing the pain.” Click here for full story. 

Migraine and Heart Problems: When One Illness Leads to Another
Consumer Reports: “Certain illnesses may put you at risk of having another—a so-called partner condition—come along for the ride. For instance, high blood pressure may help boost diabetes risks.” Click here for full story.

Video: Diet Low in Short-Chain Carbs Helps Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pain
Healio: “Many foods can exacerbate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but several randomized clinical trials show benefit of a low FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet…” Click here for full story.

People Spend Billions On Back Pain. This Expert Believes There’s A Simple Fix
Forbes: “Back pain is among the most common health complaints made by adults. But studies indicate that the problem may originate not in our back, but in how our feet evolved.” Click here for full story.

Managing Endometriosis Pain With Hormonal Contraceptives
Medscape: “Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) are commonly prescribed to women affected by endometriosis. A recent systematic review evaluated the evidence about the effect of COCs on endometriosis-related pain.” Click here for full story.

Week of November 7, 2018

Influenza Vaccination Low in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatology Advisor: “Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have a low influenza vaccination rate, despite the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for these patients to be vaccinated annually, according to data presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.” Click here for full story.

I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Announces Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki
Everyday Health: “Once Caroline Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she began to understand that unlike most athlete injuries that have a finish line for recovery, RA is a chronic disease that requires a lifetime of management.” Click here for full story.

Achilles Tendon Damage Prevalent in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Medscape: “Enthesitis in the Achilles tendon is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and is easily detected using ultrasound, new data show. Being aware of this can mean that patients are diagnosed earlier and treated more effectively, which can improve quality of life…” Click here for full story.

FDA Clears Ultrapotent Opioid Despite Outsiders’ Warnings
MedPage Today: “The FDA approved a controversial and powerful new opioid product — sufentanil sublingual tablets (Dsuvia) — on Friday for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain, ignoring those sounding the alarm over the drug’s potential for abuse.” Click here for full story.

Guidelines on the Use of OnabotulinumtoxinA for Chronic Migraine
Clinical Pain Advisor: “In a consensus statement by the European Headache Federation published in the Journal of Headache and Pain, researchers and pain experts formulated guidelines for the use of onabotulinumtoxinA for the management of chronic migraine. The guideline includes recommendations on onabotulinumtoxinA dosing, treatment initiation, and termination.” Click here for full story.

How Artificial Intelligence May Help People With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Healthline: “Tools such as chatbots can make some aspects of RA treatment easier, but there’s still some skepticism from people with the condition.” Click here for full story.

Lupus Patients Can Benefit From Counseling Others, Study Shows
Lupus News Today: “Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients who volunteer for phone counseling with other lupus patients also benefit significantly from the experience, reporting reduced isolation and an increased ability to cope with their own disease, a study found.” Click here for full story.

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