This Week in Chronic Pain Management News


Week of January 2, 2019

Migraine Patch Providing Quicker Pain Relief For Patients
CBS Boston: “An experimental treatment for migraine headaches is showing real promise for sufferers of the often-chronic condition… Doctor Spierings showed us how the patch from Zosano Pharma works. The system uses tiny needles coated with medication to deliver a migraine drug right into the bloodstream.” Click here for full story.

Study Identifies Largest Contributors to Fatigue Among People With Systemic Lupus
Lupus Foundation of America: “A recent study published in Lupus evaluated the contribution of six variables (disease activity, insomnia, depression, stress, pain and physical health) to fatigue in people with SLE who do not have fibromyalgia.” Click here for full story.

Smoking Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia
Clinical Pain Advisor: “Smoking tobacco is a risk factor for cognitive dysfunction in patients with fibromyalgia (FM), according to a study presented at the 17th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, a meeting of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, held from Nov. 15 to 17 in San Antonio.” Click here for full story.

Julianne Hough on How Endometriosis Helped Her Step Into Her Power
Self: “Julianne Hough dealt with severe pain for years before finding out she had endometriosis. The actress, dancer, and singer was finally diagnosed with the reproductive health condition after pelvic pain sent her to the hospital following a Dancing with the Stars performance in 2008.” Click here for full story.


Week of December 19, 2018

Study Dives Deep Into Lower Back Pain Treatments
UW Medicine: “Science does not yet tell us why various therapies for low back pain benefit some individuals but not others. A researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine reasons that if we could understand why some patients benefit from certain therapies, we’d be closer to personalizing treatments for individuals.” Click here for full story.

6 Foods That Could Be Tied to Fibromyalgia Pain
Reader’s Digest: “About four million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain all over the body accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues… We’ve consulted with experts to find the foods that could possibly trigger fibromyalgia pain even if science has yet to distinguish a concrete connection between the two.” Click here for full story.

Video: Sexual Health, Fertility Concerns Are ‘Very Real’ in IBD
Healio: “Physicians need to do a better job of recognizing what influence inflammatory bowel disease has on their patients’ quality of life, according to Anita Afzali, MD, medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.” Click here for full story.

Endometriosis and Weight Gain: What’s the Link?
Medical News Today: “Endometriosis causes endometrial tissue, which usually lines the uterus, to develop outside of the uterus. It can cause chronic pain, heavy or irregular periods, and infertility. Some people also report weight gain and bloating.” Click here for full story.

Migraine May Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Women
Healio: “Women with active migraine were at lower risk for type 2 diabetes, according to findings recently published in JAMA Neurology. Researchers reviewed questionnaires from 76,403 women (mean age, 61 years) without type 2 diabetes that were part of a previously existing cohort in France… There was a lower risk for type 2 diabetes in women with active migraine vs. women with no migraine history.” Click here for full story.

Endometriosis After a Cesarean Delivery: What to Know
Medical News Today: “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.


Week of December 12, 2018

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 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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