Researchers say pain from fibromyalgia is real

Not that it’s news to those of us who have it, but it’s good to be val­i­dat­ed!

Fibromyal­gia often has been mis­di­ag­nosed as arthri­tis or even a psy­cho­log­i­cal issue. Increas­ing­ly, though, the sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge about fibromyal­gia is grow­ing, and a new paper from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem says there are “over­whelm­ing data” that the con­di­tion is real, is char­ac­ter­ized by a low­er pain thresh­old and is asso­ci­at­ed with genet­ic fac­tors that can make some peo­ple more like­ly to devel­op fibromyal­gia. …

It is time for us to move past the rhetoric about whether these con­di­tions are real, and take these patients seri­ous­ly as we endeav­or to learn more about the caus­es and most effec­tive treat­ments for these dis­or­ders,” says Richard E. Har­ris, Ph.D., research inves­ti­ga­tor in the Divi­sion of Rheuma­tol­ogy at the U-M Med­ical School’s Depart­ment of Inter­nal Med­i­cine and a researcher at the U-M Health System’s Chron­ic Pain and Fatigue Research Cen­ter.

The name of one of the authors of the paper, Dr. Daniel J. Clauw, will be famil­iar to many of you from oth­er stud­ies on fibromyal­gia. He says that, “In peo­ple with­out pain, these struc­tures encode pain sen­sa­tions nor­mal­ly. In peo­ple with fibromyal­gia, the neur­al activ­i­ty increased. These stud­ies indi­cate that fibromyal­gia patients have abnor­mal­i­ties with­in their cen­tral brain struc­tures.”

Sci­enceDai­ly: Pain From Fibromyal­gia Is Real, Researchers Say

December 1, 2006 · cyn · 11 Comments
Posted in: Fibromyalgia, From the news, Neurology, Pain

11 Responses

  1. Victoria - December 6, 2006

    Sure, it’s nice when our pain is val­i­dat­ed by some­one “in the know”; but now we need to get our “every­day” doc­tors to under­stand this too. The doc­tors who have such a heavy case load, that they don’t have time to learn any­thing new, and prob­a­bly don’t care because they are too tired. Sad­ly, these are prob­a­bly the major­i­ty avail­able for most of us right now. I think it’s going to be sev­er­al more years, when they are actu­al­ly teach­ing this in physi­cians school as part of their reg­u­lar course, before we start see­ing more “every­day” doc­tors with this knowl­edge and under­stand­ing.

  2. fmsra - December 8, 2006

    We all know it is real pain. We are real peo­ple. It is sad, when some­thing which affects so many peo­ple need to be “val­i­dat­ed” by peo­ple do not have it to be tak­en seri­ous­ly. Oth­er­wise, it is all psy­cho­log­i­cal. Sigh…

  3. tituspullo@myway.com - June 15, 2007

    Algia in ancient Greek means pain. Peo­ple with fibromyal­gia are aware of the pain and don’t need an expen­sive research to tell them this fact. So, spend mon­ey wise­ly try­ing to relief that “algia”.

  4. softer1313@yahoo.com - June 22, 2007

    A lot of anti “algia” drugs are tox­ic for human body. A plants based drug will be effec­tive and it will induce less dam­age.

  5. koko@kokolo.com - July 11, 2007

    Dis­or­ders should be treat­ed with the newest meth­ods avail­able and con­sid­er­able amounts of mon­ey should be giv­en in order for these meth­ods to be improved.

  6. famir@myway.com - August 17, 2007

    They’re not sim­ply mis­in­ter­pret­ing Fibromyal­gia with rheuma­toid relat­ed syn­dromes; they even usu­al­ly pre­scribe the same med­ica­tion for both dis­eases. But we have to admit the pain relief med­ica­tion used for arthri­tis works for Fibromyal­gia as well.

  7. cyn - August 17, 2007

    Famir, I have to dis­agree with you.

    I don’t know any fibromites who find much real relief from the med­ica­tions that help with osteoarthri­tis — for instance, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry drugs can­not, by def­i­n­i­tion, touch the pain of fibromyal­gia, because there is no inflam­ma­tion involved. Cele­brex and sim­i­lar med­ica­tions don’t help, either — I’ve tried quite a few, and my expe­ri­ence (no relief) has been ver­i­fied by a great many oth­er fibromyal­gia patients. I have nev­er heard of any doc­tor pre­scrib­ing Humi­ra, Enbrel, Methotrex­ate, or even Sul­fasalazine, which are used to treat rheuma­toid arthri­tis, as a fibromyal­gia treat­ment. The dis­eases are very dif­fer­ent.

    I have FMS, migraines, osteoarthri­tis, and rheuma­toid dis­or­ders. I can dis­tin­guish between the dif­fer­ent types of pain fair­ly well. To be hon­est, ibupro­fen has always giv­en me bet­ter results in con­trol­ling my OA than any oth­er med­ica­tion. It doesn’t do any­thing for the oth­er con­di­tions, though. FWIW, the nar­cot­ic pain reliev­ers I take don’t work as well if I skip the ibupro­fen, because I do need its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effect at all times.

  8. Andrea - September 3, 2007

    We have to take care with this med­i­cines. They are very dan­ger­ous we will became addict­ed and we will have oth­er prob­lems. There are many peo­ples that need a drug reha­bil­i­ta­tion because of mar­i­jua­na and oth­er drugs we don’t have to be in there place.

  9. cyn - September 3, 2007

    We have to take care with every med­i­cine, Andrea, whether it’s for, pre­scribed or not.

    You said in anoth­er com­ment that you had to go into a nar­cotics reha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram in the past, so I can under­stand your cau­tion. Research has shown, though, over and over again, that chron­ic and severe pain patients sel­dom get addict­ed to pain med­ica­tions unless there is a pre­vi­ous his­to­ry of abuse or oth­er fac­tors to con­sid­er. Those peo­ple are screened out by every legit­i­mate pain man­age­ment spe­cial­ist I’ve ever heard of, so their main issue is get­ting any pain relief when they do have a prob­lem due to their pri­or his­to­ry.

    I hope that you don’t ever need pain man­age­ment treat­ment. I’ve encoun­tered peo­ple in that sit­u­a­tion and it’s heart­break­ing.

  10. sabina.buruiana@gmail.com - September 26, 2007

    Imag­ine the com­pli­ca­tions you can achieve by a bad pre­scrip­tion. These things are not to be messed with.

  11. cyn - October 4, 2007

    Softer1313, I’m afraid that there’s noth­ing inher­ent­ly “safer” about plant-based med­ica­tions. Remem­ber, opi­ates come from pop­pies!