A small sham-controlled trial has shown significant differences in pain processing among fibromyalgia patients who used an FDA-approved device for at-home cranial electrical stimulation. It is evidently the first study to use fMRI to test the concept.
Pain is the main problem that sends patients to rheumatologists, but studies of medication for rheumatic disorders such as RA have focused on inflammation, not pain. A review points out what is not known currently about analgesia in inflammatory arthritis and urgently needs to be studied.
(AUDIO) A new paradigm in pain research provides simple ways to identify patients with disorders like arthritis or lupus who won't respond to standard treatments. Pain expert Daniel Clauw MD gives the details in this podcast.
New studies explore the neurology and psychology of pain in FM, patient knowledge, and evidence-based practice. The 2012 Canadian Fibromyalgia Guidelines recommend care by primary practitioners, not specialists.