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  1. FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Savella for the management of fibromyalgia. Savella belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which include some antidepressants. The drug companies behind Savella -- Forest Laboratories Inc. a

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  2. Antidepressants Help Treat Fibromyalgia

    Jan. 13, 2009 -- Certain antidepressants can be effective treatments for fibromyalgia, but it is not clear if they are good choices for long-term use, a new research analysis shows. Fibromyalgia remains a poorly understood and hard-to-treat disorder, characterized by widespread pain with no clear ca

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  3. Fibromyalgia a ‘Real Disease,’ Study Shows

    Nov. 3, 2008 -- A new brain scan study concludes that fibromyalgia is related to abnormalities of blood flow in the brain. "Fibromyalgia may be related to a global dysfunction of cerebral pain-processing," study author Eric Guedj, MD, of Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de la Timone, in Marseille, Fra

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  4. Exercise Can Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    Fibromyalgia is so difficult to diagnose that it can take years before patients understand what’s making their bodies ache. When Lynn Matallana began noticing unexplained pain and fatigue in 1993 -- “pain in every part of my body, pain that felt like acid in my veins” -- it took her nearly two years

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  5. FDA OKs Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia

    June 16, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the drug Cymbalta to treat fibromyalgia. That makes Cymbalta the first antidepressant approved to treat fibromyalgia, which is a chronic disorder of the muscles and related soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons. Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue,

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  6. Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana

    Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, is hard to treat and impossible to cure. With pain so debilitating, patients may wonder about trying medical marijuana to ease their discomfort. Still widely controversial, "medical marijuana" refers to the smoked form of the drug. It does not refer to the synt

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  7. Water Aerobics May Ease Fibromyalgia

    Feb. 21, 2008 -- Living with fibromyalgia may get better when patients work out in a pool. That's according to new fibromyalgia research from Spain, which reports that water aerobics "enhances the health-related quality of life in women with fibromyalgia." The researchers studied 33 women with fibro

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  8. Marijuana Ingredient May Cut Fibromyalgia Pain

    Feb. 19, 2008 -- Nabilone, a pain drug based on marijuana's active ingredient, may ease fibromyalgia pain. So say Canadian researchers, based on a preliminary, short-term study. The study included 40 fibromyalgia patients. First, they did three things: Rate the intensity of their fibromyalgia pain.

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  9. Fibromyalgia Patients More Sensitive?

    May 14, 2007 -- Fibromyalgia patients may have lower pain thresholds than people without fibromyalgia, according to a new research review. Fibromyalgia is a complex pain syndrome with symptoms including muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain points of the body. Its ex

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  10. Living With Fibromyalgia

    Before my fibromyalgia got as bad as it is now, I used to be an outdoorsy person. Now, even though I'm only 37, there are many days when I can't walk without a cane and times when migraines hit me so badly that I can't get out of bed. I've always had a very low pain threshold and problems sleeping.

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