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    1. Short Bursts of Activity Ease Fibromyalgia

      March 29, 2010 -- Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing if you are among the 10 million Americans living with the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia. Yet a new study shows that incorporating short bursts of physical activity into the day makes fibromyalgia patients feel and function bet

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    2. Living With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

      Jackie Yencha is somebody who gets things done -- as much as possible. She has been coping with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue most of her life. But she pushed through college, got married, is raising two kids, and holds a top-level volunteer position with a fibromyalgia advocacy agency. She and h

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    3. Naltrexone May Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

      April 17, 2009 -- An inexpensive drug called naltrexone may make a good treatment for fibromyalgia, report researchers at Stanford University. Naltrexone isn't a new drug; it's been around for more than 30 years and is used to treat opioid addiction. Stanford's Jarred Younger, PhD, and Sean Mackey,

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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