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    1. Tai Chi: Best Fibromyalgia Treatment?

      Aug. 18, 2010 -- Just 12 weeks of tai chi -- the slow-motion Chinese martial art -- relieved longstanding fibromyalgia symptoms and improved quality of life in a clinical trial. Compared with patients who received wellness education and stretching exercises, those who practiced tai chi saw their fib

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    2. A New Way of Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

      May 26, 2010 -- A new way of diagnosing fibromyalgia, by using a pain index and a measure of key symptoms and severity, may lead to more diagnoses and treatment, a new study says. The findings appear in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research. Until now, diagnosing the widespread pain disorder re

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    3. Sleep Drug May Treat Fibromyalgia Pain

      May 12, 2010 (Baltimore) -- The powerful sleeping medication Xyrem can help relieve the hallmark symptom of pain in people with fibromyalgia, suggests a study that pitted the drug against a placebo. More than half of people who took Xyrem reported at least a 30% improvement in pain, says Kim Dupree

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    4. People With Fibromyalgia Prone to Falls

      May 7, 2010 (Baltimore) -- People with fibromyalgia may be prone to falls due to balance problems, a small study suggests. The findings suggest that people with fibromyalgia can benefit from exercises to improve balance, says Kim Dupree Jones, PhD, of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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    5. Obesity May Raise Risk of Fibromyalgia

      April 29, 2010 -- Overweight and obese women -- especially those who do not exercise at all or exercise for less than an hour a week -- are at higher risk for developing the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia, according to new research in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research. "Being overwei

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    6. Fibromyalgia Gets Worse During Menstruation

      April 16, 2010 (Toronto) -- Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and a painful bladder condition called interstitial cystitis (IC) seem to get worse in some women right before and during menstruation, researchers report. All three are disorders of the autonomic nervous system. T

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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