New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Karolinska Institute, has shown that many of the symptoms in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain-sensing nerves throughout the body.
The results show that fibromyalgia is a disease of the immune system, rather than the currently held view that it originates in the brain.
The study, published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, demonstrates that the increased pain sensitivity, muscle weakness, reduced movement, and reduced number of small nerve-fibres in the skin that are typical of FMS, are all a consequence of patient antibodies.
‘Grounding’ or ‘Earthing’ is a treatment you often see advocated for fibromyalgia. Its bunken. Its made up pseudoscience. There is no one shred of evidence that grounding can help fibromyalgia.
Those that promote grounding it almost always have a product to sells to allegedly better help you connect to the earth. They claim things like that we can connect with the Earths negative surface charge by being barefoot or sleeping on their product that is grounded. This is apparently needed in order to balance your internal circuitry and restore a lost electrical charge to help things like improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, treat cardiovascular disease and allow for better sleep. They will claim that its the free radicals in our bodies which are lacking an unpaired valence electron, need to get those electrons from the Earth to balance out and restore our health. When you spend time indoors and in footwear its is claimed to break that this link with the Earth and that this can have negative consequences for our health. Going barefoot on the Earth or sleeping on a mattress that you can buy from them that is connected to the earth or grounded is claimed to restore our health. They use a lot of sciency sounding words to promote it or link to easy debunked or poorly done studies to support what they are saying.
Anyone with a basic understanding of physics will easily point out that the claims of those promoting grounding are totally wrong, do not stack up to scrutiny and the mechanism of balancing “electrons” is totally impossible. Electrons are electrons. There is nothing special about the electrons that are in the Earth. Pleas do not fall for the nonsense that is grounding, or their big words or there easily debunked YouTube videos. If there was something to grounding, then there would be by now some good science that supports it. There is none that stacks up to scrutiny.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most therapies now available for fibromyalgia are not backed by high-quality evidence for their effectiveness in reducing pain or improving quality of life (QOL), according to a new research review.
“Out of 65 different therapies included in our review, we only found high-quality evidence supporting the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies, antidepressants and central nervous system depressants,” Dr. Vinicius Cunha Oliveira of the Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri in Diamantina, Brazil, told Reuters Health by email.
“Although the certainty about the effectiveness of these therapies is high, their effect sizes may not be clinically meaningful to patients,” he added. “It should be considered by clinicians in the decision-making process and discussed with their patients.”
Fibro Formula supports the normal functions in the brain and body to maintain homeostasis in relation to balanced neurotransmitter and neuromuscular processes and responses
Magnesium is an essential mineral, responsible for numerous functions in the brain and body; supporting healthy levels maintains muscular and neuromuscular relaxation as well as healthy overall brain/body functions
PEA (palmitoylethanolimide) is an endogenous fatty acid amide produced naturally in the body and also found naturally in some foods. PEA has been shown to maintain a healthy response to stimuli and is increasingly being used to support homeostasis of the neuromuscular system
5-HTP assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Saffron supports an inhibitory effect on serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake which can therefore support maintenance of the body and the brain’s normal and natural process of response to stimuli and stress
Fibro Formula is trusted by our customers and doctors! Vitanica's products are made in our USA manufacturing facilities that are third-party certified and follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure they are of the highest quality and purity!
This cool I Am A Fibromyalgia Warrior graphic shows a quote and a purple awareness ribbon. Perfect for functional somatic syndrome support groups that promote education about cognitive behavioral therapy, pain medication, and eating a healthy diet.
This awesome Fibromyalgia fighter design is ideal for your mom, dad, daughter, son, husband, wife, men, or women that suffer from chronic pain and tiredness. Great for FM patients, survivors, fighters, and warriors for Fibromyalgia Awareness Month.
Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
Targeted Multi-Symptom Comfort - Unpredictable Pain? Bone Weary Exhaustion? Sensations? Sadness? Fibro Fog? NAVEH PHARMA meticulously selected every study-backed ingredient in this Fibromyalgia supplement for their GABA stimulating endocannabinoid, antioxidant, anti inflammatory and mood stabilizing properties to soothe your symptoms from every angle.
Conforms to FM Treatment Guidelines - How It Works: Because we know fibromyalgia is so much more than ‘exhaustion’ we formulated a deficiency refueling formula that supports the 87% reporting daily pain, 43% with severe mood disorders, the 70% who can’t escape headaches or digestive symptoms - using the most bioavailable patented form of magnesium (MAGNOX) Dead Sea Origin SAFFRON patented extract (Affron) , Vitamins B12, B6, D3 & Folic Acid at their most effective dose.
Power. Potency. Purity. Safety. Effect. - Zero Questionable Ingredients: Strict study back safety standards, meticulous formulation and grueling 3RD party testing is the only way to ensure this pain relief supplement supports the power, potency, purity, safety and effect you deserve, without the questionable fillers, chemicals or homeopathic ‘substances’.
Fast Acting - Extended Release: While quick-dissolving fibromyalgia vitamins stop working too quickly to predict your pain, NAVEH PHARMA supplement for fibromyalgia comes in an easy to swallow fibromyalgia capsule, custom formulated to support fast relief that actually lasts until your next dosage. Simply take 1 to 2 per day.
Natural, Safe, Gentle Relief - With over 10,000,000 families served since 1996 we realize that quality of life matters, so we only use only the gentlest, strongest, easiest to digest ingredients in their most absorbent form meaning most experience a noticeable improvement within two weeks of consistent, daily use.
I Wear Purple For My Wife is the perfect fibromyalgia awareness shirt gift for anyone that has a wife that battles fibromyalgia and wants to show her support & love,this battle will not be fought alone.Wear this tshirt and help raise public awareness.
This tee was made to help raise public awareness for fibromyalgia,not only in May,on Fibromyalgia Awareness Day,but all year round.Great apparel to wear with purple ribbon,bracelet,face mask,necklace & other Fibromyalgia Awareness products.
Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
The first thing to know about foam rolling is that there are a lot of nonsensical and made up claims for it with a lot of pseudoscience. The warning is be careful what you read about the use of foam rolling by the gurus and pseudo experts. The claims that get made for the use of foam rolling are not backed up by the scientific research on it. Having said that, it is useful. Athletes use it as part of a warm-up and recovery routines. It can help for some specific conditions such as self-massage for plantar fasciitis.
It does not loosen fascia, that is impossible. Its does not release toxins – that is a claim often made by the scientifically illiterate…. and so on. Do not believe the hype.
Given the muscle pain and trigger points in fibromyalgia, can it actually help beyond the hype and personal anecdotes that surrounds its use? While the research does show some benefits in athletes and muscle aches, there is an extraordinary lack of research on its use in fibromyalgia. There is this study (in Italian) that showed that in people with fibromyalgia that the group that used the foam roller did better than the control group on measures of depression, pain, anxiety and sleep quality. So that is a good finding and does support the use of foam rolling in fibromyalgia.
By all means, please try the foam roller. It does appear that it can help. Just do not fall for the hype, marketing and pseudoscience that gets claimed for it.
All you need to do is buy a foam roller (online or at the local sports shop) and find a program (online, in books, or get a personal trainer).
This item benefits from an Extended 90 Day Return Window
RELIEVE TIGHT MUSCLES - Creates pressure to release trigger points and loosen knots in muscles and improve overall flexibility, especially in commonly tight areas such as the back, calves, IT band, hamstrings, lats, and glutes
FIRM MASSAGE - High density foam structure provides a deeper massage than stand-ard foam rollers, and is firm enough to support all body types without losing shape after regular use
BODY AWARENESS – This versatile fitness tool offers instability for Pilates core exer-cises, rehab exercises, spine stabilization, and body-awareness
REDUCES SORENESS - Eases tightness in muscles after training for faster recovery and reduced soreness – a great addition to workout programs for beginners and ad-vanced users
The perfect gift for yourself , or a loved one that's into exercise and working out , this kit has it all -> Our classic triple zone massage roller with end caps for storage , great for deep tissue massage and stretching legs and lower back .
There's our premium massage stick for those hard-to-roll areas , like the quad , shin , and inner thigh . Control the intensity of the massage by pressing harder or softer with the handles . Flush lactic acid from muscle tissue after your workout .
After the deep tissue massager , the most important thing for your body is stretches . Our stretch strap is amazing for your hamstring and quads . Just wrap one end around your foot , and control the intensity by grabbing different handles .
Finally, 2 types of massage balls , both great tools for trigger point and myofascial release . Our double lacrosse ball is best for rolling the forearm , neck , and shoulders - our spike ball is great for the arches of your feet for plantar fasciitis .
All of this is backed by our lifetime manufacturer's warranty and 100% Satisfaction Guarantee , To purchase these items separately would cost over $75, making this a great value or a great gift (if you know anyone that likes massages...) ; )
Get Fit: Fed up with overpriced gym memberships? With our gym posters for home gym, you can customize your cardio, without the financial burn.
Convenient: Personal trainer approved, our fitness posters can be hung anywhere - from your high school to your home gym.
Comprehensive: This total body workout poster features a wide variety of exercises and infinite workout possibilities. Tone your core, arms, shoulders, back, glutes & legs all from the comfort of your home.
Easy to Follow: Complete with large visuals and text that help you maintain proper form, our fitness posters for men and women feature clearly illustrated executions of all exercises from start to finish.
Gift: Looking for a thoughtful gift for your gym buddy? No matter the occasion, our gym posters make a fun gift for anyone looking to take on a new fitness challenge.
12. 75 inches x 5. 25 inch diameter , lightweight yet rugged solid core massage roller with EVA tread and triple grid 3D massage zones mimics the finger , palm , and thumb of a therapist's hands .
Medium density muscle roller is comfortable to use - making it easy for beginners , but still effective at penetrating the soft tissue layer of tired muscles . Soft enough to use while in pain from lower back injury , sciatica or plantar fasciitis .
One of the best recovery tools to treat muscle pain , increase performance and flexibility. Rolling before and after exercise sis part of a great stretching routine . Increases blood flow to massage site , flushing away stored lactic acid .
Stretch overworked and strained muscles of the leg , arms , and feet by rolling during your warm up and cool downs . Provides instant benefit to the hamstring , IT band , glutes , and calves by delivering superior massages at home or in the gym .
Loved by runners , exercise athletes , yoga and pilates students , swimmers , physical or sports therapy patients , and aid those just doing a normal fitness workout . Great for the arch of the foot , and any part of the superior body but the spine or neck .
✅ BEST NO-PILL THERAPEUTIC STICK: Just a few minutes a day with your muscle massager roller will provide instant relief for spasms & cramps. This athletic roller lowers buildup of lactic acid & reaches deeply into muscle tissue
✅ NO-SQUEAK, ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Made with premium thermoplastic spindles & a solid stainless steel core, our stick roller massager gets rid of tightness & knots for myofascial release & trigger point therapy without noise, skin-pinching or leg hair-pulling!
✅ DESIGNED TO REACH YOUR WHOLE BODY: With Physix muscle stick roller, you can move around & reach muscles hard to access with a usual foam roller - neck, back, legs, arms, shoulders, calves, quads, shins, IT band, hips, feet, the whole body!
✅ USED BY THERAPISTS: Trainers & physiotherapists use & endorse Physix muscle therapy massage stick roller. Not just for athletes, those with IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, body muscle pains, or work out regularly, benefit from our massage rollers!
✅ BETTER THAN A FOAM ROLLER: You can move your deep tissue roller along your entire body & control the pressure, while a foam roller depends on how much weight you put on it. Best, you can use this massage roller by yourself!
Foam Rollers For Muscles – LuxFit High Density Foam Roller is great for Physical Therapy, before or after Exercise, Yoga, and Massage Therapy. Foam Muscle Rollers helps to relieve Muscles Tension and increase Muscle Reflexology. Form Roller. Body Roller
Foam Exercise Roller Helps Prevent Muscle Injury - Perfect for positioning, balance, postural and muscle re-education, spinal stabilization, body awareness and coordination, ranging and strengthening activities. Yoga - Fitness Foam Roller. Foam Roller for IT Band
Extra Firm Gym Foam Roller - Molded polypropylene foam technology has a 2 lbs. per cubic foot density, Smooth surface, Will not lose its shape after heavy use, and Repels Liquids. Trigger Point Foam Roller. Stretching Foam Roler
4 Sizes Available For All Your Needs – 36 Inch, 24 Inch, 18 Inch, 12 Inch. 36 Inch foam roller is our largest size. Black Foam Rollers are great for Back Pain and Back Exercises. Great for core stabilization, balance, and stamina. 6 Inch wide Round Foam Roller. Foam roller for physical therapy & exercise
Full 10 Year Limited Warranty - MADE IN THE USA! - with Free Online Instructional VIDEO - Using your own body weight let the faom roller do a MyoFascial release to provide Maximum Relaxation Relief. Deep Tissue Foam Roller Massage. Foam Roller for Back. Leg Roller. Exercise Roller
New Rochelle, NY, October 1, 2014–The cause of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome is not known. However, the results of a new study that compares brain activity in individuals with and without fibromyalgia indicate that decreased connectivity between pain-related and sensorimotor brain areas could contribute to deficient pain regulation in fibromyalgia, according to an article published in Brain Connectivity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Brain Connectivity website at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/brain.2014.0274 until November 1, 2014.
The new study by Pär Flodin and coauthors from Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) builds on previous findings in fibromyalgia that showed abnormal neuronal activity in the brain associated with poor pain inhibition. In the current study, “Fibromyalgia is Associated with Decreased Connectivity between Pain- and Sensorimotor Brain Areas”, the researchers report a pattern of “functional decoupling” between pain-related areas of the brain that process pain signals and other areas of the brain, such as those that control sensorimotor activity in fibromyalgia patients compared to healthy patients, in the absence of any external pain stimulus. As a result, normal pain perception may be impaired.
“Fibromyalgia is an understudied condition with an unknown cause that can only be diagnosed by its symptoms,” says Christopher Pawela, PhD, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Brain Connectivity and Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin. “This study by Flodin et al is an important first step in the understanding of how the brain is involved in the widespread pain perception that is characteristic of the disorder.”
About the Journal
Brain Connectivity is the essential peer-reviewed journal covering groundbreaking findings in the rapidly advancing field of connectivity research at the systems and network levels. Published 10 times per year in print and online, the Journal is under the leadership of Founding and Co-Editors-in-Chief Christopher Pawela, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Bharat Biswal, PhD, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology. It includes original peer-reviewed papers, review articles, point-counterpoint discussions on controversies in the field, and a product/technology review section. To ensure that scientific findings are rapidly disseminated, articles are published Instant Online within 72 hours of acceptance, with fully typeset, fast-track publication within 4 weeks. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Brain Connectivity website at http://www.liebertpub.com/brain.
Like any painful problem in fibromyalgia, any pain in the foot is probably going to be more painful. What might just be a not-so-bad problem foot problem in those without fibromyalgia, in those with fibromyalgia it is a more painful problem. The reason for that is the central sensitization of the nervous system in those with fibromyalgia that amplifies the pain.
Probably the most common musculoskeletal problem of the foot is plantar fasciitis which typically causes pain under the heel that is commonly worse when getting out of bed in the morning. The cause is to much load on the plantar fascia which is a strong ligament like structure that supports the arch of the foot. Heel pain in fibromyalgia is particularly problematic, not just because of the plantar fasciitis, but also because they are susceptible to trigger or tender spots in the muscles under the arch of the foot. This probably means that the management of these sorts of problems is going to be more difficult than the typical case of plantar fasciitis.
There is no doubt about this. The evidence and science is really clear on this: aerobic exercise is helpful in those with fibromyalgia and leads to significant improvements in the quality of life. There is no doubt on this and we all probably should be doing it anyway.
The nature of the aerobic exercise probably does not matter. There are plenty of options such a cycling, swimming, walking or running. Running or jogging is often the easiest as there are no constraints on when or where that you can do it. It is also the cheapest, as all you need is a good pair of running shoes. It is often best to start out with a slow walk, then as that is comfortable a fast walk, and then when that is comfortable, alternate a slow jog with walking. Only as your body get used to it should you up how fast you jog and how far you jog. The important thing is to increase distances and speed slowly and gradually.
It is also probably advisable to get advice from a physician or exercise physiologist if it has been a while since you have participated in any form of exercise.
The first thing you need to know about gout is that is really hurts, I mean really really hurts. A gout attack is very painful. Gout also typically and mostly affect the big toe joint of the foot. It also comes on suddenly. So if the pain you are experiencing is really bad, comes on suddenly and affects the big toe joint, then it probably gout. If it is not those things, then it is probably not gout. That does not mean that it is or is not, but its really one of probabilities, so it is probably best to get checked out by a physician if you experience this.
The flare ups that can occur in fibromyalgia do not have the same characteristics as those of gout. That does not mean that you do not have gout and if 3% of the general population have gout, then by chance 3% of those with fibromyalgia are probably going to have gout by chance. There is no evidence that gout is more common in those with fibromyalgia.
If you do have gout, then the diet is just as important as the diet for those with fibromyalgia should be. Higher urate levels are a problem in those with out. Its best to avoid foods that raise the urate levels ( eg beer, liquor, wine, potato, poultry, soft drinks, and meat) and consume more of the foods that reduce urate levels (eg eggs, peanuts, cold cereal, skimmed milk, cheese, brown bread, margarine, and non-citrus fruits).
Those who have fibromyalgia syndrome could have an increased intramuscular pressure, which could represent a new diagnostic aid in fibromyalgia syndrome and be a target for therapy to lessen muscle pressure, based on a study just published in The Journal of Rheumatology.
“This study directs attention to a peripheral target for both diagnosis and treatment that is not routinely monitored in clinical practice; intramuscular pressure, and hopefully provides a revised roadmap for a better understanding of pain in fibromyalgia syndrome,” wrote the authors, led by Robert S. Katz M.D., of the Rush Medical College from Chicago, Illinois.
People with fibromyalgia syndrome experience chronic pain, that is thought to come about via disordered central processing. The initial drugs for this chronic pain include things like pregabalin, duloxetine and milnacipran, that are useful to relieve the assumed central nervous system effect on widespread musculoskeletal pain. In the research, they question the common model of pain in fibromyalgia syndrome, looking to demonstrate that pain over the muscles is connected to increased intramuscular pressure.
The research included 108 people who met the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) requirements for fibromyalgia syndrome and 30 people who met the ACR criteria for a different rheumatic condition. Trapezius muscle pressure was assessed and participants had dolorimetry testing, digital palpation, and documented their pain scores.
The degree of pressure within the trapezius muscle of people with fibromyalgia syndrome resting was nearly 22 mm Hg higher than the pressure of the controls, with a mean pressure of 33.48 mm Hg versus 12.23 mm Hg, respectively. In 98 % of people with fibromyalgia syndrome, a pressure reading of 23 mm Hg or higher was recorded, which is greater when compared to a normal resting value of around 8 mm Hg.
People with fibromyalgia syndrome had been more tender than controls according to both dolorimetry and digital palpation (p<0.001 for both). The average pain rating in people with fibromyalgia syndrome and people with another rheumatic disease was 6.68 and 1.43, respectively (p<0.001). The researchers mentioned that these results are in line with prior evidence showing that pain and tenderness are frequent in the trapezius muscle of people with fibromyalgia syndrome, however they recommended that this pain/pressure connection needs more research.
“This is the first evidence of an abnormality in muscle pressure in fibromyalgia syndrome,” the researchers wrote. “Methods to reduce intramuscular pressure may be therapeutic.”
DARIEN, IL – A study in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that adults with fibromyalgia had a much higher prevalence and risk of restless legs syndrome than healthy controls.
The study suggests that treating RLS may improve sleep and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia. Results show that the prevalence of restless legs syndrome was about 10 times higher in the fibromyalgia group (33 percent) than among controls (3.1 percent). After statistical adjustments for potential confounders such as age, gender and ethnicity, participants with fibromyalgia were 11 times more likely than controls to have RLS (odds ratio = 11.2). As expected, considerable sleep disruption was reported by participants with fibromyalgia using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Insomnia Severity Index and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. In the fibromyalgia group these sleep problems were more severe among people who also had RLS. “Sleep disruption is common in fibromyalgia, and often difficult to treat,” said contributing author Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. “It is apparent from our study that a substantial portion of sleep disruption in fibromyalgia is due to restless legs syndrome.” The research team led by Dr. Watson and lead author Dr. Mari Viola-Saltzman of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, studied 172 people with fibromyalgia who had a mean age of 50 years; 93 percent were female. They were compared with 63 healthy controls who had a mean age of 41 years.
Fibromyalgia was identified by self-report or review of the medical records, and it was confirmed on examination according to published guidelines regarding the presence of pain that is chronic and widespread. Pain was assessed by subjective report and by objective measurement with a dolorimeter, a spring-loaded gauge that is used to apply standardized rates of pressure to tender points on the arms and legs. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue. It is estimated to affect 5 million Americans age 18 or older, and between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. The causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown.
Restless legs syndrome was diagnosed using a self-administered, validated questionnaire. RLS is a sleep-related movement disorder that involves an urge to move the legs that is usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the legs. This urge begins or worsens during periods of rest or inactivity, is partially or totally resolved by movement, and worsens or only occurs at night. RLS occurs 1.5 to two times more commonly in women than in men. Watson noted that treating restless legs syndrome may be one of the keys to reducing fatigue and improving quality of life in people with fibromyalgia. RLS often can be successfully treated with a medication such as pramipexole or ropinirole. “Since restless legs syndrome is a treatable condition, diagnosing and treating RLS in fibromyalgia patients has the potential to improve their sleep,” Watson said.
According to the authors, the cross-sectional nature of the study did not allow for an examination of causality. However, several aspects of the two syndromes suggest a logical overlap. Both disorders involve sensory abnormalities, and a similar pathophysiology of the system that regulates the neurotransmitter dopamine has been proposed for both syndromes. Furthermore, restless legs syndrome may be induced by antidepressants, which are a common treatment for pain and depression in fibromyalgia. Also, exercise has been shown to improve the symptoms of both syndromes. The study was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health and by the National Fibromyalgia Research Association.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.