meditation helps releve pain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by herbqueen, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. herbqueen

    herbqueen New Member

    Interesting study on pain relief through meditation. My experience has been that if I mediate on a regular basis-it helps my body heal and improves my sleep. I have to do it every day though.
  2. KerryK

    KerryK Member

    Interesting article. However, there is recent research showing that there is no real benefit for FMS. It appears that upon surveying the studies out there that they are often contradictory. Who knows? However, if it helps you, great!

    Pain. 2011 Feb;152(2):361-9. Epub 2010 Dec 13.
    Treating fibromyalgia with mindfulness-based stress reduction: results from a 3-armed randomized controlled trial.
    Schmidt S, Grossman P, Schwarzer B, Jena S, Naumann J, Walach H.
    SourceDepartment of Environmental Health Sciences, University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany.

    Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a structured 8-week group program teaching mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga exercises. MBSR aims to help participants develop nonjudgmental awareness of moment-to-moment experience. Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome with chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia as major symptoms. Efficacy of MBSR for enhanced well-being of fibromyalgia patients was investigated in a 3-armed trial, which was a follow-up to an earlier quasi-randomized investigation. A total of 177 female patients were randomized to one of the following: (1) MBSR, (2) an active control procedure controlling for nonspecific effects of MBSR, or (3) a wait list. The major outcome was health-related quality of life (HRQoL) 2 months post-treatment. Secondary outcomes were disorder-specific quality of life, depression, pain, anxiety, somatic complaints, and a proposed index of mindfulness. Of the patients, 82% completed the study. There were no significant differences between groups on primary outcome, but patients overall improved in HRQoL at short-term follow-up (P=0.004). Post hoc analyses showed that only MBSR manifested a significant pre-to-post-intervention improvement in HRQoL (P=0.02). Furthermore, multivariate analysis of secondary measures indicated modest benefits for MBSR patients. MBSR yielded significant pre-to-post-intervention improvements in 6 of 8 secondary outcome variables, the active control in 3, and the wait list in 2. In conclusion, primary outcome analyses did not support the efficacy of MBSR in fibromyalgia, although patients in the MBSR arm appeared to benefit most. Effect sizes were small compared to the earlier, quasi-randomized investigation. Several methodological aspects are discussed, e.g., patient burden, treatment preference and motivation, that may provide explanations for differences. In a 3-armed randomized controlled trial in female patients suffering from fibromyalgia, patients benefited modestly from a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention.

    Copyright © 2010 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    PMID: 21146930 [PubMed - in process]
  3. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    This is a very interesting study. I think another factor may be if we feel better we are more likely to meditate. When I am in extreme pain I don't think even meditation would help.

    Anything that relaxes a person, will help take the edge off of the pain but certainly not a substitute for pain medication.

    Take care.