News Item: Pain relief improves fm sufferers' lives

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  1. dunnlb

    dunnlb New Member

    Pain relief improves fibromyalgia sufferers'lives Fri Aug 26, 3:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research indicates that moderate-to-severe fibromyalgia pain can dramatically impair health-related quality of life for people with the condition. The good news is that effective pain relief can greatly improve the situation.

    Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition marked by widespread muscular and joint pain, as well as specific "tender" points that typically occur in the neck, spine, hips and shoulders. Pain is not the only symptom, as sleep disturbances and fatigue, depression and irritable bowel syndrome are often present.

    The latest findings, which appear in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, are based on an analysis of data from a clinical trial comparing the combination painkiller tramadol-plus-acetaminophen (brand name, Ultracet) with inactive "placebo" treatment for relief of fibromyalgia pain.

    The health-related quality of life of the 313 men and women who participated in the study was assessed with two standardized questionnaires and compared with the quality of life of a national sample of adults and of people with heart failure.

    In all areas of quality of life the fibromyalgia patients scored lower than the national sample of adults, and lower in many aspects than heart failure patients as well, Dr. Robert M. Bennett, from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and colleagues report.

    As anticipated, the degree of fibromyalgia pain was directly related to the impairment in health-related quality of life seen, but improvement in pain severity with tramadol/acetaminophen treatment led to better quality of life.

    "This study provides evidence that reducing pain can reduce the burden of fibromyalgia during a 3-month period," the team says. Further studies are needed to see if addressing non-pain symptoms of fibromyalgia can provide additional improvements in health-related quality of life.

    SOURCE: Arthritis & Rheumatism, August 15, 2005.
  2. schaken

    schaken New Member

    Thanks for the info. Did that just figure out that pain level affects quality of life.

    I think that we have all known this for as long as we have had this DD.

    Anyway, at least the article was out there for others to find out and become more informed.

    Leslie
  3. Bruin63

    Bruin63 Member

    I'm going to print it out and give to my Dr.s, because I am always telling them that my Pain is the worst Symptom, and that is what, wakes me up and when I Flare, Sleep is almost Impossible,

    again Thanks,
    Sharonk
  4. elsa

    elsa New Member



    The more studies that are completed and more articles written means more help and support for us down the road. It really seems Fibromyalgia is becoming more and more accepted.

    Thanks for posting this ...

    Elsa
  5. lamchop

    lamchop New Member

    I did a search on this drug and part of the information was that it was for Short term (5 days or less) pain relief! Nothing I know about Fibro is 'short term'

    I question the safety of its long term use
  6. elsa

    elsa New Member


    Most of the drugs we take aren't approved for long term use according to their company literature. My drug store pamphlet says that if on for long term ... and want to go off of it, need to back down little by little.

    Other then AD's and some seizure medications, we CFS/FM patients are stuck with seeing things like that.
    Tramadol, ultracet, ambien, klonopin , xyrem ... on and on
    ..... sigh.

    Looking forward to when there are medications out there strictly for CFS/FM.

    Thanks for posting the heads up ..., but I gotta stay with what gives me some bit of normalcy without drugging me out.

    Elsa
    [This Message was Edited on 08/26/2005]
  7. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    I definitely think that it has helped my quality of life. Ultracet is used for a wide variety of types of pain, and it is one med that rheumys feel does help FMS symptoms. It also help arthritis.

    The warnings do say "not for long term use." However, arthritis sufferers and people with FMS aren't short term, and the drug is accepted for use with arthrits and FMS. I would rather take this drug than any other type of drug used for arthritis as it appears to be less harmful than others. I defintely would rather take it than an opiate as I am allergic to all opiate derivatives and would simply have an anaphylactic reaction if I took an opiate and that would "do me in" (I wear a medic alert for that one).

    When I had my hysterectomy, I could only take motrin . . what misery that was! Most have morphine drip for that one. My biggest fear is that one day I will have a pain that I will not be able to tolerate at all, then what?

    My Ultracet, Celexa, and Neurontin are my "mainstays" for pain. Also, a nice hot bath . . and, my favorite a wonderful body massage when I can endulge in that one!
  8. Sue50

    Sue50 New Member

    has recomended this med before, I told my DR about him saying it could improve the quality of life for FM people and she finally gave me some!! she wouldn't give me anything for the pain before I told her this.
    Sue
  9. KelB

    KelB New Member

    I find it hard to believe that doctors seriously needed a piece of medical research to tell them that unremitting pain can affect someone's quality of life.

    Do they all have their heads up their armpits?

    They might be highly qualified, but some of them obviously don't have the sense they were born with.
    [This Message was Edited on 08/27/2005]