Posts from the ‘Research’ Category

Wonder why pain meds don’t work?

A Bella reader sent this interesting article.


Lyrica Approved for Fibromyalgia

I recently read that the FDA has approved Lyrica for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It is a positive step in the right direction. At least, doctors, now, have something to prescribe. However, I will be posting an article on Bella Online soon discussing this drug and why it may or may not be helpful for some with fibromyalgia.

It Maybe Dopamine Afterall

Here is a tidbit of research from Dr. Blair Lamb’s newsletter.

Pain is Just Dop..amine

Researchers at University of Michigan studied the effects on the brain
after inducing pain upon normal subjects. The researchers induced pain
for 45-65 minutes by injecting a tracer into their jaw muscles.

They scanned their brains with a PET scan measuring dopamine receptors
in the brain before and during pain stimulation. They found that when
the pain stimulated the dopamine, the remaining dopamine receptors
were consumed. Those who had fewer remaining receptors in the brain
reported more pain. Those who released more dopamine in the study also
reported more pain.

The specific area affected in the brain was the top of the basal
ganglia. The more dopamine released into the basal ganglia in the
brain, the more the pain. Medications that affect dopamine receptors
have been used in treating chronic pain, and may suggest further
investigation or use. We shall see.

Information derived from Medical Post December 5, 2006, page 62

Fibromyalgia Study

One of our readers sent this information a few months ago. If the study is still going on, and you’re in this area, you may want to call for more information.

Not all studies are bad, I participated in one a few years ago that is receiving national attention now. And I hear of studies all of the time using alternative treatments, such as acupunture, and these treatments and medications are at no cost to the participants. In fact, some even reimburse you for transportation costs. So, this actually made be a breakthrough study.

Here is the information that was sent to me:

A local radio station in SC advertised about a clinical research study being done. To see if you qualify for the study, you call 1-888-41STUDY (1-888-417-8839).

I did not qualify for the study, but I did get some information. It is a 6-month study, where you visit one of the doctors participating in the study every two weeks. There is no charge for the doctor visits or medication.

The medication that they are testing is milnacipran. The drug is already FDA approved and according to my pharmacist is being used to treat depression and fibromyalgia.

Just wanted to let everyone know.

(suffer from CFS and FMS)
Chapin, SC

Thanks Shirley,

FibCFS Bella Editor

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