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and disabling musculoskeletal pain disorder.”
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Deitos A, Dussan-Sarria JA, Medeiros L et al. 2014. Clinical Value of Serum Neuroplasticity Mediators in Identifying the Central Sensitivity Syndrome in Patients with Chronic Pain with and Without Structural Pathology. Clin J Pain. [Dec 30 Epub ahead of print.] "Central sensitivity syndrome (CSS) encompasses disorders with overlapping symptoms in a spectrum of structural pathology from persistent somatic nociception [e.g. Osteoarthritis (OA)] to absence of tissue injury such as in fibromyalgia, chronic tension-type headache (CTTH), and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)." This study found that: "Neuroplasticity mediators could play a role as screening tools for pain clinicians, and as validation of the complex and diffuse symptoms of these patients."
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De-la-Llave-Rincon AI, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Laguarta-Val S et al. 2011. Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 41(5):305-310. "Women with minimal, mild/moderate or severe CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) exhibited less cervical range of motion compared to women of a similar age, suggesting that restricted cervical range of motion may be a common feature in individuals with CTS, independent of severity subgroups, as defined by electrodiagnosis. Future research should investigate cervical range of motion as a possible consequence or causative factor of CTS and related symptoms." [Inter-related TrPs in the neck, shoulder and arm must be investigated before surgery is considered, as must potential interactions of discs and facets that could be moderated with less invasive techniques. DJS]
De-la-Llave-Rincon AI, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, Palacios-Cena D et al. 2009. Increased forward head posture and restricted cervical range of motion in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 39(9):658-664. "Patients with mild/moderate CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) exhibited a greater FHP (forward head posture) and less cervical range of motion, as compared to healthy controls. Additionally, a greater FHP was associated with a reduction in cervical range of motion." [Nerve entrapment by TrPs can exist all along the median nerve. Forward head posture is a perpetuating factor of TrPs. DJS.]
de-la-Llave-Rincon AI, Puentedura EJ, Fernandez-de-Las-Penas C. 2012. New advances in the mechanisms and etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome. Discov Med. 13(72):343-348. "Some studies have demonstrated that patients with CTS exhibit sensory symptoms not only within the areas innervated by the median nerve but also in extra-median regions, i.e., forearm or shoulder. It has also been demonstrated that patients with CTS may exhibit widespread pressure hypersensitivity and generalized thermal hyperalgesia, but not hypoesthesia, which is not related to electro-diagnostic findings. In addition, fine motor control and pinch grip force disturbances have been found to be commonly observed in this patient population. All these data suggest that central sensitization mechanisms are involved in the somato-sensory and motor disturbances found in CTS, probably related to cortical plastic changes. The presence of sensitization mechanisms could play an important role in the development of bilateral sensory symptoms in CTS and also can determine the therapeutic strategies for this condition. We propose that therapeutic interventions applied to individuals with CTS should include approaches that would modulate nociceptive barrage into the central nervous system."
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2005. Referred pain from the trochlear region in tension-type
headache: a myofascial trigger point from the superior oblique
muscle. Headache 45(6):731-737. This blinded,
controlled study indicates that myofascial trigger points in the
superior oblique muscle may cause or contribute to typical tension
headache pain. [This study confirms the presence of myofascial
trigger points in at least one of the extrinsic eye muscles, as per
the 2nd edition of “Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial
Pain: A Survival Manual. TrPs in the extrinsic eye muscles may
be diagnosed and treated by use of eye exercises in that book.]
Delavierre D, Rigaud J, Sibert L et al. 2010 [Symptomatic approach to referred chronic pelvic and perineal pain and posterior ramus syndrome.] Prog Urol 20(12):990-994. [French] Referred pain is common in the pelvis. Posterior ramus syndrome [a description, not a diagnosis DJS] can be responsible for "...pseudovisceral lower abdominal pain, fibromyalgia, pseudotendinitis, and painful bands in a given dermatome. The usual cause of posterior ramus syndrome is minor intervertebral dysfunction involving a posterior facet joint, usually at T12-L1. Only a thorough physical examination can demonstrate the painful vertebral segment." [The facet syndrome itself may be caused or be interacting with TrPs in the paraspinals. DJS]
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Neuroscientist 10(1):40-52. Modulation of central nervous system glial cells and
proinflammatory cytokines may not only contribute to central sensitization but also decrease the effectiveness of opioids. The role of neuroinflammation and interstitial swelling can be integral parts of central sensitization.
“…there is now increasing evidence suggesting that the CNS mounts an organized innate immune response during systemic infection and neuronal injury.”
Also interesting is the observation of cellular adhesion molecules in the lumbar spinal cord following peripheral inflammatory stimuli.
This may indicate a similar process occurring in the central nervous system similar to the myofascial cellular adhesion in response to mechanical or biochemical trauma.
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The role of neuroinflammation and interstitial swelling can be
integral parts of central sensitization. " …there
is now increasing evidence suggesting that the CNS mounts an organized
innate immune response during systemic infection and neuronal
injury." Also interesting is the observation of cellular adhesion
molecules in the lumbar spinal cord following peripheral inflammatory
stimuli. This may indicate a
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of the relatives with hereditary myopathies also had these co-existing
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[More information is coming out concerning the relationship
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perpetuation of myofascial TrPs, this study may suggest some mechanisms
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de Souza Nascimento S, Desantana JM, Nampo FK et al. 2013. Efficacy and safety of medicinal plants or related natural products for fibromyalgia: a systematic review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. [Jun 4 Epub ahead of print.] "To assess the effects of medicinal plants (MPs) or related natural products (RNPs) on fibromyalgia (FM) patients, we evaluate the possible benefits and advantages of MP or RNP for the treatment of FM based on eight randomized placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) involving 475 patients. The methodological quality of all studies included was determined according to JADAD and "Risk of Bias" with the criteria in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions 5.1.0. Evidence suggests significant benefits of MP or RNP in sleep disruption, pain, depression, joint stiffness, anxiety, physical function, and quality of life. Our results demonstrated that MP or RNP had significant effects on improving the symptoms of FM compared to conventional drug or placebo; longer tests are required to determine the duration of the treatment and characterize the long-term safety of using MP, thus suggesting effective alternative therapies in the treatment of pain with minimized side effects. "
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de Tommaso M, Federici A, Serpino C et al. 2011. Clinical features of headache patients with fibromyalgia comorbidity. J Headache Pain. [Aug 17 Epub ahead of print]. "Our previous study assessed the prevalence of fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome in migraine and tension-type headache. We aimed to update our previous results, considering a larger cohort of primary headache patients who came for the first time at our tertiary headache ambulatory. A consecutive sample of 1,123 patients was screened. Frequency of FM in the main groups and types of primary headaches; discriminating factor for FM comorbidity derived from headache frequency and duration, age, anxiety, depression, headache disability, allodynia, pericranial tenderness, fatigue, quality of life and sleep, and probability of FM membership in groups; and types of primary headaches were assessed. FM was present in 174 among a total of 889 included patients.... Headache frequency, anxiety, pericranial tenderness, poor sleep quality, and physical disability were the best discriminating variables for FM comorbidity, with 81.2% sensitivity. Patients presenting with chronic migraine and chronic tension-type headache had a higher probability of sharing the FM profile..... A phenotypic profile where headache frequency concurs with anxiety, sleep disturbance, and pericranial tenderness should be individuated to detect the development of diffuse pain in headache patients." [It is very likely that the headaches and localized tenderness, and perhaps some of the other symptoms as well, were due to co-existing myofascial TrPs rather than FM. The FM simply amplified the symptoms. DJS]
de Tommaso M, Nolano M, Iannone F et al. 2013. Update on laser-evoked potential findings in fibromyalgia patients in light of clinical and skin biopsy features. J Neurol. [Dec 24 Epub ahead of print.] "In fibromyalgia (FM), reduced habituation of laser-evoked potentials (LEPs) suggests a dysfunction of pain processing at a central level. In this study, we aimed to further examine the nociceptive pathways at the peripheral to the central level in a large group of FM patients by means of LEPs and skin biopsy, in light of healthy controls findings and main clinical features. One hundred and ninety-nine FM patients and 109 age- and sex-matched controls were submitted to LEPs by the dorsum of the right hand and the skin over the right chest and knee tender point stimulation. Skin biopsy was performed in 21 randomly selected FM patients and 60 age- and sex-matched controls. The mean N2-P2 amplitude was reduced in the whole FM group, with normal or even increased values in patients with migraine as comorbidity and reduced values in other patients including those presenting with distal sensory deficits. All patients had reduced N2-P2 habituation in respect to controls. In the FM group, LEPs habituation was correlated with pain at tender points and bad quality of life. Epidermal fiber density was significantly reduced in FM patients versus controls, and correlated with N2-P2 amplitude by the hand and chest tender-point stimulation. Dysfunction in the nociceptive system at both the central and peripheral levels may concur to explain phenotypical eterogeneity and clinical symptom complexity in fibromyalgia."
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"Musculoskeletal pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain, tend to coexist in affected individuals and are characterized by a report of pain greater than expected based on the results of a standard physical evaluation. The pathophysiology of these conditions is largely unknown, we lack biological markers for accurate diagnosis, and conventional therapeutics have limited effectiveness. Growing evidence suggests that chronic pain conditions are associated with both physical and psychological triggers, which initiate pain amplification and psychological distress; thus, susceptibility is dictated by complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Herein, we review phenotypic and genetic markers of common musculoskeletal pain conditions, selected based on their association with musculoskeletal pain in previous research. The phenotypic markers of greatest interest include measures of pain amplification and 'psychological' measures (such as emotional distress, somatic awareness, psychosocial stress and catastrophizing). Genetic polymorphisms reproducibly linked with musculoskeletal pain are found in genes contributing to serotonergic and adrenergic pathways. Elucidation of the biological mechanisms by which these markers contribute to the perception of pain in these patients will enable the development of novel effective drugs and methodologies that permit better diagnoses and approaches to personalized medicine."
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desired results. Visceral pain from pelvic organs and
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individual treatment plans and control of perpetuating factors.
Dommerholt J. 2010. Performing arts medicine-instrumentalist musicians
part II–examination. J Bodyw Mov Ther 14(1):65-72. This second in
the series article illustrates how to follow the clues given in the
medical history and translate them into the examination.
Dommerholt J. 2010. Performing arts medicine-instrumentalist musicians
part III-Case histories. J Bodyw Mov Ther 13(4):311-319.
This last in the series article gives 3 case histories of musicians with
hand pain. The clues given in the history and exam (part I and II)
lead to specific diagnoses, followed with individual treatment plans and
control of perpetuating factors.
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of history taking to the discovery of the total pattern of accommodation
and altered function that can occur in instrumental musicians. It
has lessons for all care providers who must assess chronic pain
conditions. These patients arrived with incorrect diagnoses and a lot
of pain and dysfunction, but found hope and a chance of resuming their
Dommerholt J. 2009. Performing arts
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illustrating the importance of history taking to the discovery of the
total pattern of accommodation and altered function that can occur in
instrumental musicians. It has lessons for all care providers who must
assess chronic pain conditions. These patients arrived with incorrect
diagnoses and a lot of pain and dysfunction, but found hope and a chance
of resuming their careers.
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on MTPs. Although it is written for manual therapists, it is worthy
reading for all care providers, including physicians.
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Duschek S, Mannhart T, Winkelmann A et al. 2012. Cerebral blood flow dynamics during pain processing in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Psychosom Med. 74(8):802-809. "Objectives Increased cerebral blood flow during processing of acute pain has repeatedly been observed in fibromyalgia syndrome....The increased blood flow response in the anterior cerebral arteries reflects hyperactivity of medial structures of the neuromatrix of nociception, structures involved in the processing of affective and cognitive aspects of pain. Aberrances in cerebral blood flow related to fibromyalgia and its clinical characteristics become particularly apparent in the enhancement of the initial component of the hemodynamic response."
Duschek S, Werner NS, Limbert N et al. 2014. Attentional Bias toward Negative Information in Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Pain Med. [Jan 21 Epub ahead of print.] "In addition to central nervous sensitization, affect dysregulation constitutes an important factor in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). The present study is concerned with emotional influences on information processing in FMS. The hypothesis of attentional bias, i.e., selective processing of negatively connoted stimuli, was tested….Twenty-seven female FMS patients and 34 healthy women undertook an emotional modification of the Stroop task. Subjects had to decide whether the colors of positive, negative, and neutral adjectives accorded with color words presented in black. Attentional bias was defined as delay in color naming of emotional words relative to neutral words. Affective and anxiety disorders, pain severity, as well as medication were considered as possible factors mediating the expected interference….Patients showed marked attentional bias, manifested in a greater response delay due to negative words compared with the control group. Among the clinical features, pain severity was most closely associated with the extent of the interference. While depression played only a subordinate role, anxiety and medication were without effect….The study provides evidence of emotionally driven selective attention in FMS. Attentional bias to negative information may play an important role in the vicious circle between negative affective state and pain augmentation. In the management of FMS pain, strategies aiming at conscious direction of attention may be helpful, e.g., imagery techniques or mindfulness training."
Duschek S, Werner NS, Winkelmann A et al. 2013. Implicit memory function in fibromyalgia syndrome. Behav Med. 39(1):11-16. "The study investigated implicit memory function in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and its association with clinical parameters. Implicit memory refers to the influence of past experience on current behavior without conscious awareness of these experiences. Eighteen FMS patients and 25 healthy individuals accomplished a word-stem completion task. As possible factors mediating the expected impairment, pain severity, emotional disorders, and medication were taken into the expected impairment, pain severity, emotional disorders, and medication were taken into account. The patients displayed markedly reduced task performance and higher levels of depression and anxiety. Among the clinical features, pain severity was most closely associated with performance, whereas depression, anxiety, and medication showed only a minor impact. The study documented reduced implicit memory function in FMS. In contrast to former findings on impaired performance of FMS patients on classical memory tests, lower implicit memory function cannot be ascribed to motivational deficits. Instead, the aberrances may relate to functional inference between central nervous nociceptive activity and cognitive processing."
Dutra EH, Maruo H, Vianna-Lara MS. 2006.
Electromyographic activity evaluation and comparison of the orbicularis oris
(lower fascicle) and mentalis muscles in predominantly nose- or
mouth-breathing subjects. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop.
129(6):722.e1-9. [Although TrPs were not specifically mentioned, this
study indicated that mouth breathing influences EMG activity of specific
muscles, and that could increase the chance of TrP formation. DJS]
Duyur Cakit B, Genc H, Altuntas V et al. 2009.
Disability and related factors in patients with chronic cervical myofascial
pain. Clin Rheumatol. 28(6):647-654. “The aim of this study is
to detect whether cervical myofascial pain leads to disability and to
determine factors associated with disability in patients with chronic
cervical myofascial pain.” “In the patient group, the total Neck Pain
and Disability scale scores were significantly correlated with the pain
pressure threshold values of the trapezius and levator scapula muscles and
Beck Depression Inventory scores.” “Cervical myofascial pain is a
reason for disability in chronic neck pain population. Disease
duration was found as the strongest predictor of disability.”
Dwarswaard J, Bakker EJ, van Staa A et al. 2015. Self-management support from the perspective of patients with a chronic condition: a thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. Health Expect. [Jan 26 Epub ahead of print.] "Chronic patients need instrumental support, psychosocial support and relational support from health-care professionals, family/friends and fellow patients to manage the chronic condition. Relational support is at the centre of the support needs and fuels all other types of support….Patients do not self-manage on their own. Patients expect health-care professionals to fulfill a comprehensive role. Support needs can be knitted together only when patients and professionals work together on the basis of collaborative partnership. Dynamics in support needs make it important to regularly assess patient needs."
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Easton V, Bale P, Bacon H et al. 2014. A89: the relationship between benign joint hypermobility syndrome and developmental coordination disorders in children. Arthritis Rheumatol. 66 Suppl 11:S124. "The purpose of this study was to examine baseline data from an interventional study of BJHS in childhood to assess the relationship between joint hypermobility and motor control.
…The study subjects included 119 children between the ages of 5 and 16 years. All had documented joint hypermobility (assessed by a pediatric rheumatologist) and musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. …Movement difficulty is a common independent component of BJHS in childhood. An evaluation of motor function needs to be included as part of the assessment of all children with BJHS and may merit targeted intervention as its presence represents a lower quality of functioning. Further research is needed into children with BJHS and movement difficulty, who may benefit from targeted interventions." [It would be very useful if these children were assessed for trigger points that could be affecting their coordination. DJS]
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postural habits in perpetuating myofascial trigger point pain.
Acupunct In Med. 23(2):77-82. This article is a
collection of examples indicating how bracing arms or knees, leg
crossing and side-leaning, arm crossing, sitting with legs
tucked sideways, habitual undesirable sleeping positions, and
“...any habitual posture that gives rise to [prolonged
contraction of muscle fibres may cause motor endplate
dysfunction and the development of an MTrP...” [ The
author believes that habitual dysfunctional postures may occur
without other perpetuating factors and may be often untreated
and correctable perpetuating factors. We both believe that
this knowledge would be very empowering to TrP patients and
should be part of the educational process. DJS]
Edwards J, Knowles N. 2003.
Superficial dry needling and active stretching in the treatment of
myofascial pain — a randomized controlled trial. Acupunct Med
21(3):80-86. “SDN followed by active stretching is more effective
than stretching alone in deactivating TrPs (reducing their sensitivity
to pressure), and more effective than no treatment in reducing
subjective pain. Stretching without prior deactivation may
increase TrP sensitivity
Edwards R, Augustson E, Fillingim R. 2003.
Differential relationships between anxiety and treatment-associated pain
reduction among male and female chronic pain patients. Clin J
Pain. 19(4):208-216. “These findings suggest differential
relationships between anxiety and pain relief as a function of sex.
While we are unable to identify a mechanism for this effect, higher
anxiety may have predicted more pain relief among males and less pain
relief among females due to sex differences in coping strategies or
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al. 2006. Catastrophizing and pain in arthritis, fibromyalgia, and
other rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Rheum. 55(2):325-332.
“There appear to be multiple mechanisms by which catastrophizing exerts
its harmful effects, from maladaptive influences on the social
environment to direct amplification of the central nervous system’s
processing of pain.” “Catastrophizing is a critically important
variable in understanding the experience of pain in rheumatologic
disorders as well as other chronic pain conditions. Pain-related
catastrophizing may be an important target for both psychosocial and
pharmacologic treatment of pain.”
Edwards RR, Calahan C, Mensing G et al. 2011. Pain, catastrophizing, and depression in the rheumatic diseases. Nat Rev Rheumatol. [Feb 1 Epub ahead of print]. "Depression and catastrophizing are consistently associated with the reported severity of pain, sensitivity to pain, physical disability, poor treatment outcomes, and inflammatory disease activity, and potentially with early mortality. A variety of pathways, from cognitive to behavioral to neurophysiological, seem to mediate these deleterious effects. Collectively, depression and catastrophizing are critically important variables in understanding the experience of pain in patients with rheumatologic disorders. Pain, depression, and catastrophizing might all be uniquely important therapeutic targets in the multimodal management of a range of such conditions." [It should go without saying (but it cannot as many clinicians seem not to understand this) that the physical reasons for the pain must also be identified and treated. This often takes persistence and a thorough understanding of pain generators and perpetuating factors. DJS]
Eftekhar-Sadat B, BabaeiGhazani A, Zeinolabedinzadeh V. 2012. Evaluation of dry needling in patients with chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. Foot (Edinb). [Nov 28 Epub ahead of print]. This study from Iran found that although dry needling did not seem to improve range of motion of ankle joint in dorsiflexion or plantar extension, it helped improve pain significantly and should be tried before more invasive forms of treatment are attempted. [Other TrPs could have been involved in the Ankle ROM, including TrPs in the tibialis anterior, anterior gluteus minimus, peroneus muscles and ankle retinaculua. All involved muscles must all be treated with manual therapy, electoceutical modalities such as ultrasound, stretch and spray and other noninvasive alternatives and perpetuating factors brought under control before anything more invasive is considered. DJS]
Egli M, Koob GF, Edwards S. 2012. Alcohol dependence as a chronic pain disorder. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. [Sep 11 Epub ahead of print]. "Dysregulation of pain neurocircuitry and neurochemistry has been increasingly recognized as playing a critical role in a diverse spectrum of diseases including migraine, fibromyalgia, depression, and PTSD. Evidence presented here supports the hypothesis that alcohol dependence is among the pathologies arising from aberrant neurobiological substrates of pain. In this review, we explore the possible influence of alcohol analgesia and hyperalgesia in promoting alcohol misuse and dependence. We examine evidence that neuroanatomical sites involved in the negative emotional states of alcohol dependence also play an important role in pain transmission and may be functionally altered under chronic pain conditions. We also consider possible genetic links between pain transmission and alcohol dependence. We propose an allostatic load model in which episodes of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal, traumatic stressors, and injury are each capable of dysregulating an overlapping set of neural substrates to engender sensory and affective pain states that are integral to alcohol dependence and comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain."
Ehrenberg R. 2012. Hurt Blocker: The next big pain drug may soothe sensory firestorms without side effects. Science 181(13):22-25. A small group of Pakistani families with inability to feel pain have mutations in a gene that controls access to nerve cells through sodium ion channels. These sodium channels may be a target area for future specific pain control medications. Other sodium channel blockers, such as lidocaine, block whole classes of sodium channels, producing side-effects. The same is true for calcium channel blockers such as Lyrica, which may cause dizziness, sleepiness and related problems. Opioids also affect multiple systems in the body, and carry dangers of addiction. The specific sodium ion channel mutation found in the Pakistanis can affect the sense of smell, but does offer future promise for pain control because it targets a sodium channel used predominantly by peripheral nerves.
Eichling PS, Sahni J. 2005. Menopause related
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‘domino theory’ of sleep disruption leading to insomnia followed by
depression has the most scientific support. Estrogen itself may also
have an antidepressant as well as a direct sleep effect. Treatment of
insomnia in responsive individuals may be a major remaining indication for
hormone therapy.” “Due to the general under-recognition of SDB, health
care providers should not assume sleep complaints are due to vasomotor
related insomnia/depression without considering SDB.” “Sleep complaints are
almost universal in FM. There are associated polysomnogram (PSG)
findings.” “Treatment of sleep itself seems to improve, if not resolve
FM. Menopausal sleep disruption can exacerbate other pre-existing
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increased risk for fibromyalgia, the chronic fatigue syndrome, skin
conditions, dyspepsia, and a clinically insignificant decrease in
the SF-36 physical component score.”
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FM is probably underestimated.
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“Fibromyalgia could be a generalized sympathetic dystrophy since both
conditions are activated by trauma and partly linked to sympathetic
mechanisms. Yet they differ on several points: hormonal and
neurochemical abnormalities are observed in fibromyalgia whereas activation
by peripheral trauma and hyperosteolysis are observed in reflex sympathetic
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charts that may be valuable tools for indicating subsets of FMS, as well as
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with chronic pain have increased muscle tension and decreased output
during dynamic activity compared to pain-free controls. However,
the results indicated there is heterogeneity within groups of patients
with the same chronic pain disorder and that not all patients with
chronic pain have increased muscle tension.”
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Bone turnover and hormonal perturbations in patients with fibromyalgia.
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patients with FM had low bone resorption and normal bone formation
compared to a control group. This was not related to several
hormonal perturbations observed in these patients and may reflect
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experienced by people believing themselves to be EHS and a screening tool
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can be a new valuable approach to assess muscle perfusion in pain patients
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the older group, stiffness, subjective joint swelling, abdominal pain,
initial presentation on wheelchair and a higher mean count of tender points
at diagnosis were significantly more common in the younger age group.
However, the type of medications used and outcome were similar in both
groups.” [We have to stop believing that FM is an illness that
presents predominantly in middle aged women. Men, children of both genders
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"PURPOSE: We wanted to explore the specific proprioceptive effect of cervical pain on sensorimotor control. Sensorimotor control comprises proprioceptive feedback, central integration and subsequent muscular response. Pain might be one cause of previously reported disturbances in joint kinematics, head on trunk orientation and postural control. However, the causal relationship between the impact of cervical pain on proprioception and thus on sensorimotor control has to be established. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were examined in their ability to reproduce two different head on trunk targets, neutral head position (NHP) and 30° target position, with a 3D motion analyzer before, directly after and 15 min. after experimentally induced neck pain. Pain was induced by hypertonic saline infusion at C2/3 level in the splenius capitis muscle on one side (referred to as "injected side")….A sensory mismatch appeared in some subjects, who experienced dizziness. CONCLUSIONS: Acute cervical pain distorts sensorimotor control with side-specific changes, but also has more complex effects that appear when pain has waned." [Myofascial trigger points can and do cause these effects. Many are only evident after the pain has eased, and the TrPs have become latent. DJS]
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Evans S, Taub R, Tsao JC et al. 2010. Sociodemographic factors in a pediatric chronic pain clinic: The roles of age, sex and minority status in pain and health characteristics. J Pain Manag. 3(3):273-281. "Little is known about how sociodemographic factors relate to children's chronic pain. This paper describes the pain, health, and sociodemographic characteristics of a cohort of children presenting to an urban tertiary chronic pain clinic and documents the role of age, sex and minority status on pain-related characteristics. A multidisciplinary, tertiary clinic specializing in pediatric chronic pain. Two hundred and nineteen patients and their parents were given questionnaire packets to fill out prior to their intake appointment which included demographic information, clinical information, Child Health Questionnaire - Parent Report, Functional Disability Index - Parent Report, Child Somatization Index - Parent Report, and a Pain Intensity Scale. Additional clinical information was obtained from patients' medical records via chart review. This clinical sample exhibited compromised functioning in a number of domains, including school attendance, bodily pain, and health compared to normative data. Patients also exhibited high levels of functional disability. Minority children evidenced decreased sleep, increased somatization, higher levels of functional disability, and increased pain intensity compared to Caucasians. Caucasians were more likely to endorse headaches than minorities, and girls were more likely than boys to present with fibromyalgia. Younger children reported better functioning than did teens. The results indicate that sociodemographic factors are significantly associated with several pain-related characteristics in children with chronic pain. Further research must address potential mechanisms of these relationships and applications for treatment."
Evans TH, Schiller LR. 2012. Chronic vestibular dysfunction as an unappreciated cause of chronic nausea and vomiting. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 25(3):214-217. "In patients with chronic nausea and/or vomiting, gastroparesis is frequently diagnosed, often on the basis of abnormal gastric emptying scintigraphy (GES). When typical treatments fail, patients may be referred to a referral center. This retrospective study evaluated the diagnoses made in patients referred for chronic nausea and vomiting and appraised the GES utilized to assess these patients....The most common specific diagnosis in the entire group was chronic vestibular dysfunction (CVD, 64 patients, 26%) made by abnormal modified Fukuda stepping test, nystagmus, or abnormal Romberg test. CVD patients did not typically report a history of an inner-ear disorder or vertigo. Eighty-nine percent of CVD patients were given trials of antivertiginous medications; of the 39 followed for a median of 5 months, improvement occurred in two thirds. Diagnosis of gastroparesis should not be based on a nonstandardized GES. In our referred patients, gastroparesis was infrequent, while CVD was much more likely. Treatment for CVD may mitigate the nausea and vomiting." [Vestibular dysfunction is a frequent co-existing condition to both FM and CMP and is often unrecognized. DJS]
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50(3):205-213. “Gastroesophageal reflux (GOR) disease is one of
the 3 commonest causes of chronic cough. It can be difficult to
diagnose as the traditionally recognized symptoms of GOR, such as
heartburn an acid regurgitation, are often absent.” [GERD is an
important perpetuating factor of myofascial TrPs. Without the
typical presenting symptoms, it may be missed. DJS]
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