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Fibromyalgia – Does Melatonin Help?

Originally posted in National Pain Report on August 24, 2015

Talk to a person who suffers from fibromyalgia and it doesn’t take long for the topic of sleep to come up.

“I’ve had major issues with sleeping,” said Jenny Schwarz who is from East Helena, Montana. “I have heard that a full night’s rest would greatly reduce my pain, but I don’t remember the last time I slept through the night.”

Is melatonin a possible answer?

Natural levels of melatonin in the blood are highest at night. According to the Mayo Clinic, Some research suggests that melatonin supplements taken at the right time might be helpful in treating jet lag or other sleep disorders that involve poor alignment of your natural biological clock with the night-day pattern around you. Melatonin might also reduce the time it takes to fall asleep — although this effect is typically mild

Now there’s world that several studies have shown that melatonin supplements can reduce pain in patients who have fibromyalgia.

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Fibromyalgia Sufferers Get Pain Relief from IV Lidocaine

Oct. 13, 2013 — Patients with fibromyalgia resistant to more routine therapies have a new pain relief treatment available, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. Intravenous (IV) lidocaine infusion provided significant pain relief to fibromyalgia patients, although the pain relief was much less for African-Americans and smokers.

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. The disorder affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States and an estimated three to six percent of the world population. Women account for 80 to 90 percent of those with the condition. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder characterized by widespread pain throughout the body as well as a heightened, painful response to pressure. Additional symptoms include fatigue, sleep disorders and joint stiffness.

“Fibromyalgia is a truly debilitating disease that can have a severe impact on quality of life,” said Billy K. Huh, M.D., Ph.D., professor and medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and adjunct professor of the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

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Treatment of Opioid-Induced Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Christopher J. Lettieri, MD

May 24, 2013

The treatment of opioid-induced sleep disordered breathing is similar to that for other etiologies of OSA and CSA, with positive airway pressure (PAP) being the most efficacious therapeutic option. Improvement, or even resolution, of sleep-disordered breathing after cessation of medication has been frequently reported. Both oral appliances and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) have also been shown to be beneficial in these individuals. However, unlike in other patients with sleep apnea, apneas may be more refractory to PAP therapy among those with opioid-induced OSA.

The common coexistence of central events may require further management. Although CSA may resolve or diminish with continuous PAP (CPAP), persistent events often require bilevel PAP (BiPAP) or adaptive servoventilation (ASV).

Guilleminault and colleagues[13] found that despite adequate titration with CPAP or BiPAP, nocturnal awakenings and central apneas persisted in the majority of patients.They observed a residual apnea/hypopnea index of 13.8 ± 2.8 among their cohort.

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Premiere of “Living with Fibromyalgia”


National Fibromyalgia Association presents the premiere screening of Trillusion Media’s “Living with Fibromyalgia” – the first documentary to explore the most intimate feelings and life altering experiences of individuals living with the daily challenges of fibromyalgia.

“Living with Fibromyalgia” tells the story of seven different individuals who have fibromyalgia. It will make you laugh and cry, but most of all, it will give you hope. A must-see for anyone who is living with or knows someone with fibromyalgia.” –Lynne Matallana, Founder/President, National Fibromyalgia Association


Saturday, November 18, 2006

  • Registration 6:30 pm
  • Screening: 7:00 pm


Folino Theatre at the Marion Knott Studio of the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Chapman University
283 N. Cypress Street
City of Orange, California   


FREE admission with RSVP by November 13, 2006;
Limited Seating, please make reservations.


Tracey Cooper @ 714/921-0150 or
by email

More Info
National Fibromyalgia Association


“Living with Fibromyalgia” provides its viewers with a candid and forthright glimpse into the lives of a unique group of people with fibromyalgia.

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Fibromyalgia and Acupuncture – Beneficial “Thorns” In Your Side?

By Jessica Franke

The idea seems counterintuitive: treat a disease characterized by multiple tender points throughout the body – by being stuck by needles? And yet acupuncture is being increasingly targeted as a possible treatment for the pain of fibromyalgia.


Acupuncture is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, which is based on the theory that the basic life force called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows through the mind and body and causes illness when imbalanced.  Qi is thought to flow via pathways called meridians, which are accessible through the approximately 400 (some claim over 2000) acupuncture points in the human body.

Since each meridian is thought to control a different organ system or function, stimulating a certain combination of so-called “acupoints” with hair-thin needles could rebalance Qi and restore health. (Meridians do not correspond to Western medicine’s physiological systems.) However, since all the meridians are connected through this energy force, the acupuncture treatment for a headache may involve placing needles in the foot or some other part of the body. 

Acupuncture has been utilized in the treatment of everything from menstrual cramps to nausea to post-surgical pain.

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Q&A with Carol Maleki: Healing Hands

Carol Maleki is a certified healing touch practitioner at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Recently she took some time to talk with the National Fibromyalgia Association about her work, and how healing touch affects her clients.

Q. What is healing touch?

A. It’s not massage. In massage, the therapist kneads the tissues and the muscles. Healing touch is just a very light touch, and sometimes no touch at all.

Q. Who do you think benefits from healing touch therapy?

A. There are so many people that can benefit; I’d like to say ‘Everybody!’ But not everyone is open to it. Most people can benefit from healing touch; certainly it reduces anxiety and stress, but it doesn’t always reduce pain in all situations. It varies from person to person.

Most of the people I see are patients that are coming in for surgery. I see quite a number of these patients after surgery as well.

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Fibromyalgia and Men: It’s a Guy Thing

The relationship between Fibromyalgia (FM) and gender has been a source of confusion and controversy among researchers and patients alike. Although FM is clearly more prevalent among women, the illness does afflict men as well. This article focuses on fibromyalgia and men.

Little research has been conducted that measures the prevalence of fibromyalgia and men, and estimates vary widely as to the proportion of male versus female patients. A 1999 epidemiology study conducted in London found a female to male ratio of roughly three to one. However, a 2001 review of the research literature in Current Rheumatology Reports stated the ratio was nine to one.

The gender gap goes beyond the numbers. Research has shown that FM symptoms differ between men and women. A recent study in the Journal of Rheumatology found that men with fibromyalgia seem to have fewer and milder symptoms than female patients, including number/severity of tender points, fatigue, and irritable bowel.

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Starting an Exercise Program with Fibromyalgia

By Lisa Lorden

When you suffer from Fibromyalgia (FM) or an overlapping condition, just the thought of “physical fitness” may be an exercise in frustration and pain. Your muscles already hurt, you feel exhausted. How can you even consider exercise when just getting out of bed feels like climbing a mountain? The answer is…very carefully. But exercise is possible for many patients if it is begun correctly. And the benefits may be greater than you thought possible.

In her essay, “Fibromyalgia: Improving through Fitness,” Deborah Barrett writes of a doctor with Fibromyalgia who once told her: “You can have weak muscles that hurt, or strong muscles that hurt.” While exercise is in no way a cure for the pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia, strengthening our muscles and increasing our endurance may actually allow us to do more and feel better.

Research has repeatedly shown that FM sufferers who exercise experience a decrease in their symptoms.

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome, a Chronic Disabling Disease

For the increasing number of patients with chronic and disabling diseases and disorders, health professionals need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the disease as well as the competence to manage the illness over the long term. This article focuses on the recently defined fibromyalgia syndrome to serve as an exemplar for the challenges of chronic diseases for today and tomorrow.

Fibromyalgia History

A patient with symptoms of chronic facial muscle pain and/or aching is not unusual. Each of us in dentistry understands that a number of diseases and disorders are associated with the symptoms of pain–for example, tooth decay, diabetic neuropathy, amputation neuroma, trigeminal neuralgia, TMD, periapical abscess, osteoarthritis and progressive osteopenia. Facial pain can also be associated with periodontal disease, facial trauma, oral cancer and the pain and discomfort associated with xerostomia in Sjögren’s syndrome.

Consider the literally millions of American patients who have long-standing and widespread chronic facial and skeletal muscle pain, which is localized and diffuse and located bilaterally as well as above and below the waist.

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