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Abajo, F.J., Rodriguex L.A.G., Montero, D. 1999. Association between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in gastrointestinal bleeding: population based control study. The concomitant use of NSAIDs or aspirin with SSRIs poses a significantly increased risk of GI bleeding. The possible etiological mechanism is the lower level of platelet serotonin in patients on SSRIs.
Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi M, Ansari NN, Naghdi S et al. 2017. Neurophysiological and clinical effects of dry needling in patients with upper trapezius myofascial trigger points. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 21(1):48-52. "A sample of 20 patients (3 men, 17 women; mean age 31.7 ± 10.8) with upper trapezius MTrPs received one session of deep DN. The outcomes of neuromuscular junction response (NMJR), sympathetic skin response (SSR), pain intensity (PI) and pressure pain threshold (PPT) were measured at baseline and immediately after DN…. A single session of DN to the active upper trapezius MTrP was effective in improving pain, PPT, NMJR, and SSR in patients with myofascial trigger points."
Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi M, Ansari NN, Naghdi S et al. 2016. Therapeutic effects of dry needling in patients with upper trapezius myofascial trigger points. Acupunct Med. [Oct 3 Epub ahead of print.] "The results of this study showed that one session of DN targeting active MTrPs appears to reduce hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and irritability of the motor endplate. DN seems effective at improving symptoms and deactivating active MTrPs, although further research is needed."
Abbott R, Ayres, Hui E et al. 2015. Effect of perineal self-acupressure on constipation: a randomized controlled trial. J Gen Intern Med. 30(4):434-439. Among patients with constipation, perineal self-acupressure improves self-reported assessments of quality of life, bowel function, and health and well-being relative to providing standard constipation treatment options alone. Free Article
Abbott RB, Hui KK, Hays RD et al. 2007. A randomized controlled trial of Tai Chi for tension headaches. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 4(1):107-113. "A 15 week intervention of Tai Chi practice was effective in reducing headache impact and also effective in improving perceptions of some aspects of physical and mental health."
Abboud J, Marchand AA, Sorra K et al. 2013. Musculoskeletal physical outcome measures in individuals with tension-type headache: a scoping review. Cephalalgia. 33(16):1319-1336. "Individuals with tension-type headache (TTH), in addition to headache pain, typically suffer from pericranial muscle tenderness and increased cervical muscle tone.... Musculoskeletal outcomes, such as trigger points, pressure pain threshold and forward head posture should inform TTH pathophysiology, diagnosis and interdisciplinary patient care."
Abdullah M, Vishwanath S, Elbalkhi A et al. 2012. Mitochondrial myopathy presenting as fibromyalgia: a case report. J Med Case Reports. 6(1):55. "This case demonstrates that adults diagnosed with fibromyalgia may have their symptom complex related to an adult onset mitochondrial myopathy. This is an important finding since treatment of mitochondrial myopathy resulted in resolution of symptoms."
Able SL, Robinson RL, Kroenke K et al. 2016. Variations in the management of fibromyalgia by physician specialty: rheumatology versus primary care. Pragmat Obs Res. 7:11-20. "Physician practice characteristics, physician attitudes, and FM patient profiles were broadly similar across specialties. The small but significant differences reported by physicians and patients across physician cohorts suggest that despite published guidelines, treatment of FM still contains important variance across specialties." Free PMC Article
Ablin JN, Aloush V, Brill A et al. 2015. Influenza vaccination is safe and effective in patients suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome. Reumatismo. 67(2):57-61. "The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is considered to result from the exposure of a genetically susceptible individual to various triggers, such as physical trauma, stress, viral infections etc....Six weeks after vaccination, FMS patients showed a significant increase in geometric mean titers of HI antibody. The rates of sero-protection increased from 22.9% for H1N1 to 89.5% post-vaccination. A significant increase in HI antibody titers was also demonstrated among healthy controls. Influenza vaccination was both safe and effective in FMS patients. In view of these results, FMS patients should be encouraged to undergo influenza vaccination according to the standard WHO recommendations."
Ablin JN, Buskila D. 2015. Update on the genetics of the fibromyalgia syndrome. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 29(1):20-8. "Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and tenderness, is a complex condition considered to represent a paradigm of centralized pain. FMS has demonstrated a clear familial aggregation, and hence it is considered to have a genetic background. Multiple candidate-gene studies have been conducted in this field, focusing on target genes that play a role in the transmission and processing of pain. While many of these have focused in the past on markers related to neurotransmitter systems such as catecholamines (catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT)) and serotonin, novel target genes have recently emerged. In addition, genome-wide sequencing scanning (genome-wide association study (GWAS)) is increasingly being harnessed for the study of chronic pain, including FMS. Micro RNAs are another novel field of research related to posttranscriptional inhibition of gene expression, which are currently regarding the pathogenesis of FMS."
Ablin JN, Buskila D. 2015. "Real-life" treatment of chronic pain: Targets and goals. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 29(1):111-9. Epub 2015 May 20 "Treating chronic pain is a complex challenge. While textbooks and medical education classically categorize pain as originating from peripheral (nociceptive), neuropathic, or centralized origins, in real life each and every patient may present a combination of various pain sources, types, and mechanisms. Moreover, individual patients may evolve and develop differing types of pain throughout their clinical follow-up, further emphasizing the necessity to maintain clinical diligence during the evaluation and follow-up of these patients. Rational treatment of patients suffering from chronic pain must attempt at deconstructing complex pain cases, identifying variegate pain generators, and targeting them with appropriate interventions, while incorporating both pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies, rather than focusing on the total pain level, which represents an integral of all pain types. Failing to recognize the coexistence of different types of pain in an individual patient and escalating medications only on the basis of total pain intensity are liable to lead to both ineffective control of pain and increased untoward effects. In the current review, we outline strategies for deconstructing complex pain and therapeutic suggestions." [Some doctors are starting to recognize that chronic pain patient soften have multiple interactive diagnoses, and need to be treated accordingly. DJS]
Ablin JN, Clauw DJ, Lyden AK et al. 2013. Effects of sleep restriction and exercise deprivation on somatic symptoms and mood in healthy adults. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 31(6 Suppl 79):53-59. "This study supports previous research suggesting that both sleep and exercise are critical in 'preventing' somatic symptoms among some individuals. Furthermore, to our knowledge, this is the first time there is data to suggest that women are much more sensitive to decrements in routine sleep and exercise than are men."
Ablin JN, Cohen H, Eisinger M et al. 2010. Holocaust survivors: the pain behind the agony. Increased prevalence of fibromyalgia among Holocaust survivors. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 28(6 Suppl 63):S51-56. "The results indicate a significantly increased prevalence of fibromyalgia among Holocaust survivors six decades after the end of the Second World War."
Ablin JN, Eshed I, Berman M et al. 2016. Prevalence of axial spondyloarthropathy among patients suffering from Fibromyalgia - an MRI study with application of the ASAS classification criteria. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). [Jul 7 Epub ahead of print.] "These findings suggest that FMS may mask an underlying axial SpA, a diagnosis with important therapeutic implications. Physicians involved in the management of FMS should remain vigilant to the possibility of underlying inflammatory disorders and actively search for such co-morbidities." [What will it take before they start looking for trigger points and other causes of the central sensitization? DJS]
Ablin JN, Hauser W. 2016. Fibromyalgia syndrome: novel therapeutic targets. Pain Manag. 6(4):371-381. "Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain and tenderness, accompanied by disturbed sleep, chronic fatigue and multiple additional functional symptoms. FMS continues to pose an unmet need regarding pharmacological treatment and many patients fail to achieve sufficient relief from existing treatments. As FMS is considered to be a condition in which pain amplification occurs within the CNS, therapeutic interventions, both pharmacological and otherwise, have revolved around attempts to influence pain processing in the CNS. In the current review, we present an update on novel targets in the search for effective treatment of FMS."
Ablin JN, Oren A, Cohen S et al. 2012. Prevalence of fibromyalgia in the Israeli population: a population-based study to estimate the prevalence of fibromyalgia in the Israeli population using the London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology Study Screening Questionnaire (LFESSQ). Clin Exp Rheumatol. [Nov 21 Epub ahead of print]. "Fibromyalgia represents the tip of the iceberg of chronic pain in the general population. We have attempted to estimate the prevalence of fibromyalgia in the Israeli population, using the London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology....The prevalence of the fibromyalgia syndrome in the Israeli population is considerable and constitutes a significant health care issue. The prevalence is similar to that observed in other western populations. Based on this tool, over 25% of fibromyalgia cases appear to be among males, a proportion higher than generally appreciated." [This is the same proportion of male FM patients I encountered. DJS]
Abramowicz S, Kim S, Susarla HK et al. 2013. Differentiating Arthritic from Myofascial Pain in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Preliminary Report. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. S0278-2391(12)01617-5. To differentiate between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) inflammation and myofascial pain (MPD) in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). "The results of this study indicate that in patients with JIA and jaw signs/symptoms, there is an overlap in diagnoses between arthritis and MPD. This has considerable implications for patient management." [Patients with jaw pain must be assessed for the presence of myofascial pain due to trigger points, and these TrPs treated ASAP. This may prevent or slow the progress of the OA. DJS]
Abu-Samra M, Gawad OA, Agha M. 2011. The outcomes for nasal contact point surgeries in patients with unsatisfactory response to chronic daily headache medication. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. Apr 3 [Epub ahead of print.] Chronic headache can be caused by or contributed to by trigger areas inside the nose.
Acasuso-Diaz, M. and E. Collantes-Estevez. 1998. Joint hypermobility in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Arthritis Care Res 11(1):39-42.
Achermann, J. C. and J. L. Jameson. 1999. Fertility and infertility: genetic contributions from the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Mol Endocrinology. 13(6):812-8.
Acheson DW, Luccioli S. 2004. Microbial-gut interactions in health and disease. Mucosal immune responses. Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol 18(2):387-404. This is a good review, including functions of the GI mucosal barrier and permeable membrane, or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Acosta-Manzano P, Segura-Jimenez V, Estevez-Lopez F et al. 2017. Do women with fibromyalgia present higher cardiovascular disease risk profile than healthy women? The al-Ándalus project. Clin Exp Rheumatol. [Apr 5 Epub ahead of print.] "Clinical data, waist circumference, body fat percentage, resting heart rate, blood pressure and cardiorespiratory fitness were assessed. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was objectively assessed with accelerometry. A clustering of individual cardiovascular disease risk factors was represented by the number of cigarettes/day, adiposity, mean arterial pressure, resting heart rate and cardiorespiratory fitness….Women with fibromyalgia presented higher waist circumference and body fat percentage, greater number of cigarettes/day consumption and lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness after controlling for age, marital status, educational level, occupational status, medication for cholesterol and monthly regular menstruation (all, p<.05). Women with fibromyalgia showed higher clustered cardiovascular disease risk than control women after controlling for the potential confounders described above.... Women with fibromyalgia who did not meet moderate-to-vigorous physical activity recommendations showed increased clustered cardiovascular disease risk after adjusting for the potential confounders described above ....Women with fibromyalgia may present higher risk of cardiovascular disease than controls. Inadequate levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may play a significant role as an additional predisposing factor for cardiovascular disease risk in this population." [These women were not assessed for co-existing insulin resistance, which could account for at least some of the symptoms. DJS]
Adak B, Tekeoglu I, Ediz L et al. 2005. Fibromyalgia frequency in hepatitis B carriers. J Clin Rheumatol. 11(3):157-159. "The present study suggests that chronic hepatitis B carriage appears to increase the risk of FM and many of the typically associated symptoms."
Adams EH, McElroy HJ, Udall M et al. 2016. Progression of fibromyalgia: results from a 2-year observational fibromyalgia and chronic pain study in the US. J Pain Res. 9:325-336. "A previous fibromyalgia (FM) research reports that 20%–47% of diagnosed patients may not meet the study definition of FM 1–2 years after diagnosis.... Most (76.7%) of the subjects who transitioned into/out of FM+CWP+ experienced changes in CWP, number of positive tender points, or both....The results suggest that some FM+CWP+ patients experience fluctuation in symptoms over time, which may reflect the waxing and waning nature of FM and affect diagnosis and treatment." Free PMC Article [It would be interesting to see if this fluctuation were due to trigger points. Nothing was said about them. DJS]
Adams K, Gregory WT, Osmundsen B et al. 2013. Levator myalgia: why bother? Int Urogynecol J. [Apr 11 Epub ahead of print]. "Levator myalgia is a prevalent condition in urogynecology practice, and is associated with approximately 50% greater bother in urinary, defecatory, and prolapse symptoms." [Levator myalgia is a description given to the pain and dysfunction commonly caused by levator ani and other pelvic floor trigger points. DJS]
Adams PJ, Snutch TP. 2007. Calcium channelopathies: voltage-gated calcium channels. Subcell Biochem. 45:215-251. Genetically caused minute changes in calcium ion channels can have a wide spectrum affect on “...mammalian developmental, physiological and behavioral functions.” Agents that act on selective calcium channel activity may be important medications for the future.
Adams, W. R., K. J. Spolnik and J. E. Bouquot. 1999. Maxillofacial osteonecrosis in a patient with multiple idiopathic facial points. J Oral Pathol Med 28(9):423-32. Called NICO (neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis). The underlying problem is vascular insufficiency.
Adelmanesh F, Jalali A, Shooshtari SM et al. 2015. Is there an association between lumbosacral radiculopathy and painful gluteal trigger points? A cross-sectional study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 94(10):784-791. "Although rare in the healthy volunteers, most of the patients with lumbosacral radiculopathy had gluteal trigger point, located at the painful side.
Adelowo A, Hacker MR, Shapiro A et al. 2013. Botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX) for refractory myofascial pelvic pain. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 19(5):288-292. "Intralevator injection of Botox demonstrates effectiveness in women with refractory myofascial pelvic pain with few self-limiting adverse effects".
Adiguzel O, Kaptanoglu E, Turgut B et al. 2004. The possible effect of clinical recovery on regional cerebral
blood flow deficits in fibromyalgia: a prospective study with semi-quantitative SPECT. South Med J. 97(7):651-655. “...these findings could indicate that deficits in cerebral blood flow in fibromyalgia improve parallel to clinical recovery.”
Adkisson CD, Yip L, Armstrong MJ et al. 2014. Fibromyalgia symptoms and medication requirements respond to parathyroidectomy. Surgery. 156(6):1614-1621. "FM is common in patients operated on for sporadic PHP (primary hyperparathyroidism). Of those with both conditions, after PTX (parathyroidectomy) 89% appreciate symptom response and 77% and 21% had a decrease in or discontinuation or medications, respectively. Before diagnosing FM, providers should exclude PHP, which is surgically correctable".
Adler GK, Manfredsdottir VF, Creskoff KW. 2002. Neuroendocrine abnormalities in fibromyalgia. Curr Pain Headache Rep 6(4): 289-98. "A combination of multiple, mild impaired responses may lead to more profound physiologic and clinical consequences as compared with a defect in only one system, and could contribute to the symptoms of fibromyalgia."
Adler, G. K., B. T. Kinsley, S. Hurwitz, C. J. Mossey and D. L. Goldenberg. 1999. Reduced hypothalamic pituitary and sympathoadrenal responses to hypoglycemia in women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Am J Med 106(5):534-43.
Adler MW, Rogers TJ. 2005. Are chemokines the third major system in the brain? J Leukoc Biol. [Oct 4 Epub ahead of print] The authors propose that the endogenous chemokine system in the brain interacts with the neurotransmitter and neuropeptide systems to govern brain function. [There are abundant chemokine receptors in the glial cells, and activated intrathecal glia have been implicated in the inception and maintenance of chronic pain states. Imbalance of specific neuopeptides, and neurotransmitters and cytokines have been implicated in fibromyalgia, and biochemicals belonging to these systems are released during myofascial trigger point twitch. DJS]
Adriaensen H, Vissers K, Noorduin H et al. 2003. Opioid tolerance and dependence: an inevitable consequence of chronic treatment? Acta Anaesthesiol Belg. 54(1):37-47. “Although opioids provide effective analgesia, largely unsubstantiated concern about opioid-induced tolerance, physical dependence and addiction have limited their appropriate use. As a consequence, many patients receive inadequate treatment for both malignant and non-malignant pain. However, it has been shown that analgesic tolerance develops less frequently during chronic opioid administration in a clinical context than in animal experiments.”
Affaitati G, Fabrizio A, Savini A et al. 2009. A randomized, controlled study comparing a lidocaine patch, a placebo patch, and anesthetic injection for treatment of trigger points in patients with myofascial pain syndrome: evaluation of pain and somatic pain thresholds. Clin Ther. 31(4):705-720. The lidocaine patch seems effective and acceptable to patients with myofascial pain. [This may be useful in sports therapy, or very early detection of single TrPs. The patch in the study was applied to THE trigger point. For those of us with chronic myofascial pain, having dozens or even hundreds of TrPs, lidocaine patch therapy may not be helpful. DJS]
Affaitati G, Giamberardino MA, Lapenna D et al. 2018. Diclofenac epolamine topical patch for the treatment of pain. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 32(3):435-441. Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have minimal systemic absorption and thus lower side effects. This review of a topical diclofenac preparation, diclofenac epolamine (DHEP) patch 1.3% or diclofenac epolamine patch with heparin as excipient (DHEP+H) showed DEEP effective for mild to moderate pain "... in numerous pain conditions, from minor soft tissue injuries to osteoarthritis and myofascial pain syndromes. Tolerability was good-to-excellent in all studies, with no serious adverse events. DHEP+H further improved efficacy without affecting tolerability. This patch is effective and safe for localized mild-to-moderate somatic pain."
Afrin LB, Fox RW, Zito SL. 2017. Successful targeted treatment of mast cell activation syndrome with tofacitinib. Eur J Haematol. [Apr 6 Epub ahead of print.] Mast cell (MC) activation syndrome (MCAS) is a collection of illnesses of inappropriate MC activation with little to no neoplastic MC proliferation, distinguishing it from mastocytosis. MCAS presents as chronic, generally inflammatory multisystem polymorbidity likely driven in most by heterogeneous patterns of constitutively activating mutations in MC regulatory elements, posing challenges for identifying optimal mutation-targeted treatment in individual patients. Targeting commonly affected downstream effectors may yield clinical benefit independent of upstream mutational profile. For example, both activated KIT and numerous cytokine receptors activate the Janus kinases (JAKs). Thus, JAK-inhibiting therapies may be useful against the downstream inflammatory effects of MCAS. The oral JAK1/JAK3 inhibitor, tofacitinib, is currently approved for rheumatoid arthritis and is in clinical trials for other chronic inflammatory disorders. Herein, we report two patients with MCAS who rapidly gained substantial symptomatic response to tofacitinib. Their improvement suggests need for further evaluation of this class of drugs in MCAS treatment.
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Agargun, M. Y., I. Tekeoglu, A. Gunes, B. Adak, H. Kara and M. Ercan. 1999. Sleep quality and pain threshold in patients with fibromyalgia. Compr Psychiatry 40(3):226-8.
Carter GT, Sullivan MD et al. 2009. Characteristics of patients with
chronic pain accessing treatment with medical cannabis in Washington State. J Opioid Manag.
5(5):257-286. This interesting study on the use of medical cannabis is
one of the first of its kind, including 139 patients, most of whom were
male. “Myofascial pain was the most common diagnosis….” Other
conditions included fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, cancer, arthritis, and
other chronic pain conditions. Males and females used the medical cannabis
at the same rate. “In 51 (31%) patients, there were documented instances of
major hurdles related to accessing MC (medical cannabis), including prior
physicians unwilling to authorize use, legal problems relating to MC use,
and difficulties in finding an affordable and consistent supply of MC…..
Although the majority of patient records documented significant symptom
alleviation with MC, major treatment access and delivery barriers remain.”
Agrawal Y, Davalos-Bichara M, Zuniga MG et al. 2013. Head impulse test abnormalities and influence on gait speed and falls in older individuals. Otol Neurotol. [Aug 6 Epub ahead of print]. In a tertiary care center, among patients 70 years of age and older, this study found that "…half of the community-dwelling older individuals in our study had evidence of vestibular dysfunction, which was significantly associated with gait speed and fall risk in adjusted analyses. Screening for vestibular impairment using the simple HIT (head impulse test) and directing targeted vestibular therapy may be important to reduce gait impairment and fall risk in older individuals." [Vestibular dysfunction has been observed to be a common co-existing condition with fibromyalgia. DJS]
Aguidelo LZ, Femenia T, Orhan F et al. 2014. Skeletal muscle PGC-1alpha1 modulates kynurenine metabolism and mediates resilience to stress-induced depression. Cell 159(1)33-45. Physical exercise has been shown to reduce depression in some people. This study indicates that one mechanism by which it does this is by suppressing kynurenine, a neurotoxic substance. Exercise activates a specific pathway, changing kynruenin metabolism and reducing depression. [This is important for the subset of people with fibromyalgia who utilize the kynurenine pathway. In these people, 5-HTP is metabolized into kynurenine instead of serotonin. So if taking 5-HTP, L-tryptophan, or eating foods high in tryptophan cause you to feel worse, your body may be utilizing this pathway. This research is giving you hope that exercise may help. DJS See: Schwartz M.J., Offenbacher M., Neumeister A. et al. 2002. Evidence for an altered tryptophan metabolism in fibromyalgia. Neurobiol Dis 11(3):434-442. This study shows an altered tryptophan metabolism in a subgroup of fibromyalgia patients.
Aguirre CC. 2016. Sleep deprivation: a mind-body approach. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 22(6):583-588. "Recent evidence indicates that sleep plays a vital role in neuro-immuno-endocrine homeostasis. Sleep loss has been linked to elevated risks for cognitive and mood disorders, underscored by impaired synaptic transmission. The glymphatic system has been shown to be modulated by sleep and implicated in neurodegenerative disorders...Interactions between sleep quality, the immune system, and neurodegenerative disease are complex and a challenge to distil. These interactions are frequently bidirectional, because of sleep's characterization as an early symptom and as a potential factor contributing to the development and progression of mood and cognitive disorders."
Ahiskalioglu EO, Alici HA et al. 2016. Pneumothorax after trigger point injection: A case report and review of literature. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. [Feb 16 Epub ahead of print]. "Myofascial pain syndrome is defined as 'pain and/or autonomic phenomena referred from active myofascial trigger points'. Trigger point injection is an effective treatment option, which is widely used to treat myofascial pain….This case report indicates there is a risk of pneumothorax during trigger point injection in the cervicothoracic regions."
Ahmad J, Blumen H, Tagoe CE. 2015. Association of antithyroid peroxidase antibody with fibromyalgia in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatol Int. [May 15 Epub ahead of print.] "There may be a positive association between the ATD antibody TPOAb, and fibromyalgia syndrome and CWP in patients with established RA."
Ahmad J, Tagoe CE. 2014. Fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain in autoimmune thyroid disease. Clin Rheumatol. [Jan 18 Epub ahead of print.] "Fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain syndromes are among the commonest diseases seen in rheumatology practice. Despite advances in the management of these conditions, they remain significant causes of morbidity and disability. Autoimmune thyroid disease is the most prevalent autoimmune disorder, affecting about 10% of the population, and is a recognized cause of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain."
Ahmed M, Aamir R, Jishi Z et al. 2015. The effects of milnacipran on sleep disturbance in fibromyalgia: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-way crossover study. J Clin Sleep Med. [Sept 14. Epub ahead of print]. "The data suggest that milnacipran is not sedating in most patients with fibromyalgia and improvements in sleep are likely a result of pain improvement."
Akassoglou K., Strickland S. 2002.
Fibrin inhibits nerve regeneration by arresting schwann cell
differentiation. Glia (Suppl 1):S42 [Abstract]. “These results
provide the first indication that fibrin, a blood-derived protein, which
becomes a component of the extracellular matrix of the
nervous system in pathological states, can affect repair by negatively
regulating myalination. Dysregulation of fibrin clearance and/or deposition
could play a role in traumatic injuries of the nervous system, as well as in
demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis.”
Akdogan S, Ayhan Ff, Yildirim S et al. 2013. Impact of fatigue on cognitive functioning among premenopausal women with fibromyalgia syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. J Musculoskel Pain 21(2):135-146. Women with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and healthy controls were compared for fatigue and cognitive impairment. "After adjustment for age, education level and possible related factors...test data were found to correlate with pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, dizziness, forgetfulness and sleeplessness.... Fatigue was the predictor of attentional impairment...."
Akin Korhan E, Uyar M, Eyigor C et al. 2016. Effects of reflexology on pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Holist Nurs Pract. 30(6):351-359. "Thirty patients aged 18 to 70 years with fibromyalgia and hospitalized in the algology clinic were taken as a convenience sample. "Patients received a total of 12 60-minute sessions of reflexology over a period of 6 consecutive weeks. Reflexology was carried out bilaterally on the hands and feet of patients at the reflex points relating to their pain at a suitable intensity and angle. Subjects had pain scores taken immediately before the intervention (0 minute), and at the 60th minute of the intervention. Data were collected over a 10-month period in 2012. The patients' mean pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of this study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients."
Akkasilpa S, Goldman D, Magder LS et al. 2005.
Number of fibromyalgia tender points is associated with health
status in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. J
Rheumatol. 32(1):48-50. “A strong association between the
number of FM TPs and health status was found in patients with SLE.
The number of TPs, and not just the presence/absence of FM, is
associated with health status in SLE.”
Akkaya N, Atalay NS, Selcuk ST et al. 2012. Frequency of fibromyalgia syndrome in breast cancer patients. Int J Clin Oncol. [Feb 10 Epub ahead of print]. "We note that the frequency of FM in the operated breast cancer patients in this study was higher than that reported in normal populations in the literature. Also, we found that the presence of FM had negative effects on the quality of life of the breast cancer patients. Accordingly, in the evaluation of widespread pain and complaints of fatigue in long-surviving breast cancer patients, after metastatic disease is excluded, the probability of FM should be kept in mind, so that appropriate treatment can be initiated to improve their functional status and quality of life."
Akturk S, Kaya A, Cetintas D et al. 2018. Comparison of the effectiveness of ESWT and ultrasound treatments in myofascial pain syndrome: randomized, sham-controlled study. J Phys Ther Sci. 30(3):448-453. "These results suggest that ESWT is as effective as US."
Al-Alawi A, Mulgrew A, Tench E et al.
2006. Prevalence, risk factors and impact on daytime
sleepiness and hypertension of periodic leg movements with
arousals in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
J Clin Sleep Med. 2(3):281-287. “Risk factors
for PLMS include preexisting medical conditions --
particularly depression, fibromyalgia, and diabetes mellitus
-- increasing age, predisposing medications, obesity and OSA.”
Al Saif AA, Al Senany S. 2015. Determine the effect of neck muscle fatigue on dynamic visual acuity in healthy young adults. J Phys Ther Sci. 27(1):259-263. "The results of this study suggest that neck muscle fatigue negatively impacts dynamic visual acuity."
Al-Shenqiti AM, Oldham JA. 2005.
Test-retest reliability of myofascial trigger point detection in
patients with rotator cuff tendonitis. Clin Rehabil.
19(5):482-487. “The presence or absence of the taut band, spot
tenderness, jump sign and pain recognition was highly reliable
between sessions. Referred pain and local twitch response
reliability varied depending on the muscle being studied.”
[Again, both training and experience are vital to reliably
diagnose and treat TrPs. DJS]
Alanoglu E, Ulas UH, Ozdag F. et
al. 2004. Auditory event-related brain potentials in fibromyalgia
syndrome. Rheumatol Int. [Epub Feb 21 ahead of print].
“...FM affects quality of life and dysfunction in cognitive abilities
can be determined by brain event-related potentials.”
Alahmari KA, Reddy RS, Silvia P et al. 2017. Influence of chronic neck pain on cervical joint position error (JPE): Comparison between young and elderly subjects. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. [Aug 3 Epub ahead of print] "Cervical joint position sense is impaired in subjects with chronic neck pain."
Albrecht DS, MacKie PJ, Kareken DA et al. 2015. Differential dopamine function in fibromyalgia. Brain Imaging Behav. [Oct 24 Epub ahead of print.] "The data suggest that abnormal DA (dopamine) function may be associated with differential processing of pain perception in FM. Further studies are needed to explore the functional significance of DA in nociception and cognitive processing in chronic pain."
Albright, G. L. and A. A. Fischer. 1990. Effects of
warming imagery aimed at trigger-point sites on tissue compliance, skin temperature, and
pain sensitivity in biofeedback-trained patients with chronic pain: a preliminary
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Album D, Westin S. 2007. Do diseases have a
prestige hierarchy? A survey among physicians and medical students.
Soc Sci Med. [Sep 10 Epub ahead of print] Medical specialties and
illnesses are considered to have a ranking among doctors and medical
students. “Myocardial infarction, leukemia and brain tumor were among
the highest ranked, and fibromyalgia and anxiety neurosis were among the
lowest.” “Low prestige scores are given to diseases and specialties
associated with chronic conditions located in the lower parts of the body or
having no specific bodily location, with less visible treatment procedures,
and with elderly patients.” [It seems we have a lot of educating to
do, and it is no wonder FM patients are considered to have a self-esteem
problem. See: “Bennett RM. 2007. Do patients’ perceptions of negative
physician attitudes influence fibromyalgia symptoms and status?” This would
seem to indicate that some doctors could be major perpetuating factors.
Alburquerque-García A, Rodrigues-de-Souza DP, Fernandez-de-Las-Penas C et al. 2015. Association between Muscle Trigger Points, Ongoing Pain, Function, and Sleep Quality in Elderly Women with Bilateral Painful Knee Osteoarthritis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. [Apr 25 Epub ahead of print.] "The objectives of this study were to investigate if referred pain elicited by active trigger points (TrPs) reproduced the symptoms in individuals with painful knee osteoarthritis (OA) and to determine the relationship between the presence of active TrPs, intensity of ongoing pain, function, quality of life, and sleep quality in individuals with painful knee OA....The referred pain elicited by active TrPs in the lower extremity muscles contributed to pain symptoms in painful knee OA. A higher number of active TrPs was associated with higher intensity of ongoing knee pain." [Some of the pain and perhaps other symptoms often attributed to OA may be due to co-existing trigger points. DJS]
Alburquerque-Sendín F, Camargo PR, Vieira A et al. 2013. Bilateral myofascial trigger points and pressure pain thresholds in the shoulder muscles in patients with unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome: A Blinded, Controlled Study. Clin J Pain. [Jan 16 Epub ahead of print]. "To identify the presence of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) and pressure pain threshold (PPT) levels in the shoulder muscles of both involved and uninvolved sides in patients with unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS)... SIS group showed a greater number of TrPs…than the control group. The muscles of the uninvolved side of the SIS group also presented some active TrPs…. The muscle PPTs of the patients presenting TrPs in each muscle of the involved side were lower than the PPTs of the patients without TrPs in the same muscle for both involved and uninvolved sides with few significant differences….The high number of TrPs in the involved side of patients with SIS suggests the presence of peripheral sensitization. The results reject the presence of central alterations. Finally, the patients with unilateral SIS may present bilateral deficits related to myofascial pain."
Alciati A, Atzeni F, Grassi M et al. 2017. Childhood adversities in patients with fibromyalgia: are they related to comorbid lifetime major depression? Clin Exp Rheumatol. 35 Suppl 105(3):112-118. "The results of this study suggest that there is no association between childhood adversities and comorbid lifetime major depression in patients with FM. As it would be helpful to prevent the development of FM because of the high cost and limited efficacy of therapeutic interventions, childhood adversities may offer targets for primary prevention."
Alciati A, Caldirola D, Sarzi-Puttini P et al. 2016. Is panic disorder associated with clinical severity of fibromyalgia? A preliminary study in a tertiary-care centre. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 34(2 Suppl 96):99-105. "A history of PD in patients with FM increases the severity of functional impairment in performing a wide range of daily-life activities, as measured by the HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire) scale, with no effects on the severity of other clinical dimensions of FM. Potential underlying mechanisms and clinical implications will be discussed."
Alexander RE. 2013. Clinical effectiveness of electroacupuncture in meralgia paresthetica: a case series. Acupunct Med. [Oct 23 Epub ahead of print]. "Meralgia paresthetica is a fairly common condition resulting from entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. I have found that acupuncture produces a rapid improvement, sometimes affecting a cure, after only one or two treatments. …Most patients were able to stop their analgesics. Meralgia paresthetica appears to respond rapidly to electroacupuncture. A significant trigger point at GB31 was universally present, which may aid diagnosis, although the reason for this is unclear. Further controlled studies are justified." [All of these acupuncture point locations can be trigger points. Meralgia paresthetica can also be successfully treated with trigger point injection or dry needling in the quadriceps TrPs at that point, but must include palpation for and treatment of associated hip and thigh TrPs and identification and control of all perpetuating factors. If all the relevant TrPs are treated and the perpetuating factors brought under control, this usually takes one treatment. DJS]
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formed of connective tissue at the atlanto-occipital junction between
the rectus capitis posterior and the dorsal spinal dura. Tightness
of these connections may be associated with headache. “The dura-muscular,
dura-ligamentous connections in the upper cervical spine and occipital
areas may provide anatomic and physiologic answers to the cause of the
Ali MA, Rehman M, Saeed M. 2017. Rheumatoid arthritis masquerading as fibromyalgia. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 27(9):S134-S136. This study from Karachi found: "Symptoms of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can overlap with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Moreover, FMS and RA can coexist. Hence, the diagnosis of low intensity, antibody-negative RA may present a challenge. Here, we present the case of a middle-aged woman thought to have FMS, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis for 4 years prior to being diagnosed as seronegative RA on musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS). Targeted therapy with etanercept led to a complete clinical response and normalization of previously elevated C-reactive protein. We conclude that MSKUS is a sensitive tool for distinguishing low-intensity inflammatory arthritis from FMS with important clinical consequences." [One must always look for the cause of the central sensitization of FM. DJS]
Aliyev R, Vieth T, Geiger G. 2010. Traditional Chinese medicine in diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. Georgian Med News. (188):38-45. "Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FS) is known for the difficulties arising from classification. The accompanying pain in skeletal muscles, myofascial peri-articular structures and a number of polymorphic symptoms cannot be separated into complexes of symptoms. The application of principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) helps in analyzing the symptoms of FS to detect a leading syndrome and thereby establish an individual therapy. Medical histories and objective examinations of 25 patients with FS and 22 patients with vertebrogenic pain syndromes were analyzed according to TCM. A questionnaire was used to determine the leading constitutional type according to the 5-elements-theory. Analyses of the results showed that 83% of patients with FS were of constitutional type of the element earth. The following syndromes were found to be important in FS: 1) liver-Qi-stagnation, 2) Yin and blood deficiency of the liver, 3) Yang-weakness of the spleen and kidney, 4) Yin-weakness of the kidney. Applying TCM for FS allows for separating a group of symptoms and thus individual therapy. The determination of the constitutional type according to the 5-elements-theory may be used for a better understanding of the disharmony pattern."
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“It has been estimated that approximately two-thirds of people aged 65
years and over experience chronic pain, and that the prevalence of
chronic pain in nursing home residents is between 45% and 80%.
Overall, 37% of nursing home residents were identified as experiencing
chronic non-malignant pain.”
Allen JM, Graef DM, Ehrentraut JH et al. 2016. Sleep and pain in pediatric illness: A conceptual review. CNS Neurosci Ther. 22(11):880-893. "Sleep disruption is a common comorbidity of pediatric pain. Consequences of pain and disrupted sleep, evidence for the pain-sleep relation, and how aspects of illness, treatment, and pharmacological pain management may contribute to or exacerbate these issues are presented…. This conceptual review explored the relation between pain and sleep in children diagnosed with chronic medical or developmental conditions…. Populations reviewed include youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), migraines, cystic fibrosis (CF), sickle cell disease (SCD), cancer, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile fibromyalgia (JFM), and functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs)….Consistent evidence demonstrates that children with medical or developmental conditions are more vulnerable to experiencing pain and subjective sleep complaints than healthy peers. Objective sleep concerns are common but often under-studied. Evidence of the pain-sleep relationship exists, particularly in pediatric SCD, IDD, and JIA, with a dearth of studies directly examining this relation in pediatric cancer, JFM, CF, and FGIDs. Findings suggest that assessing and treating pain and sleep disruption is important when optimizing functional outcomes."
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Alnahhas MF, Oxentenko SC, Locke GR 3rd et al. 2015. Outcomes of ultrasound-guided trigger point injection for abdominal wall pain. Dig Dis Sci. Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print] This study from the Mayo Clinic found that about a third of the patients with abdominal wall pain could have pain significantly relieved long-term by trigger point injection.
Alonso-Blanco C, de-la-Llave-Rincon AI, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C. 2012. Muscle trigger point therapy in tension-type headache. Expert Rev Neurother. 12(3):315-322. "Recent evidence suggests that active trigger points (TrPs) in neck and shoulder muscles contribute to tension-type headache. Active TrPs within the suboccipital, upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, temporalis, superior oblique and lateral rectus muscles have been associated with chronic and episodic tension-type headache forms. It seems that the pain profile of this headache may be provoked by referred pain from active TrPs in the posterior cervical, head and shoulder muscles. In fact, the presence of active TrPs has been related to a higher degree of sensitization in tension-type headache. Different therapeutic approaches are proposed for proper TrP management. Preliminary evidence indicates that inactivation of TrPs may be effective for the management of tension-type headache, particularly in a subgroup of patients who may respond positively to this approach. Different treatment approaches targeted to TrP inactivation are discussed in the current paper, focusing on tension-type headache. New studies are needed to further delineate the relationship between muscle TrP inactivation and tension-type headache."
Alonso-Blanco C, Fernández-de-Las-Penas C, de-la-Llave-Rincón AI et al. 2012. Characteristics of referred muscle pain to the head from active trigger points in women with myofascial temporomandibular pain and fibromyalgia syndrome. J Headache Pain. [Aug 31 Epub ahead of print]. "Women with FMS had larger referred pain areas than those with TMD for sternocleidomastoid and suboccipital muscles.... Significant differences within COG coordinates of TrP referred pain areas were found in TMD, the referred pain was more pronounced in the orofacial region, whereas the referred pain in FMS was more pronounced in the cervical spine. This study showed that the referred pain elicited from active TrPs shared similar patterns as usual pain symptoms in women with TMD or FMS, but that distinct differences in TrP prevalence and location of the referred pain areas could be observed. Differences in location of referred pain areas may help clinicians to determine the most relevant TrPs for each pain syndrome in spite of overlaps in pain areas."
Alonso-Blanco C, Fernandez-de-Las-Penas C, Morales-Cabezas M et al. 2011. Multiple active myofascial trigger points reproduce the overall spontaneous pain pattern in women with fibromyalgia and are related to widespread mechanical hypersensitivity. Clin J Pain. [Feb 28 Epub ahead of print]. "The local and referred pain elicited from widespread active MTrPs fully reproduced the overall spontaneous clinical pain area in patients with FMS. Widespread mechanical pain hypersensitivity was related to a greater number of active MTrPs. This study suggests that nociceptive inputs from active MTrPs may contribute to central sensitization in FMS."
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local twitch response reliability varied depending on the muscle being
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spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. They produce
pain locally and in a referred pattern and often accompany chronic
musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive
microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers
and the formation of trigger points. Patients may have
regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion
in the affected muscles. These include muscles used to
maintain body posture, such as those in the neck, shoulders, and
pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as tension
headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of
motion in the legs, and low back pain. Palpation of a
hypersensitive bundle or nodule of muscle fiber of harder than
normal consistency is the physical finding typically associated with
a trigger point. Palpation of the trigger point will elicit
pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain
toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response.
Various modalities, such as the Spray and Stretch technique,
ultrasonography, manipulative therapy and injection, are used to
inactivate trigger points. Trigger-point injection has been
shown to be one of the most effective treatment modalities to
inactivate trigger points and provide prompt relief of symptoms.”
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Nerve entrapment causing pain radiating down the low back may be caused by
myofascial trigger points, but these are often misdiagnosed.
These two patients completely recovered after trigger point therapy,
even though they had been misdiagnosed and in pain for a long time.
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Ambrose KR, Golightly YM. 2015. Physical exercise as non-pharmacological treatment of chronic pain: Why and when. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 29(1):120-30. "Chronic pain broadly encompasses both objectively defined conditions and idiopathic conditions that lack physical findings. Despite variance in origin or pathogenesis, these conditions are similarly characterized by chronic pain, poor physical function, mobility limitations, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance, and they are treated alone or in combination by pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches, such as physical activity (aerobic conditioning, muscle strengthening, flexibility training, and movement therapies). Physical activity improves general health, disease risk, and progression of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. When applied to chronic pain conditions within appropriate parameters (frequency, duration, and intensity), physical activity significantly improves pain and related symptoms. For chronic pain, strict guidelines for physical activity are lacking, but frequent movement is preferable to sedentary behavior. This gives considerable freedom in prescribing physical activity treatments, which are most successful when tailored individually, progressed slowly, and account for physical limitations, psychosocial needs, and available resources." [This is a very wise article that articulates the need for careful and individually tailored exercise. DJS]
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Anandkumar S. 2017. Effect of dry needling on myofascial pain syndrome of the quadratus femoris: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 18:1-8. "This case report describes a 40-year-old male who presented with posterior thigh pain managed unsuccessfully with massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and physical therapy. The diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) involving the quadratus femoris (QF) was purely clinical, based on palpatory findings and ruling out other conditions through deductive reasoning…. Immediate improvements were noted in all the outcome measures after the first treatment, with complete pain-resolution maintained at a 4-month follow-up."
Anandkumar S. 2014. Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education and dry needling on chronic elbow pain as a result of cyberchondria: a case report. Physiother Theory Pract. Dec 9:1-7. [Epub ahead of print.] "This case report describes a 31-year-old male who presented with complaints of chronic pain in his right elbow. Detailed subjective examination revealed that the patient had searched Google for extensive online information relating to his pain, ultimately self-labeling with various diagnoses. After researching in YouTube, the patient self-treated with ice, exercises, neural mobilization, self-massage and taping, all resulting in a failed outcome. Clinical findings revealed trigger points in his right brachioradialis muscle with added symptoms of central pain. This is a potential first-time description of physical therapy management of brachioradialis myofascial pain syndrome with superadded central pain caused as a result of cyberchondria where the patient used the Internet for arriving at a wrong self-diagnosis and incorrect self-treatment with failed or worsening pain outcomes leading to pain sustenance or chronicity. Physical therapy consisted of Pain Neuroscience Education, dry needling and Exercise Therapy. The patient was completely pain free and fully functional at the end of the sixth session, which was maintained at a one-month follow-up." [Although the assumption of a type of hypochondria is unfortunate, as the patient did have the real medical condition of trigger points, it is a lesson that trigger points can mimic many other conditions. Many doctors and other care providers as well as patients often mistake pain and/or dysfunction from myofascial trigger points to be something else, resulting in much unnecessary pain and waste of resources. DJS]
Anaya-Terroba L, Arroyo-Morales M, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C et al. 2010. Effects of ice massage on pressure pain thresholds and electromyography activity post exercise: a randomized controlled crossover study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 33(3):212-219. "Ice massage after isokinetic exercise produced an immediate increase of PPT (pressure pain threshold) over the VL (vastus lateralis) and VM (vastus medialis) and EMG (electromyography) activity over the VL muscle in recreational athletes, suggesting that ice massage may result in a hypoalgesic effect and improvements in EMG activity." [Ice massage can rapidly "diffuse" tightness, and thus pain due to the tightness, in some muscles with TrPs. This may be what is occurring here. DJS]
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Anderson R, Wise D, Sawyer T et al. 2011.6-day intensive treatment protocol for refractory chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome using myofascial release and paradoxical relaxation training. J Urol 185(4):1294-1299. This study showed that men with chronic pelvic pain and "abacterial prostatitis" due to TrPs can benefit significantly from intensive myofascial TrP therapy and paradoxical relaxation training. Much pelvic pain and dysfunction is caused by short and tight pelvic floor musculature due to TrPs. Intense patient training for a short period of time can provide long-term symptom relief.
Anderson R, Wise D, Sawyer T et al. 2011. Safety and effectiveness of an internal pelvic myofascial trigger point wand for urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Clin J Pain 27(9):764-768. The pelvic wand is a device that enables safe patient self-treatment for internal trigger points. [It does, however, require that patients have care providers who can diagnose and treat the TrPs, and train the patients in the use of the wand. DJS]
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Anderson RJ, McCrae CS, Staud R et al. 2012. Predictors of Clinical Pain in Fibromyalgia: Examining the Role of Sleep. J Pain. [Feb 29 Epub ahead of print]. "Understanding individual differences in the variability of fibromyalgia pain can help elucidate etiological mechanisms and treatment targets. Past research has shown that spatial extent of pain, negative mood, and after sensation (pain ratings taken after experimental induction of pain) accounts for 40 to 50% of the variance in clinical pain. Poor sleep is hypothesized to have a reciprocal relationship with pain, and over 75% of individuals with fibromyalgia report disturbed sleep. We hypothesized that measures of sleep would increase the predictive ability of the clinical pain model. Measures of usual pain, spatial extent of pain, negative mood, and pain after sensation were taken from 74 adults with fibromyalgia. Objective (actigraph) and subjective (diary) measures of sleep duration and nightly wake time were also obtained from the participants over 14 days.... Results replicate previous research and suggest that spatial extent of pain, pain after sensation, and negative mood play important roles in clinical pain, but sleep disturbance did not aid in its prediction.... Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from a 3-pronged approach to pain management: reducing pain's spatial extent, normalization of central nervous system hypersensitivity, and psychobehavioral therapies for negative mood."
Anderson RU, Harvey RH, Wise D et al. 2015. Chronic pelvic pain syndrome: Reduction of medication use after pelvic floor physical therapy with an internal myofascial trigger point wand. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. [Feb 24 Epub ahead of print.] "This study documents the voluntary reduction in medication use in patients with refractory chronic pelvic pain syndrome utilizing a protocol of pelvic floor myofascial trigger point release with an FDA approved internal trigger point wand and paradoxical relaxation therapy. Self-referred patients were enrolled in a 6-day training clinic from October, 2008 to May, 2011 and followed the protocol for 6 months. Medication usage and symptom scores on a 1-10 scale (10 = most severe) were collected at baseline, and 1 and 6 months. All changes in medication use were at the patient's discretion." Of these patients, 79.7% were male. At the beginning of the study, 63.6% used medications. After 6 months, 40.1% used medications, with a general reduction in total symptoms.
Anderson RU, Sawyer T, Wise D et al. 2009. Painful myofascial
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pelvic pain syndrome. J Urol. [Oct 16 Epub ahead of print].
“This report shows relationships between myofascial trigger points and
reported painful sites in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic
pain syndrome. Identifying the site of clusters of trigger points
inside and outside the pelvic floor may assist in understanding the role
of muscles in this disorder and provide focused therapeutic
Anderson RU, Wise D, Sawyer T et al. 2016. Equal improvement in men and women in the treatment of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome using a multi-modal protocol with an internal myofascial trigger point wand. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 41(2):215-224. "We conclude that men and women have similar, significant reductions in trigger point sensitivity with this protocol."
Anderson RU, Wise D, Sawyer T et al. 2015. Equal improvement in men and women in the treatment of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome using a multi-modal protocol with an internal myofascial trigger point wand. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. [Dec 31 Epub ahead of print.] "Both men and women require treatment for urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes (UCPPS), which includes interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. However, it is unknown if men and women respond differently to a protocol that includes specific physical therapy self-treatment using an internal trigger point wand and training in paradoxical relaxation….We conclude that men and women have similar, significant reductions in trigger point sensitivity with this protocol."
Anderson RU, Wise D, Sawyer T et al. 2006. Sexual dysfunction in
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common in men with refractory chronic pelvic pain syndrome but it is
unexpected in the mid fifth decade of life. Application of the
trigger point release/paradoxical relaxation training protocol was
associated with significant improvement in pelvic pain, urinary
symptoms, libido, ejaculatory pain, and erectile and ejaculatory
dysfunction.” Men as well as women deal with chronic pain due to
TrPs. So much of the suffering is needless. It is important
for physicians to be trained in diagnosis and treatment of TrPs. DJS]
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release therapy) combined with PRT (paradoxical relaxation therapy)
represents an effective therapeutic approach for the management of CP/CPPS
(chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome), providing pain and
urinary symptom relief superior to that of traditional therapy.” [One
must wonder how much of our health care resources are wasted because of
the lack of myofascial medicine training. DJS]
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Myofascial release of trigger points combined with paradoxical
relaxation training can provide pain relief superior to
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everyday behavior especially in risky, emotionally laden situations.”
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importance for the diagnosis of pain pathologies.” “Recently we
have found that patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pains
have significantly larger referred pain areas to experimentally induced
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This sensitization may be part of what changes acute pain into
Arendt-Nielsen L, Madsen H, Jarrell J et al. 2014. Pain evoked by distension of the uterine cervix in women with dysmenorrhea: Evidence for central sensitization. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. [Apr 29 Epub ahead of print.] Many women have intense abdominal pain during menstruation. This study found: "Pain sensitization (temporal summation, i.e. increase in pain during prolonged stimulation, and facilitation of referred pain areas as an indicator of central nervous system changes) is present in women with dysmenorrhea." [Studies done by R. Doggweiler indicate that this prolonged pain stimulation from distension may be caused by trigger points. DJS]
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Armentor JL. 2015. Living with a contested, stigmatized illness: Experiences of managing relationships among women with fibromyalgia. Qual Health Res. [Dec 14 Epub ahead of print.] "This study focuses on the negotiation of relationships among women living with the chronic illness fibromyalgia. Twenty in-depth, semi structured interviews were conducted with women diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Drawing from interactional and constructionist perspectives, the analysis focuses on participants' approaches to communicating with others about their illness, the reactions of others to their experiences, and participants' strategies to manage stigma. Participants attempted to describe their illness experience to others through direct and educational approaches. Often, in the management of their relationships with close family and friends, there was an unspoken awareness of illness effects, and social support was offered. However, disbelief and a lack of understanding often led participants to avoid social interactions in the attempt to hide from the stigma associated with an invisible and contested illness."
Arnold LM, Choy E, Clauw DJ et al. 2016. Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes: A White Paper detailing current challenges in the field. Clin J Pain. 32(9):737-746. "This manuscript, developed by a group of leading chronic pain researchers and clinicians from around the world, aims to address the state of knowledge about fibromyalgia and identify ongoing challenges in the field of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes that may be characterized by pain centralization/amplification/hypersensitivity. There have been many exciting developments in research studies of the pathophysiology and treatment of fibromyalgia and related syndromes that have the potential to improve the recognition and management of patients with fibromyalgia and other conditions with fibromyalgia-like pain. However, much of the new information has not reached all clinicians, especially primary care clinicians, who have the greatest potential to use this new knowledge to positively impact their patients' lives. Furthermore, there are persistent misconceptions about fibromyalgia and a lack of consensus regarding the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. This paper presents a framework for future global efforts to improve the understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia and other associated chronic pain syndromes, disseminate research findings, identify ways to enhance advocacy for these patients, and improve global efforts to collaborate and reach consensus about key issues related to fibromyalgia and chronic pain in general."
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Arnstein PM. 2013. The future of topical analgesics. Postgrad Med. 125(4 Suppl 1):34-41. "Before modem pharmaceuticals became readily available, mud-based emollients, salves, cold therapies, and other natural remedies were often used. Now we have effective therapies and are developing advanced topical analgesics as we learn more about the physiology and pathophysiology of pain. The use of topical analgesics may be associated with fewer patient systemic side effects than are seen with oral, parenteral, or transdermally administered agents, making the topical route of administration attractive to prescribers and patients. With further refinement of existing drugs and the development of novel agents, topical analgesics may offer relief for treating patient pain conditions that are currently challenging to treat, such as pain resulting from burns, wound debridement, and pressure ulcers. Recognizing the value of a multimodal approach, topical analgesics may offer a therapeutic option that can become part of a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient. With continued advancements in targeted drug-delivery systems, topical analgesics may be able to provide a method to prevent or reverse the phenomena of peripheral and central sensitization, or the neuroplastic changes believed to be responsible for the transition from acute to chronic pain states in patients. For those patients at risk for developing chronic pain states, such as complex regional pain syndrome, the combination of cutaneous stimulation (achieved through rubbing during application) and analgesic effects produced by the drug itself may prevent the disabling pain that often emerges during the subacute phase of disease. In summary, better utilization of currently available topical analgesics and continued research promise to ensure that topical analgesics are, and will continue to be, important tools in the treatment of patients with resistant pain."
Arshad Q, Roberts RE, Ahmad H et al. 2017. Patients with chronic dizziness following traumatic head injury typically have multiple diagnoses involving combined peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 155:17-19. "Individual THI patients typically had multiple vestibular diagnoses and unique to this group of vestibular patients, often displayed both peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction. Despite expert neuro-otological management, at two years 20% of patients still had persistent vestibular symptoms…. In summary, chronic vestibular dysfunction in THI could relate to: (i) the presence of multiple vestibular diagnoses, increasing the risk of 'missed' vestibular diagnoses leading to persisting symptoms; (ii) the impact of brain trauma which may impair brain plasticity mediated repair mechanisms. Apart from alerting physicians to the potential for multiple vestibular diagnoses in THI, future work to identify the specific deficits in brain function mediating poor recovery from post-THI vestibular dysfunction could provide the rationale for developing new therapy for head injury patients whose vestibular symptoms are resistant to treatment."
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“The results suggest that there is a discrepancy between the ideal role of
the physician and reality in the everyday work in interaction with these
patients.” “The results also illuminate the physician’s
interpretations of patients in moralising terms. Conditions given the
status of illness were regarded, for example, as less serious by the
physicians than those with disease status. Skepticism was expressed
regarding especially CFS, but also fibromyalgia. Moreover, it is shown how
the patients are characterized by the physicians as ambitious, active,
illness focused, demanding and medicalising. The patients in question
do not always gain full access to the sick-role, in part as a consequence of
the conditions not being defined as diseases.” [It is a sad
reflection on the state of medical practice that many practitioners do not
understand that syndromes can be every bit as serious and life-altering as
diseases. Just because we do
not understand the total mechanisms behind the illness does not mean the
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possessions, and recreational abilities were those with FMS alone or with
CFS, and yet there were “...no reliable difference between groups in use
of disability benefits.” The
authors recommend “Employers and personal relations of patients with
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Atzeni F, Gerardi MC, Masala IF et al. 2017. An update on emerging drugs for fibromyalgia treatment. Expert Opin Emerg Drugs. 22(4):357-367. "Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disorder whose symptoms of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances and depression have a devastating effect on patients' lives as it limits their ability to engage in everyday working and social activities, and make it difficult to maintain normal relationships with family, friends and employers. None of the currently available drugs are fully effective against the whole spectrum of symptoms. The aim of this narrative review is to summarise the data relating to the new therapeutic options that have become available over the last few years. Areas covered: Increasing efforts by the pharmaceutical industry have led to the introduction of new investigational drugs and new formulations of older drugs, and studies have been carried out in order to investigate the possibility of using drugs that are currently used for other diseases. Expert opinion: Slight improvements in the health of FM patients treated with drugs targeting a range of molecular mechanisms have been observed, but there is still no single drug that is capable of offering substantial efficacy against all of the characteristic symptoms of FM. The identification of new and improved therapies for FM requires consideration of the heterogeneity of the condition, which suggests the existence of different patient subgroups, a relationship between central and peripheral aspects of the pathophysiology, and the need for combined treatment with drugs targeting multiple molecular mechanisms."
Atzeni F, Sallì S, Benucci M et al. 2012. Fibromyalgia and arthritides. Reumatismo. 64(4):286-292. "Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome that affects at least 2% of the adult population. It is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, sleep alterations and distress, and emerging evidence suggests a central nervous system (CNS) malfunction that increases pain transmission and perception. FM is often associated with other diseases that act as confounding and aggravating factors, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritides (SpA), osteoarthritis (OA) and thyroid disease. Mechanism-based FM management should consider both peripheral and central pain, including effects due to cerebral input and that come from the descending inhibitory pathways. Rheumatologists should be able to distinguish primary and secondary FM, and need new guidelines and instruments to avoid making mistakes, bearing in mind that the diffuse pain of arthritides compromises the patients' quality of life."
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contralateral side of the body exhibited a local twitch response
after dry needling TrPs. The group with active TrPs had
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Avrahami D, Hammond A, Higgins C et al. 2012. A randomized, placebo-controlled double-blinded comparative clinical study of five over-the-counter non-pharmacological topical analgesics for myofascial pain: single session findings. Chiropr Man Therap. 20(1):7. "120 subjects were entered into the study (63 females; ages 16-82); 20 subjects randomly allocated into each group.....With regards to pressure threshold, PTMC (Professional Therapy MuscleCare Roll-on), BG (Ben-Gay Ultra Strength Muscle Pain Ointment) and MM (Motion Medicine Cream) showed significant increases in pain threshold tolerance after a short-term application on a trigger points located in the trapezius muscle. PTMC roll-on and BG were both shown to be superior vs. placebo while PTMC was also shown to be superior to IH (Icy Hot Extra Strength Cream) in patients with trigger points located in the trapezius muscle on a single application."
Ay S, Doğan SK, Evcik D et al. 2010. Comparison of the efficacy of phonophoresis and ultrasound therapy in myofascial pain syndrome. Rheumatol Int. [Mar 31 Epub ahead of print]. “Both diclofenac phonophoresis and ultrasound therapy were effective in the treatment of patients with MPS. Phonophoresis was not found to be superior over ultrasound therapy.” [It is usually wise to take the most efficient and simplest way to achieve the desired result. DJS]
Ay S, Konak HE, Evcik D et al. 2017. The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping on pain and disability in cervical myofascial pain syndrome. Rev Bras Reumatol Engl Ed. 57(2):93-99. [Article in English, Portuguese] "The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping and sham Kinesio Taping on pain, pressure pain threshold, cervical range of motion, and disability in cervical myofascial pain syndrome patients (MPS)…. Kinesio Taping leads to improvements on pain, pressure pain threshold and cervical range of motion, but not disability in short time." Free Article
Aydemir K, Duman I, Tugcu I et al. 2010. Piriformis syndrome presenting with foot drop diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging: a case report. J Musculoskel Pain. 18(3).261-264. "Piriformis syndrome can cause foot drop. Magnetic resonance imaging can help earlier diagnosis and treatment." Piriformis syndrome is a description, not a diagnoses. The authors did not note that myofascial TrPs are the most common cause of this condition, and can cause foot drop as noted in Travell and Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vol II. Trigger points were not mentioned, although the authors noted the palpable mass that responded to steroid injection into the mass, resulting in resolution of the syndrome. It would have been interesting to see if the "mass" responded to TrP injection of local anesthetic. Steroids are undesirable and unhelpful in most TrP injections. DJS]
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Babson KA, Sottile J, Morabito D. 2017. Cannabis, cannabinoids, and sleep: a Review of the literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 19(4):23. "Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may decrease sleep latency but could impair sleep quality long-term. Novel studies investigating cannabinoids and obstructive sleep apnea suggest that synthetic cannabinoids such as nabilone and dronabinol may have short-term benefit for sleep apnea due to their modulatory effects on serotonin-mediated apneas. CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness, while nabilone may reduce nightmares associated with PTSD and may improve sleep among patients with chronic pain. Research on cannabis and sleep is in its infancy and has yielded mixed results. Additional controlled and longitudinal research is critical to advance our understanding of research and clinical implications."
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Backryd E, Lind AL, Thulin M et al. 2017. "High levels of cerebrospinal fluid chemokines point to the presence of neuroinflammation in peripheral neuropathic pain - a cross-sectional study of two cohorts of patients compared to healthy controls. Pain. [Sep 18 Epub ahead of print] "Animal models suggest that chemokines are important mediators in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain. Indeed, these substances have been called "gliotransmitters", a term that illustrates the close interplay between glial cells and neurons in the context of neuroinflammation and pain. However, evidence in humans is scarce. The aim of the study was to determine a comprehensive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory profile for neuropathic pain patients…The samples were analyzed with a multiplex proximity extension assay in which 92 inflammation-related proteins were measured simultaneously…. Univariate testing with control of false discovery rate, as well as orthogonal partial least squares - discriminant analysis, were used for statistical analyses. CSF levels of chemokines CXCL6, CXCL10, CCL8, CCL11, CCL23, as well as protein LAPTGF-beta-1, were significantly higher in both neuropathic pain cohorts compared to healthy controls, pointing to neuroinflammation in patients. These 6 proteins were also major results in a recent similar study in fibromyalgia patients. The findings need to be confirmed in larger cohorts, and the question of causality remains to be settled. Since it has been suggested that prevalent co-morbidities to chronic pain (e.g., depression, anxiety, poor sleep, and tiredness) also are associated with neuroinflammation, it will be important to determine whether neuroinflammation is a common mediator."
Baek SH, Seok HY, Koo YS et al. 2016. Lengthened cutaneous silent period in fibromyalgia suggesting central sensitization as a pathogenesis. PLoS One. 11(2):e0149248. "The pathogenesis of fibromyalgia (FM) has not been clearly elucidated, but central sensitization, which plays an important role in the development of neuropathic pain, is considered to be the main mechanism….To understand the pathophysiology of FM, we compared CSP (cutaneous silent period) patterns between patients with FM and normal healthy subjects. …The significantly longer CSP duration in FM patients suggests central dysregulation at the spinal and supraspinal levels, rather than peripheral small fiber dysfunction." Free Article
Bagis S, Karabiber M, As I et al. 2012. Is magnesium citrate treatment effective on pain, clinical parameters and functional status in patients with fibromyalgia? Rheumatol Int. [Jan 22 Epub ahead of print]. "The magnesium citrate (300 mg/day) was given to the first group.... amitriptyline (10 mg/day) was given to the second group....,and magnesium citrate (300 mg/day) + amitriptyline (10 mg/day) treatment was given to the third group....After the 8 weeks of treatment.... serum and erythrocyte magnesium levels were significantly lower in patients with fibromyalgia than in the controls. Also there was a negative correlation between the magnesium levels and fibromyalgia symptoms. The number of tender points, tender point index, FIQ and Beck depression scores decreased significantly with the magnesium citrate treatment. The combined amitriptyline + magnesium citrate treatment proved effective on all parameters except numbness..... The magnesium citrate treatment was only effective tender points and the intensity of fibromyalgia. However, it was effective on all parameters when used in combination with amitriptyline."
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and number of trigger points. However, no correlation was found
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Ballyns J, Shah JP, Hammond J et al. 2011. Objective sonographic measures for characterizing myofascial trigger points. J Ultrasound Med 30(10):1331-1340."...myofascial trigger points may be classified by area using sonoelastography. Furthermore, monitoring the trigger point area and pulsatility index may be useful in evaluating the natural history of myofascial pain syndrome." [This is very useful research, but sonoelastography is for research institution benefit only. There is no short-cut around good history taking and palpation exam for the diagnosis of TrPs. DJS]
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Barbero M, Bertoli P, Cescon C et al. 2012. Intra-rater reliability of an experienced physiotherapist in locating myofascial trigger points in upper trapezius muscle. J Man Manip Ther. 20(4):171-177. "The purpose of this study was to investigate the intra-rater reliability of a palpation protocol used for locating an MTrP in the upper trapezius muscle….Twenty-four subjects with MTrP in the upper trapezius muscle were examined by an experienced physiotherapist. During each of eight experimental sessions, subjects were examined twice in randomized order using a palpation protocol. An anatomical landmark system was defined and the MTrP location established using X and Y values." The study showed that: "An experienced physiotherapist can reliably identify MTrP locations in upper trapezius muscle using a palpation protocol." [Again, it has been shown that inter-rater reliability locating trigger points requires good training and experience. Failure of any previous study demonstrated not the reliability of trigger points, but rather a failure on the part of training and experience of those who are palpating. Doctors and other care providers, including pain researchers, MUST be proficient in palpation to accurately identify, assess and treat TrPs. The presence (or absence) of initials after a name has no relation to the ability to palpate, and hence to diagnose and treat, trigger points. DJS]
Barbero M, Cescon C, Tettamanti A et al. 2013. Myofascial trigger points and innervation zone locations in upper trapezius muscles. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 14:179. "Myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are hyperirritable spots located in taut bands of muscle fibres. Electrophysiological studies indicate that abnormal electrical activity is detectable near MTrPs. This phenomenon has been described as endplate noise and it has been purported to be associated MTrP pathophysiology…. we conclude that IZ (innervation zone) and MTrPs are located in well-defined areas in upper trapezius muscle. Moreover, MTrPs in upper trapezius are proximally located to the IZ but not overlapped."
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chronic generalized muscle pain. The male:female ratio is 1:9.
Interacting factors including genetic, hormonal, environmental and
behavioral elements may cause this condition, and there are possibly
subgroups of which one has shown to be treatable. A different
pathogenetic appearance in the two sexes may also be present. The
gender difference may partly be explained by the fact that pressure pain
test in tender points forms part of the diagnosis. This may leave
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sure what symptoms are FM and what were due to co-existing TrPs. DJS]
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Bazzichi L, Rossi A, Zirafa C et al. 2010. Thyroid autoimmunity may represent a predisposition for the development of fibromyalgia? Rheumatol Int. [Nov 18 Epub ahead of print]. "In particular, FM comorbidity in HT (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis) patients without SCH (subclinical hypothyroid) was 33.3% and in HT patients with SCH was 28.5%. Based on our data, we speculate that maybe there is more than a hypothesis regarding the cause-effect relation between thyroid autoimmunity and the presence of FM, thus suggesting a hypothetical role of thyroid autoimmunity in FM pathogenesis." [Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and hypothyroid are perpetuating factors of both FM and TrPs. DJS]
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Behnam A, Mahyar S, Ezzati K et al. 2014. The use of dry needling and myofascial meridians in a case of plantar fasciitis. J Chiropr Med. 13(1):43-48. "A 53-year-old man presented with bilateral chronic foot pain for more than 2 years. After 2 months of conventional treatment (ultrasound, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon stretching, and intrinsic foot strengthening), symptoms eventually improved; however, symptoms returned after prolonged standing or walking. Almost all previous treatment methods were localized in the site of pain that targeted only the plantar fascia. Initial examination of this individual revealed that multiple tender points were found along the insertion of Achilles tendon, medial gastrocnemius, biceps femoris, semimembranosus, and ischial tuberosity…..Dry needling of the trigger points was applied. After 4 treatments over 2 weeks, the patient felt a 60% to 70% reduction in pain. His pressure pain threshold was increased, and pain was alleviated. The patient returned to full daily activities. The rapid relief of this patient's pain after 2 weeks of dry needling to additional locations along the superficial back line suggests that a more global view on management was beneficial to this patient…. Dry needling based on myofascial meridians improved the symptoms for a patient with recurrent plantar fasciitis."
Bell L. 2017. Bad air: Breathing pollution may harm a lot more than our lungs. Science News. Sept. 30: 18-21. Pollution can affect more than our breathing. It may contribute to diabetes, obesity, dementia, Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disease, and could "accelerate aging in the brain. "Faster than normal cognitive decline" especially memory, occurred in more polluted areas. The cognitive deficits and other illnesses correlated to the level of air pollution.
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Bell T, Trost Z, Buelow MT et al. 2018. Meta-analysis of cognitive performance in fibromyalgia. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. Feb 1:1-17. "Fibromyalgia is a condition with symptoms of pain, physical function difficulties, and emotional problems, but is also characterized by complaints of poor cognition (often called "FibroFog"). Over the last two decades, a number of studies have examined cognitive differences between individuals with and without fibromyalgia. The purpose of the current study was to conduct a quantitative synthesis of these differences across multiple cognitive domains....Fibromyalgia was significantly and negatively associated with performance on all domains of cognitive function. The largest effect size was found for inhibitory control..., followed by memory.... These findings support the hypothesis that the self-reported cognitive impact of fibromyalgia is also found in objective neuropsychological measures. Routine screening for cognitive dysfunction in those with fibromyalgia may be warranted in addition to assessment of the traditional fibromyalgia symptoms."
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[The use of methadone in the treatment of chronic non-malignant pain in an
out-patient setting] Ugeskr Laeger 169(17):1568-1572. [Danish]
“Opioid treated chronic pain patients with insufficient pain relief may
benefit from conversion to methadone, as 59% in our analysis achieved better
pain relief, while the rotation was generally opioid-saving at the same
time. The method used was safe and acceptable to the patients.
The analyses did not result in any fundamental changes to the procedure.”
Methodone may be a viable option for insufficiently relieved pain in chronic
non-malignant pain patients.
Bendtsen L. 2000. Central
sensitization in tension-type headache—possible pathophysiological
mechanisms. Cephalalgia 20(5):486-508. “The
stimulus-response function for palpation pressure vs. pain was found to be
qualitatively altered in chronic tension-type headache patients compared
with controls. The stimulus-response function was found to be
qualitatively altered also in patients with fibromyalgia. It was
concluded that the qualitatively altered nociception was probably due to
central sensitization at the level of the spinal dorsal horn/trigeminal
nucleus. Future basic and clinical research should aim at identifying
the source of peripheral nociception in order to prevent the development of
central sensitization and at ways of reducing established sensitization.
This may lead to a much needed improvement in the treatment of chronic
tension-type headache and other chronic myofascial pain conditions.”
Bendtsen L, Fernandez-de-las-Penas C. 2011. The Role of Muscles in Tension-Type Headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep. [Jul 7 Epub ahead of print]. "The tenderness of pericranial myofascial tissues and number of myofascial trigger points are considerably increased in patients with tension-type headache (TTH). Mechanisms responsible for the increased myofascial pain sensitivity have been studied extensively. Peripheral activation or sensitization of myofascial nociceptors could play a role in causing increased pain sensitivity, but firm evidence for a peripheral abnormality still is lacking. Peripheral mechanisms are most likely of major importance in episodic TTH. Sensitization of pain pathways in the central nervous system due to prolonged nociceptive stimuli from pericranial myofascial tissues seem to be responsible for the conversion of episodic to chronic TTH."
Benedetti MG, Zati A, Stagni SB et al. 2017. Winged scapula caused by rhomboid paralysis: a case report. Joints. 4(4):247-249."Scapular winging secondary to dorsal scapular nerve (DSN) damage is an underestimated condition. It is often caused by entrapment of the nerve due to a hypertrophic middle scalene muscle, or by stretching of the DSN during traumatic movements. The condition has also been attributed to myofascial pain syndrome of the rhomboids with entrapment of the DSN. The non-specific symptomatology reported by patients is often incorrectly diagnosed, and this can result in a high level of disability of the upper limb. A clinical case of misdiagnosed dorsal scapula entrapment is presented. Satisfactory shoulder function recovery, pain relief and reduction of disability were obtained after correct diagnosis of the condition and a comprehensive rehabilitation approach." Free Article
Bengtsson, A., J. Ernerudh, M. Vrethem and T. Skogh. 1990. Absence
of autoantibodies in primary fibromyalgia. J Rheumatol 17(12:1682-3.
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Benias PC, Wells RG, Sackey-Aboagye et al. 2018. Structure and distribution of an unrecognized interstitium in human tissues. Sci Rep. 8(1):4947. Using confocal laser endomicroscopy (pCLE) techniques and fluorescein injection during endoscopy, this team was able to demonstrate real-time live imaging of a reticular pattern inside fluorescein sinuses. They froze the biopsy tissue and were able to microscopically investigate the fluid-filled interstitial space, "draining to lymph nodes and supported by a complex network of thick collagen bundles..." with "a highly unusual and extensive unlined interface between the matrix proteins of the bundles and the surrounding fluid." Similar structures were observed in a variety of tissues "that are subject to intermittent or rhythmic compression, including the submucosae of the entire gastrointestinal tract and urinary bladder, the dermis, the peri-bronchial and peri-arterial soft tissues, and fascia. These anatomic structures may be important in cancer metastasis, edema, fibrosis, and mechanical functioning of many or all tissues and organs. In sum, we describe the anatomy and histology of a previously unrecognized, though widespread, macroscopic, fluid-filled space within and between tissues, a novel expansion and specification of the concept of the human interstitium." [This research, and the interstitial space, may be profoundly important to both fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain and dysfunction, as well as co-existing conditions such as insulin resistance. DJS
Benjaboonyanupap D, Paungmali A, Pirunsan U. 2015. Effect of therapeutic sequence of hot pack and ultrasound on physiological response over trigger point of upper trapezius. Asian J Sports Med. 6(3):e23806. This study from Thailand found that the use of a combination of hot pack and ultrasound therapies was helpful in treating latent upper trapezius myofascial trigger points, a common problem in athletes. Free PMC Article
Benjamin M, Toumi H, Ralphs JR et al. 2006.
Where tendons and ligaments meet bone: attachment sites (‘entheses’)
in relation to exercise and/or mechanical load. J Anat.
208(4):471-490. “Entheses (insertion sites, osteotendinous
junctions, osteoligamentous junctions) are sites of stress
concentration at the region where tendons and ligaments attach to
bone. Consequently, they are commonly subject to overuse
injuries (enthesopathies) that are well documented in a number of
sports.” [These areas are often sites of attachment TrPs and
these TrPs are frequently overlooked by orthopedic and surgical
Benjamin, S., Morris, S.,
McBeth, J., MacFarland, G.J., Silman, A.J.. 2000. The association
between chronic widespread pain and mental disorder: A Population
Study. Epidemiological group has tended towards viewing FMS as a
somatization disorder. It was therefore important in this study
that they only found three cases of somatoform disorders and came
to the conclusion that somatoform disorders were uncommon in
people with chronic widespread pain.
Bennett EE, Walsh KM, Thompson NR et al. 2017. Central Sensitization Inventory as a predictor of worse quality of life measures and increased length of stay following spinal fusion. World Neurosurg. [May 4 Epub ahead of print] "Preoperative CSI was associated with worse QOL (quality of life) outcomes and increased LOS (length of stay) following spinal fusions. CSI may be an additional measure in evaluating patients preoperatively to better predict successful outcomes following spinal fusion."
Bennett RM. 2016. Pain management in fibromyalgia. Pain Manag. 6(4):313-316. Free Article [This excellent overview points out some of the problems dealing with the heterogeneous condition of fibromyalgia, including the many different causes of fatigue and of sleep dysfunction, and why there is a problem in many studies. DJS]
Bennett R. 2007. Myofascial pain syndromes and
their evaluation. Best Pract Res Clin Rheum 21(3):427-445.
This outstanding summary of MTPs is a comprehensive, clearly written
overview of myofascial medicine. It explains why it is necessary for
doctors to be trained in diagnosis of MTPs, and that they frequently occur
in the presence of other conditions but, although they are exceedingly
common, are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. [Severe CMP with
central sensitization and multiple conditions are not explored, but the
treatments suggested are often adequate for mild cases. It is
significant that an article on MTPs written by such a respected scientist
and clinician has appeared in a rheumatology journal. It is hoped that
it is as well-read as it is well-written. DJS]
Bennett RM. 2007. Do patients’ perceptions of
negative physician attitudes influence fibromyalgia symptoms and status?
J Musculoskel Pain 15 (Supp 13):42 item 74. [Myopain 2007
Poster] “Current physicians were perceived to take the diagnosis of
FMS more seriously, which in turn was related to improved FMS symptomatology.
Perception that current or past physicians didn’t take FMS seriously was
associated with increased anxiety. Patients may improve both
physically and psychologically under the care of a physician who takes their
illness seriously, whereas a negative past attitude continues to adversely
influence their psychological health.” [Doctors can be serious
perpetuating factors. Use care in choosing your health care team. DJS]
Bennett R. 2007. Myofascial pain syndromes and
their evaluation. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 21(3):427-445.
“Myofascial pain refers to a specific form of soft tissue rheumatism that
results from irritable foci (trigger points) within skeletal muscles and
their ligamentous junctions. It must be distinguished from bursitis,
tendonitis, hypermobility syndromes, fibromyalgia and fasciitis. On
the other hand it often exists as part of a clinical complex that includes
these other soft tissue conditions, i.e., it is not a diagnosis of
Bennett RM. 2004. Diagnostic criteria
and differential diagnosis of the fibromyalgia syndrome.
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explains some of the difficulties arising from the use of 1990
ACR FMS Criteria for research as diagnostic criteria, the need
for clarification of terms and training in differential
diagnosis and treatment.
Bennett R. 2005. The fibromyalgia impact
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Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire can be found at
Bennett R. 2004. Fibromyalgia: present to future.
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of FMS, including emerging clues and predictions on future developments.
Bennett RM. 2002. The
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exponential increase in pain research over the last 10 years has
established fibromyalgia (FM) as a common chronic pain syndrome
with similar neurophysiologic aberrations to other chronic pain
states. As such, the pathogenesis is considered to involve an
interaction of augmented sensory processing (central
sensitization) and peripheral pain generators. The notion, the FM
symptomatology results from an amplification of incoming sensory
impulses, has revolutionized the contemporary understanding of
this enigmatic problem and provided a more rational approach to
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Bennett RM, Goldenberg DL. 2011. Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, tender points and trigger points: splitting or lumping? Bennett and Goldenberg Arthritis Research & Therapy. 13:117. [This study is fascinating due to its authors, one of whom knows both FM and TrPs (Bennett) and the other (Goldenberg) who appears to have a vested interest in claiming TrPs do not exist, as he does not understand them. I know said author has been confronted with these pesky critters, because we have shared patients who have plunked my book on his desk and asked him "Why don't you know this?" Nothing I could write can top the commentary on this article by Dr. Jan Dommerholt on page 239 of The Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain Vol. 19 #4: "Apparently, Dr. Goldenberg still has not learned to palpate TrPs and appreciate their value, as he considers localized TrPs to be a belief system. He either is not aware of current research or elects to discard many recent TrP studies....We can only hope that the next generation of physicians with an interest in FMS will start to incorporate TrPs into their thinking and evidence-based practice." Amen, Dr. Dommerholt. What ever happened to "Do no harm," Dr. Goldenberg? DJS
Bennett RM, Russell JI, Cappelleri JC et al. 2010. Identification of symptom and functional domains that fibromyalgia patients would like to see improved: a cluster analysis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 11(1):134. "The purpose of this study was to determine whether some of the clinical features of fibromyalgia (FM) that patients would like to see improved aggregate into definable clusters. …Common clinical features of FM could be grouped into 6 clusters (Pain, Fatigue, Domestic, Impairment, Affective, and Social) based on patient perception of relevance to treatment. Furthermore, these 6 clusters could be charted in the 2 dimensions of Status and Setting, thus providing a unique perspective for interpretation of FM symptomatology."
Benor D, Rossiter-Thornton J et al. 2016. A randomized, controlled trial of wholistic hybrid derived from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and emotional freedom technique (WHEE) for self-treatment of pain, depression, and anxiety in chronic pain patients. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. [Jul 18 Epub ahead of print.] "In this pilot study, a convenience sample of 24 chronic pain patients (17 with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia) were randomized into WHEE treatment and wait-list control groups for 6 weeks. Assessments of depression, anxiety, and pain were completed before, during, and at 1 and 3 months after treatment. Wait-listed patients then received an identical course of WHEE and assessments. WHEE decreased anxiety…and depression… compared with the control group. The wait-list-turned-WHEE assessments demonstrated decreased pain severity… and depression… but not pain interference or anxiety. WHEE appears a promising method for pain, anxiety, and depression in patients with chronic pain, compared to standard medical care alone. Though a small pilot study, the present results suggest that further research appears warranted. An incidental finding was that a majority of patients with chronic pain had suffered psychological trauma in childhood and/or adulthood."
Benyamina A, Reynaud M. 2014. [Therapeutic use of cannabis derivatives.] Rev Prat. 64(2):165-168. [Article in French] "The therapeutic use of cannabis has generated a lot of interest in the past years, leading to a better understanding of its mechanisms of action. Countries like the United States and Canada have modified their laws in order to make cannabinoid use legal in the medical context. It's also the case in France now, where a recent decree was issued, authorizing the prescription of medication containing "therapeutic cannabis" (decree no. 2013-473, June 5, 2013). Cannabinoids such as dronabinol, Sativex and nabilone have been tested for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. These agents are most promising to relieve chronic pain associated with cancer, with human immunodeficiency virus infection and with multiple sclerosis. However, longer-term studies are required to determine potential long-term adverse effects and risks of misuse and addiction."
Berenshteyn Y, Gibson K, Hackett GC et al. 2018. Is standing balance altered in individuals with chronic low back pain? A systematic review. Disabil Rehabil. 30:1-10. "Results suggest that balance is impaired in individuals with chronic low back pain when compared to healthy individuals.....Balance assessments should be completed for individuals with chronic low back pain."
Berga, S. L. 1998. Hypothalamus pituitary gonadal axis: stress-induced gonadal compromise. J Musculoskel Pain 6(3):61-70.
Berger A, Dukes E, Martin S et al. 2007.
Characteristics and healthcare costs of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.
Int J Clin Pract. [Jul 26 Epub ahead of print]. “Patients with FMS
have comparatively high levels of comorbidities and high levels of
healthcare utilization and cost.” [Researchers are realizing that FM
patients often have multiple conditions. What they do not yet
understand is that many of these conditions are interactive. DJS]
Bergholm U, Johansson BH. 2003. [No
title given] Lakartidningen 100(47):3842-3847. [Swedish]
“The late onset of symptoms can now be explained by the functional
stenosis of the spinal cord and brainstem due to scar formation around
the dens axis after injury. Modern neurophysiology can now explain
the background of the generalized and complex picture of chronic pain
and muscular and cognitive dysfunction. This new knowledge has
prepared the way for more specific therapy in patients suffering from
craniocervical instability symptoms and pain from disks and facet joints
in the cervical spine after whiplash trauma.”
Berman SM, Naliboff
BD, Suyenobu B et al. 2008. Reduced brainstem inhibition during
anticipated pelvic visceral pain correlates with enhanced brain response to
the visceral stimulus in women with irritable bowel syndrome. J
Bernardes AT, dos Santos RM. 1997. Immune
network at the edge of chaos. J Theor Biol. 186(2):173-187.
Chaos system, used in mathematics, corresponds in many ways to the state of
ill health, especially chronic illness.
Bernatsky S, Dobkin P, DeCivita M et al. 2005.
Co-morbidity and physician use in fibromyalgia. Swiss Med Wkly
135(5-6):76-81. “Reported co-morbidity was classified into 4
categories: medical, psychiatric, ‘functional’ and unknown. The
category for ‘functional’ conditions included disorders that have been
classified by previous authors as medically unexplained symptoms such as
the irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndromes. Co-morbidity
with other disorders, both functional and medical, was high in this
sample. Medical and psychiatric co-morbidity were stronger
determinants of high physician use than ‘functional’ co-morbidity.”
[It is illogical to classify conditions together merely because medical
science, or the authors, cannot explain them. DJS]
Bernik M, Sampaio TP, Gandarela L. 2013. Fibromyalgia comorbid with anxiety disorders and depression: combined medical and psychological treatment. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 17(9):358. "Fibromyalgia is associated with high level of pain and suffering. Lack of diagnosis leads to onerous indirect economic costs. Recent data indicate that fibromyalgia; anxiety disorders, and depression tend to occur as comorbid conditions. They also share some common neurochemical dysfunctions and central nervous system alterations such as hypofunctional serotonergic system and altered reactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Conversely, functional neuroimaging findings point to different patterns of altered pain processing mechanisms between fibromyalgia and depression. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, and treatment response effect size is usually small to moderate. Treatment should be based on drugs that also target the comorbid psychiatric condition. Combined pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavior therapy should ideally be offered to all patients. Lifestyle changes, such as physical exercise should be encouraged. The message to patients should be that all forms of pain are true medical conditions and deserve proper care."
Bernstein CD, Albrecht KL, Marcus DA. 2013. Milnacipran for fibromyalgia: a useful addition to the treatment armamentarium. Expert Opin Pharmacother. [Mar 19 Epub ahead of print].
"Milnacipran provides modest fibromyalgia pain relief and is best used as part of a multidisciplinary treatment approach. While milnacipran was not studied in fibromyalgia patients with major depression, it may be a wise choice for fibromyalgia patients with depressive symptoms and patients for whom sedation, dizziness, edema or weight gain with gabapentin and pregabalin is a problem. Milnacipran has been found to be beneficial for treating some troublesome fibromyalgia-associated symptoms, including fatigue and cognitive dysfunction."
Bernstein J, Alonso DR, DiCaprio M et al. 2003.
Curricular reform in musculoskeletal medicine: needs, opportunities and
solutions. Clin Orthop Relat Res. (415):302-308.
“Musculoskeletal medicine is not taught adequately in American medical
schools and the predictable consequences are seen. Students cannot
show cognitive mastery of the subject and lack confidence in this topic.”
“…although inadequate education is neither new nor necessarily unique among
disciplines, the coming year or two, the beginning of the Bone and Joint
decade, was seen to be a particularly auspicious time for attempting
Berstad A, Undseth R, Lind R et al. 2012. Functional bowel symptoms, fibromyalgia and fatigue: A food-induced triad? Scand J Gastroenterol. [May 18 Epub ahead of print]. "Abstract Objective. Patients with perceived food hypersensitivity typically present with multiple health complaints. We aimed to assess the severity of their intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms....All but one patient were diagnosed with IBS, 58% with severe symptoms. Extra-intestinal symptoms suggestive of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia were demonstrated in 85% and 71%, respectively. Neither IgE-mediated food allergy nor organic pathology could explain the patients' symptoms. Nevertheless, malabsorption of fat was demonstrated in 10 of 38 subjects. Conclusions: Perceived food hypersensitivity may be associated with severe, debilitating illness. The comorbid triad of IBS, chronic fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain is striking and may point to a common underlying cause."
Berthelot JM, Delecrin J, Maugars Y et al. 1996.
A potentially under-recognized and treatable cause of chronic back pain:
entrapment neuropathy of the cluneal nerves. J Rheumatol.
23(12):2179-2181. “We describe a case of longstanding low back pain
related to entrapment neuropathy of the L1-L2 dorsal ramus over the iliac
crest. As 3 local anesthetic pain blocks (at the trigger point, 7 cm
left of the L5 spine process and just above the iliac crest) were successful
for 3 weeks each, a surgical procedure was performed. This corrected
patient stricture of a voluminous dorsal ramus within a rigid osteofibrous
orifice between the upper rim of the iliac crest and the thoracolumbar
fascia. Pain decreased dramatically the same day and disappeared
completely within less than a week.” [One may wonder what might have
been the outcome had the patient been treated for myofascial TrPs throughout
the body, including the control of perpetuating factors. Is surgery
Bertolucci PH, de Oliveira FF. 2013. Cognitive impairment in fibromyalgia. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 17(7):344. "Cognitive and behavioral impairments are core manifestations of fibromyalgia and may be more disabling than pain itself. Involvement of the central nervous system is ascertained by the fact that frontoparietal and limbic cortices are often functionally and structurally affected along the course of this disease. Even though neuroimaging has brought some experimental evidence to support such network disruption, there are currently no clinically effective biomarkers that detect and quantify cognitive and behavioral disturbances in fibromyalgia; thus, traditional scales and tests of neuropsychiatric assessment remain the most important diagnostic tools. This review addresses the most common cognitive and behavioral impairments in people with fibromyalgia, while explaining their pathophysiological basis and currently available therapeutic options."
Besteiro Gonzales JL, Suarez Fernandex TV, Arboleya Rodriguez L et al. 2011. Sleep architecture in patients with fibromyalgia. Psicothema. 23(3):368-373. "The results support that fibromyalgia patients present an increase of superficial sleep at the expense of deep sleep and also an increase of periodic leg movements, which could have a pathogenic effect, facilitating the onset of the illness."
Betsch TA, Gorodzinsky AY, Finley GA et al. 2016. What's in a name? Healthcare providers' perceptions of pediatric pain patients based on diagnostic labels. Clin J Pain. [Dec 5 Epub ahead of print.] "Responses from 58 participants were analyzed. The two groups, based on diagnostic conditions used (Fibromyalgia and Chronic Widespread Pain), did not differ significantly on general demographics and healthcare providers' perceptions of the patient. Perceived origin of the pain influenced providers' perceptions; pain of a perceived medical origin was negatively correlated with stigmatization and positively correlated with sympathy. Perceived psychological origin was positively correlated with stigmatization and providers' age…. Pain believed to be more medically based was associated with more positive reactions from providers (i.e., less stigmatization). Older providers in particular perceived the patient more negatively if they believed the pain to be psychologically based. [FM] The findings of this pediatric study replicated findings from adult literature on chronic pain, suggesting that children and adults are subject to negative perceptions from healthcare providers when the providers believe the pain to be psychological in origin."
Bezerra Rocha CA, Sanchez TG, Tesseroli de Siqueira
JT. 2007. Myofascial trigger point: a possible way of modulating
tinnitus. Audiol Neurootol. 13(3):153-160. “Temporary
modulation of tinnitus was frequently observed (55.9%) during digital
pressure, mainly in the masseter.” “An association between tinnitus and the
presence of myofascial trigger points was observed, as well as a laterality
association between the ear with the worst tinnitus and the side of the body
with more myofascial trigger points. Thus, this relationship could be
explained not only by somatosensory-auditory system interactions but also by
the influence of the sympathetic system.”
Bezov D, Ashina S, Jensen R et al. 2010. Pain Perception Studies in Tension-Type Headache. Headache. [Oct 1 Epub ahead of print]. "Tension-type headache (TTH) is a disorder with high prevalence and significant impact on society. ... Pain perception studies such as measurement of muscle tenderness, pain detection thresholds, pain tolerance thresholds, pain response to suprathreshold stimulation, temporal summation and diffuse noxious inhibitory control (DNIC) have played a central role in elucidating the pathophysiology of TTH. It has been demonstrated that continuous nociceptive input from peripheral myofascial structures may induce central sensitization and thereby chronification of the headache. Measurements of pain tolerance thresholds and suprathreshold stimulation have shown presence of generalized hyperalgesia in chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) patients, while DNIC function has been shown to be reduced in CTTH. One imaging study showed loss of gray matter structures involved in pain processing in CTTH patients. Future studies should aim to integrate pain perception and imaging to confirm this finding. Pharmacological studies have shown that drugs like tricyclic anti-depressant amitriptyline and nitric oxide synthase inhibitors can reverse central sensitization and the chronicity of headache. Finally, low frequency electrical stimulation has been shown to rapidly reverse central sensitization and may be a new modality in treatment of CTTH and other chronic pain disorders." [The number of TrPs and duration of TrPs are two important variable in reversibility. Pharmaceutical and other pain therapies may be able to reverse some central sensitization, especially if it is new, if the pain control method is effective. The cause of the pain and the perpetuating factors must also be brought under control. Since most FM researchers are as yet not considering the peripheral cause of the pain and other symptoms, trigger points, vast shadows are being cast on current fibromyalgia research. DJS]
Bhatti MI, Hollingworth P, Leach P. 2013. Significant improvement of fibromyalgia symptoms after excision of large meningioma - a case report. Br J Neurosurg. [June 14 Epub ahead of print]. "We report a very unusual case of a 42-year-old patient with confirmed fibromyalgia and juvenile onset arthritis whose symptoms dramatically improved after surgical excision of a large, dominant hemisphere, parafalcine meningioma."
Biasi G, Di Sabatino V, Ghizzani A et al. 2014. Chronic pelvic pain: comorbidity between chronic musculoskeletal pain and vulvodynia. Reumatismo. 66(1):87-91. "Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a common condition that has a major impact on the quality of life of both men and women. Male CPP is usually attributable to well-defined urogenital conditions (most frequently infectious/non infectious prostatic diseases) or musculoskeletal or bowel diseases, whereas the features of female CPP are much more complex and are of particular clinical and epidemiological importance. It is a multifactorial syndrome that can be due to diseases of the urogenital, gastrointestinal, or musculoskeletal systems, or to neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders. It is not always easy to identify its predominant pathogenesis, although it often occurs as a central sensitization syndrome triggered by an initial stimulus which is no longer detectable and only manifests itself clinically through pain. In this respect, there are some very interesting relationships between vulvodynia and fibromyalgic syndrome, as identified in a preliminary study of women with chronic musculoskeletal pain in which it was demonstrated that vulvar pain plays an important role, although it is often overlooked and undiagnosed." [Myofascial trigger points are often responsible for or contribute to chronic pelvic pain and/or vulvodynia. There are excellent research articles on this. See Doggweiler R. DJS]
Biasi, G., A. Fioravani, A. Franci and R. Marcolongo. 1994. [The
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Bican O, Jacovides C, Pulido L et al. 2011. Total knee arthroplasty inpatients with fibromyalgia. J Knee Surg. 24(4):265-271. "We matched 59 patients (90 knees) who underwent primary TKA (total knee arthroplasty) with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to control patients who underwent the same surgery. Postoperative satisfaction and functional outcomes were assessed using a Likert scale and the SF-36 survey, respectively. At 3.4 years' follow-up, fibromyalgia patients were less satisfied with TKA than control patients, and had lower preoperative and postoperative SF-36 scores. They demonstrated improvement comparable to that of controls following TKA, however. Fibromyalgia patients appear to show improvement comparable to that of controls following surgery. This syndrome should not be considered a contraindication for surgery."
Bicket MC, Simmons C, Zheng Y. 2016. The best-laid plans of "Back Mice" and men: A case report and literature review of episacroiliac lipoma. Pain Physician. 19(3):181-188. "Firm, rubbery, mobile nodules that are located in characteristic regions of the sacroiliac, posterior superior iliac, and the lumbar paraspinal regions may represent fatty tissue that has herniated through fascial layers. When painful, these back mice may be confused with other causes of low back pain. In particular, the presence of point tenderness may mimic myofascial pain, and reports of radicular pain may imitate herniated nucleus pulposus. However, back mice may be distinguished from other entities based on findings from the history and physical examination such as absence of neurological deficit. Treatment consisting of injection of local anesthetic into the nodule with or without corticosteroid followed by repeated, direct needling has been reported to relieve pain in many case reports. The one clinical trial comparing injection of local anesthetic to normal saline, which did not include repeated needling, found only mild and transient benefit in the treatment group." Free Article
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claimed 71% correspondence of trigger points to traditional acupuncture
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result is “conceptually not possible,” and that there is no more than a
40% correlation and more likely 18% to 19% correlation between the two.
The author did find that another class of acupuncture points, “a
she” points, had a very high correlation to trigger points.
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Bisdorff A. 2014. Migraine and dizziness. Curr Opin Neurol. 27(1):105-110. "The further refinement and wider acceptance of the diagnostic entity of vestibular migraine is an important development as it is one the most common vestibular disorders. But the relationship between migraine and vestibular dysfunction is complex and has many aspects beyond vestibular migraine."
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Bismil Q, Bismil M. 2013. Myofascial-entheseal dysfunction in chronic whiplash injury: an observational study. JRSM Short Rep. 3(8):57. "1025 consecutive patients with chronic whiplash with neck pain and reduced cervical spine range of motion and trapezius trigger points were seen in this large orthopedic practice seen during a 4-year period. They all had trapezius-associated enthesopathy. This observational paper proposes a change of the definition of chronic whiplash associated disorder to "a painful syndrome following acceleration-deceleration injury with neck stiffness; and myofascial-entheal dysfunction". [Dysfunction of the enthesis, or attachment area, can be a critical part of any injury involving the joint area. DJS]
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Stress reactions cause abdominal obesity and comorbidities?
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Hypothalamus-Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis and sympathetic nervous
system [commonly part of FMS DJS] may be the prelude to
many serious illnesses. This includes Metabolic Syndrome. It is
important to prevent and/or treat abnormal stress activation.
"...it is suggested that environmental, perinatal and genetic
factors induce neuroendocrine perturbations followed by abnormal
abdominal obesity with its associated comorbidities."
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generally experience worse health and shorter lives than their better
off counterparts. They also suffer a greater incidence of adverse
psychosocial characteristics, such as low self-esteem, self-efficacy,
and self-mastery and increased cynicism and hostility. Chronic
socioeconomic deprivation can create environments that undermine the
development of self and capacities constitutive to moral agency — i.e.,
the capacity for self-determination and crafting a life of one’s own.
This moral harm is particularly salient in modern Western societies,
especially in the United States, where success and failure is attributed
to the individual, with little notice of the larger social and political
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Blanco I, Beritze N, Arguelles M et al.
2010. Abnormal over expression of mastocytes in skin biopsies of
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print]. “Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded skin tissue sections were
collected from a matched cohort of 63 fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)
patients and 49 volunteers from the general population with both
alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) normal and deficiency variants. These tissues
were examined for the expression of the broad-spectrum inhibitor AAT,
the serine proteinases elastase and tryptase, the proinflammatory
cytokines MCP-1 and TNFalpha, the endothelium biomarker VEGF, and the
inflammation/nociception-related receptor PAR(2). The most relevant
finding of the study was a significantly increased number of mast cells
(MCs) in the papillary dermis of all FMS patients (greater than or equal
to five to 14 per microscopic high power field) compared to zero to one
in controls (p < 0.001). MCs strongly stained with tryptase, AAT and
PAR(2) antibodies, exhibited a spindle-like shape and were uniformly
distributed around blood vessels and appendages. MCP-1 and VEGF
expressed weak/moderate positivity in most samples, with a higher
expression in controls than in FMS patients (p < 0.001 and 0.051,
respectively). No differences in elastase and TNFalpha were found
between both groups. Moreover, no histological differences were found
between samples from AAT deficiency and normal AAT phenotypes. Our
results indicate that FMS is a MC-associated condition. MCs are present
in skin and mucosal surfaces throughout the human body, and are easily
stimulated by a number of physical, psychological, and chemical triggers
to degranulate, releasing several proinflammatory products which are
able to generate nervous peripheral stimuli causing CNS
hypersensitivity, local, and systemic symptoms. Our findings open new
avenues of research on FMS mechanisms and will benefit the diagnosis of
patients and the development of therapeutics.” [Other studies have
indicated that the skin of fibromyalgia patients differs in collagen
depositions, mast cell amounts, and in other ways. Myofascial trigger
point practitioners have indicated the special feel of “fibroskin” is
unique. Histamine is a neurotransmitter that can become imbalanced
early in FM, and its overabundance can be a perpetuating factor for both
FM and CMP and may be a key to some interactive conditions. DJS]
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stress related to heat waves; injuries related to extreme weather events
such as storms, fires and floods; infectious disease outbreaks due to
changing patterns of mosquito borne and water borne diseases; poor nutrition
from reduced food availability and affordability; the psychosocial impact of
drought; and the displacement of communities. Primary health care has
an important role in preparing for and responding to these climate change
related threats to human health.” [Patients with weather-reactive
health conditions should be environmental activists. We are the canaries in
the mines. Sensitivity to pollution in all its forms has made us the
first to be aware, but we will not be the last to be affected. DJS]
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central sensitization as an important neurophysiological aberration in the
development of FMS. Importantly, these neurological changes may result
from inadequately treated chronic focal pain problems such as osteoarthritis
or myofascial pain.” “Fibromyalgia patients need recognition of their
pain syndrome if they are to comply with treatment. Lack of empathy
and understanding by healthcare professionals often leads to patient
frustration and inappropriate illness behavior, often associated with some
exaggeration of symptoms in an effort to gain some legitimacy for their
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Bodes-Pardo G, Pecos-Martin D, Gallego-Izquierdo T et al. 2013. Manual treatment for cervicogenic headache and active trigger point in the sternocleidomastoid muscle: A pilot randomized clinical trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. [July 8 Epub ahead of print]. Twenty patients. "The preliminary findings show that manual therapy targeted to active TrPs in the sternocleidomastoid muscle may be effective for reducing headache and neck pain intensity and increasing motor performance of the deep cervical flexors, PPT (pressure-pain threshold), and active CROM (cervical range of motion) in individuals with CeH (cervicogenic headache) showing active TrPs in this muscle. Studies including greater sample sizes and examining long-term effects are needed. "
Boelens OB, Scheltinga MR, Houterman S et al. 2012. Randomized clinical trial of trigger point infiltration with lidocaine to diagnose anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome. Br J Surg. [Nov 23 Epub ahead of print]. "Entrapped branches of intercostal nerves may contribute to the clinical picture in some patients with chronic abdominal pain. Pain reduction following local infiltration in these patients was based on an anesthetic mechanism and not on a placebo or a mechanical (volume) effect."
Boelens OB, Scheltinga MR, Houterman S et al. 2011. Management of anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome in a cohort of 139 patients. Ann Surg. [Aug 30 Epub ahead of print]. "A regimen of consecutive local trigger point injections is effective in one-third of patients with ACNES (anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome). Surgical neurectomy is effective in about two-thirds of the injection regimen refractory patients. Eighty percent of the entire ACNES population reports total or substantial pain relief on the long term." [All too often, surgery is considered because the treating clinician does not know how to diagnose or treat trigger points. Much surgery can be prevented. DJS]
Bohme K. 2002. Buprenorphine in a
transdermal therapeutic system — a new option. Clin Rheumatol
21 Suppl 1:S13-S16. “Typical opioid-related adverse events
were reported with a low incidence and mild intensity. Clinical
benefit, coupled with a high level of patient compliance and improved
quality of life, substantiate the usefulness of buprenorphine TDS in a
Bohra MH, Kaushik C, Temple D et al. 2014. Weighing the balance: how analgesics used in chronic pain influence sleep. Br J Pain. 8(3):107–118."We conclude that antidepressants have both positive and negative effects on sleep, so do opioids, but in the latter case the evidence shifts towards the counterproductive side. Some anticonvulsants are sleep sparing and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are sleep neutral. Cannabinoids remain an underexplored and researched group…. Sleep deprivation leading to a decrease in the ability to focus or shift attention has been shown to affect the attentional modulation of pain. Sleep-deprived individuals have impaired ability to focus attention and then disengage from painful stimuli, which can lead to failure of cognitive-behavioral and distraction strategies used in pain management.18 Changes in mood have a profound effect on the perception of chronic pain, and sleep deprivation is closely linked to depression and elevated levels of inflammatory markers, which are positively associated with increased spontaneous pain…. It is important to recognize the strength of the impact of sleep disturbance on pain, of chronic pain on sleep and the analgesic property of sleep. Therapeutic interventions aimed to treat pain would work best if the chronic pain sufferer is sleeping well."
Boisgontier MP, Olivier I, Chenu O et al. 2011. Presbypropria: the effects of physiological ageing on proprioceptive control. Age (Dordr). [Aug 18 Epub ahead of print]. "Results showed that proprioceptive control was as accurate and as consistent in older as in young adults for a single proprioceptive task. However, performing a secondary cognitive task and increasing the difficulty of this secondary task evidenced both a decreased matching performance and/or an increased attentional cost of proprioceptive control in older adults as compared to young ones. These results advocated for an impaired proprioception in physiological ageing." [This may be similar to what occurs due to TrPs in FM. The braion can only handle so much, and when confronted with multiple proprioceptive TrP dysfunction as well as the pain stimuli, cognitive dysfunction results. DJS]
Boldingh MI, Ljostad U, Mygland A et al. 2013. Comparison of interictal vestibular function in vestibular migraine vs. migraine without vertigo. Headache. [May 15 Epub ahead of print]. This study found vestibular abnormalities in all migraine patients tested.
Bonavita V, DeSimone R. 2015. The lesson of chronic migraine. Neurol Sci. 36 Suppl 1:101-107. "The hypothesis that central sensitization/allodynia is the common final mechanism responsible for the progression of migraine pain is supported by the possibility of tracing back to allodynic mechanisms the action of the main risk factors for chronic migraine validated by the recent literature. The comorbidity between migraine and idiopathic intracranial hypertension without papilledema is emerging as a new, commonly overlooked risk factor for migraine progression whose putative mechanism might also converge on the sensitization of central pain pathways. If headache progression always occurs at the end of a pathogenetic sequence typical of an individual susceptibility to allodynia, then the primary character of chronic migraine might be debated. Allodynia is not specific to migraine but is implied in the progressive amplification of pain after repeated stimuli, a universal adaptive phenomenon. Being largely conditioned by the individual comorbidity profile, allodynia may only in part be defined as primary in itself. Many migraine comorbid conditions, including a hidden idiopathic intracranial hypertension without papilledema, may emphasize susceptibility to allodynia and promote chronic migraine. These factors and comorbid conditions require them to be individually assessed and adequately treated to optimize the therapeutic response.
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J Phys Med Rehabil 82(3):197-202. Palpation for trigger points (TrPs)
reproduced pain in 54% of the wheelchair user patients who had experienced
recent neck pain. Myofascial TrPs may be a significant contributor to
neck pain in wheelchair users. [Not only neck pain. Janet
Travell mentioned how much the wheelchair was “vexing” the TrPs in her
legs, and indicated that the use of the chair, although she was generally
able to get up and about for specific needs, could be a perpetuating factor
for many TrPs. DJS]
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During the prodromic period this trigger point was detected as a tender
protrusion on neck palpation. In 18 out of 24 patients it was also
found during the headache-free period. On standard roentgenogram,
this protrusion seemed to be a laterally developed C2 spinous process.
The EMG study showed latest trapezius hypertonicity on the side of the
headache, even during the headache-free period. The association of
the painful protrusion and trapezius hypertonicity could create an
autoreinforcing nociceptive loop, which in turn could be the cause of
lateralization of the pain.”
Borenstein DG, Hassett AL, Pisetsky D. 2017. Pain management in rheumatology research, training, and practice. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 35 Suppl 107(5):2-7. "The Pain Management Task Force of the American College of Rheumatology published a report in 2010 highlighting pain management as a fundamental aspect of clinical practice, training and research. In the interim, the consideration of pain as a focus of attention of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals has become even more challenging than in 2010 because of the epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose death. The characterisation of categories of pain by mechanism (e.g., inflammation, joint degeneration, abnormalities of central pain processing) can help guide treatment. However, such categorisation can overlook the overlap of these processes and their interaction to create mixed pain states. Further complicating the assessment of pain, outcome measures in rheumatic disease often assess the degree of pain indirectly while concentrating on the quantification of inflammation. Non-inflammatory pain often persists despite treatment, highlighting the need for alternative analgesic therapies. Recommended therapies include acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and stimulators of the pain inhibitory pathway. Each of these non-opioid therapies has incomplete efficacy and potential toxicities that can limit their utility. Non-pharmacologic therapies can show efficacy that rivals or surpasses pharmacologic therapies in the control of pain and improving function in a variety of rheumatic disorders including chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. A limitation of the use of these therapies is inadequate training and appreciation of their benefits. Furthermore, the supply of trained practitioners to provide non-pharmacological care and support patient efforts for self-management is often limited. Together, these considerations suggest the importance of a renewed effort to implement task force recommendations." Free Article
Borg C, Chouchou F, Dayot-Gorlero J et al. 2018. Pain and emotion as predictive factors of interoception in fibromyalgia. J Pain Res. 11:823-835. "Based on observations on the relationship between somatosensory processing and pain in FM and considering the affective symptoms of this disorder, we tested in FM three dimensions of interoception: interoceptive accuracy (IA), interoceptive awareness (IAW) and interoceptive sensibility (IS)....Multiple regression analyses showed that increased pain-related affect and reactions decrease IA in FM. When the results of each group were examined separately, such effect was found only in FM patients. On its turn, IS was predicted by emotional consciousness and pain-related affect and reactions, but these effects did not differ between FM and controls. Finally, none of the variables we used predicted IAW....Pain-related affect and reactions in FM patients can reduce their interoceptive ability." [This has relevance to any people with FM and CMPD who have menstrual pain, GERD, prostatitis, and other internal symptoms. DJS]
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comprehensive pain management of patients with fibromyalgia should
include a thoughtful evaluation and search for peripheral pain
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Borg-Stein J, Iaccarino MA. 2014. Myofascial Pain Syndrome Treatments. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 25(2):357-374. "Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a regional pain disorder caused by taut bands of muscle fibers in skeletal muscles called myofascial trigger points. MPS is a common disorder, often diagnosed and treated by physiatrists. Treatment strategies for MPS include exercises, patient education, and trigger point injection. Pharmacologic interventions are also common, and a variety of analgesics, antiinflammatories, antidepressants, and other medications are used in clinical practice. This review explores the various treatment options for MPS, including those therapies that target myofascial trigger points and common secondary symptoms."
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labeled. It is important to recognize and treat the soft tissue
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in combination: ligamentous, non ligamentous, discogenic and facet.
All contributing causes must be evaluated and treated.
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"Nerve damage takes place during surgery. As a consequence, significant numbers (10%-40%) of patients experience chronic neuropathic pain termed surgically induced neuropathic pain (SNPP). The initiating surgery and nerve damage set off a cascade of events that includes both pain and an inflammatory response, resulting in "peripheral and central sensitization," with the latter resulting from repeated barrages of neural activity from nociceptors. In affected patients, these initial events produce chemical, structural, and functional changes in the peripheral and central nervous systems (CNS). The maladaptive changes in damaged nerves lead to peripheral manifestations of the neuropathic state-allodynia, sensory loss, shooting pains, etc, that can manifest long after the effects of the surgical injury have resolved. The CNS manifestations that occur are termed "centralization of pain" and affect sensory, emotional, and other (e.g., cognitive) systems as well as contributing to some of the manifestations of the chronic pain syndrome (e.g., depression). Currently there are no objective measures of nociception and pain in the perioperative period. As such, intermittent or continuous pain may take place during and after surgery. New technologies including direct measures of specific brain function of nociception and new insights into preoperative evaluation of patients including genetic predisposition, appear to provide initial opportunities for decreasing the burden of SNPP, until treatments with high efficacy and low adverse effects that either prevent or treat pain are discovered."
Bosma RL, Mojarad EA, Leung L et al. 2016. FMRI of spinal and supra-spinal correlates of temporal pain summation in fibromyalgia patients. Hum Brain Mapp. Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print] "…FM pain is thought to rely on enhanced pain sensitivity maintained by central mechanisms. One of these mechanisms is central pain amplification, which is characterized by altered temporal summation of second pain (TSSP)…the spinal and brainstem….responses to TSSP are different between NC and FM patients, which may indicate alterations to descending pain control mechanisms suggesting contributions of these mechanisms to central sensitization and pain of FM patients."
Bossema ER, Kool MB, Cornet D et al. 2011. Characteristics of suitable work from the perspective of patients with fibromyalgia. Rheumatology (Oxford). [Oct 22 Epub ahead of print]. "Our aim was to investigate the characteristics of suitable work from the perspective of patients with FM.... According to patients with FM, suitable work is paced in such a way that one can perform the job well and with satisfaction while keeping energy for home and free time and having acknowledgement and help from management and colleagues. The brief suitable work checklist that is provided can help patients with FM to negotiate with employers and job professionals to improve the match between job demands and capabilities. [FM is heterogeneous. Much of the ability to work specific jobs may depend on the severity of the FM, the perpetuating factors, and co-existing conditions (especially myofascial TrPs.) DJS]
Botelho LM, Morales-Quezada L, Rozisky JR et al. 2016. A framework for understanding the relationship between descending pain modulation, motor corticospinal, and neuroplasticity regulation systems in chronic myofascial pain. Front Hum Neurosci. 10:308. "Recent evidence has demonstrated that three neural systems are affected in chronic pain: (i) motor corticospinal system; (ii) internal descending pain modulation system; and (iii) the system regulating neuroplasticity…. These findings suggest that the loss of net descending pain inhibition was associated with an increase in ICF, serum BDNF levels, and DRP. We propose a framework to explain the relationship and potential directionality of these factors. In this framework we hypothesize that increased central sensitization leads to a loss of descending pain inhibition that triggers compensatory mechanisms as shown by increased motor cortical excitability." Free PMC Article
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placement within the cervicothoracic musculature in an obese patient in whom
the musculature is not readily palpated. This, thus, reduces the
potential for a pneumothorax by an improperly placed injection.”
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Boyce RA, Kirpalani T, Mohan N. 2016. Updates of topical and local anesthesia agents. Dent Clin North Am. 60(2):445-471. "As described in this article, there are many advances in topical and local anesthesia. Topical and local anesthetics have played a great role in dentistry in alleviating the fears of patients, eliminating pain, and providing pain control. Many invasive procedures would not be performed without the use and advances of topical/local anesthetics. The modern-day dentist has the responsibility of knowing the variety of products on the market and should have at least references to access before, during, and after treatment. This practice ensures proper care with topical and local anesthetics for the masses of patients entering dental offices worldwide." [This is an excellent article from dental practitioners who also know trigger point injections, and includes how to pick the best anesthetics to provide dentistry that is as pain-controlled as possible. DJS]
Boyden SD, Hossain IN, Wohlfahrt et al. 2016. Non-inflammatory causes of pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 18(6):30. "Although pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is frequently thought to be inflammatory in nature, the association between measures of inflammation and pain intensity is low. This observation is likely due to the multifactorial nature of pain. In addition to pain from joint inflammation, RA patients may also have pain due to structural damage or central etiologies, such as aberrancies in the central nervous system (CNS) pain regulatory pathways. These CNS pathways include mechanisms that facilitate pain, as well as mechanisms that inhibit pain. Other factors, such as sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and catastrophizing, may also impact the perception of pain in RA patients. Since pain is frequently used as a proxy for inflammation in the assessment of RA disease activity, it is important that patients and physicians recognize that not all pain is inflammatory, and alternative management strategies, other than escalating disease-modifying antirheumatic drug treatment, may need to be considered." [Some of the pain and other symptoms experienced by RA patients may be due to other causes, such as fibromyalgia and trigger points, and adequate treatment of these other pain sources could bring a significant percentage of relief. DJS]
Boyles R, Fowler R, Ramsey D et al. 2015. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for multiple body regions: a systematic review. J Man Manip Ther. 23(5):276-293. "The majority of high-quality studies included in this review show measured benefit from TDN for MTrPs in multiple body areas, suggesting broad applicability of TDN treatment for multiple muscle groups. Further high-quality research is warranted to standardise TDN methods to determine clinical applicability."
2010. Role of spinal cord
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[Mar 16 Epub ahead of print]. “The discovery that glial activation plays
a critical role in the modulation of neuronal functions and affects the
spinal processing of nociceptive signaling has brought new understanding
on the mechanisms underlying central sensitization involved in chronic
pain facilitation. Spinal glial activation is now considered an
important component in the development and maintenance of allodynia and
hyperalgesia in various models of chronic pain, including neuropathic
pain and pain associated with peripheral inflammation. In addition,
spinal glial activation is also involved in some forms of visceral
hyperalgesia….We discuss the signaling pathways engaged in central glial
activation, including stress pathways, and the neuron-glia bidirectional
relationships involved in the modulation of synaptic activity and pain
facilitation. In this expanding field of research, the characterization
of the mechanisms by which glia affect spinal neuro-transmission will
increase our understanding of central pain facilitation, and has the
potential for the development of new therapeutic agents for common
chronic pain conditions.” [Now all we need to do is have the energy and
funds now directed at neuron research to be directed to glial research.
Then we may have a better chance to find specific ways to neutralize
central sensitization. DJS]
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"Trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) is commonly used to treat persons with myofascial pain, but no studies currently exist investigating its safety. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of Adverse Events (AEs) associated with the use of TrP-DN by a sample of physiotherapists in Ireland….A prospective survey was undertaken consisting of two forms recording mild and significant AEs. Physiotherapists who had completed TrP-DN training with the David G Simons Academy (DGSA) were eligible to take part in the study. Data were collected over a ten-month period….In the study, 39 physiotherapists participated and 1463 (19.18%) mild AEs were reported in 7629 treatments with TrP-DN. No significant AEs were reported giving an estimated upper risk rate for significant AEs of less than or equal to 0.04%. Common AEs included bruising (7.55%), bleeding (4.65%), pain during treatment (3.01%), and pain after treatment (2.19%). Uncommon AEs were aggravation of symptoms (0.88%), drowsiness (0.26%), headache (0.14%), and nausea (0.13%). Rare AEs were fatigue (0.04%), altered emotions (0.04%), shaking, itching, claustrophobia, and numbness, all 0.01%....While mild AEs were very commonly reported in this study of TrP-DN, no significant AEs occurred. For the physiotherapists surveyed, TrP-DN appeared to be a safe treatment."
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regulates the human circadian system, which, in turn, has a broad
regulatory impact on virtually all tissues in the body.” This
includes the neuroendocrine system. The use of specific wavelength
light at specific times of the day may be very helpful in resetting
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mechanism of whiplash injury and avoid aggressive motion in that plane
during diagnosis and treatment.”
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[German] “...there is now increasing evidence that the plasticity of the
human brain, i.e. its remarkable ability to adapt to and change with
experience, is, under normal conditions, a lifelong phenomenon.” “The
capability to modify the biochemistry of synapses as well as the growth
and change in terms of rewiring of synapses, dendritic branching and
glial cell proliferation via the dialogue of synapses and genes, results
in specific changes in neuronal connectivity and function.”
“...neurotransmitter systems modulate neuronal plasticity on the
neuronal level; on the behavioral level they influence affect, emotion,
positive motivation and the correct evaluation of environmental stimuli.
Experience, action as well as learning and memory are influenced by
these systems.” [Superb paper with great significance in FMS. DJS]
Bravo JF. 2009. [Ehlers-Danlos
syndrome, with special emphasis in the joint hypermobility syndrome].
Rev Med Chil. 137(11):1488-1497. [Spanish] “There is an urgent need
to increase the awareness on the Joint Hyper mobility Syndrome (JHS).
This is a congenital and prevalent emergent condition that is frequently
undiagnosed and that causes significant health problems. Besides
recurrent muscular-skeletal problems and signs and symptoms derived from
tissue fragility, adolescents and young adults may develop osteoporosis,
early osteoarthritis or dysautonomia, that are common in the disease,
and deteriorate quality of life. Many JHS patients have signs and
symptoms suggestive of fibromyalgia and are usually misdiagnosed.
Physicians should be able to differentiate the less severe form of JHS
from the Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, to diagnose it before the
appearance of serious complications and even death. The study of these
diseases is a promising area for genomic and rheumatologic research.”
Brennan KL, Allen BC, Maldonado YM. 2017. Dry needling versus cortisone injection in the treatment of greater trochanteric pain syndrome: A non-inferiority randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 3:1-30. "Background: Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is the current terminology for what was once called greater trochanteric or sub-gluteal bursitis. Cortisone (corticosteroid) injections into the lateral hip is a traditionally accepted treatment for this condition…. (Study) Conclusions: Cortisone injections for GTPS did not provide greater pain relief or reduction in functional limitations than DN."
Brewer R, Cook R, Bird G. 2016. Alexithymia: a general deficit of interoception. R Soc Open Sci. 3(10):150664. "Alexithymia is a sub-clinical construct, traditionally characterized by difficulties identifying and describing one's own emotions. Despite the clear need for interoception (interpreting physical signals from the body) when identifying one's own emotions, little research has focused on the selectivity of this impairment. While it was originally assumed that the interoceptive deficit in alexithymia is specific to emotion, recent evidence suggests that alexithymia may also be associated with difficulties perceiving some non-affective interoceptive signals, such as one's heart rate. It is therefore possible that the impairment experienced by those with alexithymia is common to all aspects of interoception, such as interpreting signals of hunger, arousal, proprioception, tiredness and temperature... ." Their findings indicate that alexthymia is a general failure or dysfunction of interoception. Free Article
Brikman S, Furer V, Wollman J et al. 2016. The effect of the presence of fibromyalgia on common clinical disease activity indices in patients with psoriatic arthritis: A cross-sectional study. J Rheumatol. [Jun 1 Epub ahead of print.] "Coexisting FM is related to worse scores on all tested measures in patients with PsA. Its influence should be taken into consideration in the treatment algorithm to avoid unnecessary upgrading of treatment."
Brinck E, Kontinen V. 2017. Ketamine in the treatment of acute pain. Duodecim. 133(9):863-868. "Ketamine is an old anesthetic agent that relieves pain by reducing central sensitization in the central nervous system. This is advantageous for patients suffering from severe pain prior to surgery or are using a strong opioid. The S enantiomer of ketamine used for anesthesia is more powerful than racemic ketamine. The ideal dose of ketamine for pain relief is not yet known, and its adverse effects on the central nervous system, including hallucinations, sedation, and diplopia have limited its use in pain management. The significance of these effects at low doses is probably less than expected, particularly if benzodiazepines or an alpha-2 agonist, such as dexmedetomidine, are administered in addition to ketamine."
Briones-Vozmediano E, Ohman A, Goicolea I et al. 2017. "The complaining women": health professionals' perceptions on patients with fibromyalgia in Spain. Disabil Rehabil. 7:1-7. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is twofold: (1) to explore health service providers' perceptions regarding fibromyalgia patients in Spain and (2) to analyze possible consequences of these perceptions in terms of how health service providers construct the disease and treat their patients. SUBJECTS/PATIENTS: Twelve health service providers (eight men, four women) involved in the care of fibromyalgia patients. Providers were from different disciplines and included general practitioners, rheumatologists, occupational doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and behavioral specialists from Spain. METHOD: We performed individual semistructured interviews, which were recorded and transcribed to conduct a qualitative content analysis supported by Atlas.ti-7. RESULTS: We identified three categories from the interviews: (1) the fibromyalgia patient prototype: the complaining woman, (2) fibromyalgia is considered a women's health issue, but male patients are a privileged minority, and (3) health professionals' attitudes toward fibromyalgia patients: are they really suffering or pretending? CONCLUSION: The uncertainty surrounding fibromyalgia together with the fact that those affected are primarily women, seem to influence professional practice in terms of lack of recognition of Fibromyalgia as a severe disease. Increased training of all health professionals is essential to improving the support and attention given to patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Implications for rehabilitation Fibromyalgia • In order to improve fibromyalgia patients' attention, health providers should learn how to assist patients without prejudices. • Training programs for health providers should include sensitization about the severity of fibromyalgia. • Health providers should be aware of the existence of stereotypes about women suffering from fibromyalgia. • Fibromyalgia protocols should give skills to health providers to avoid offering a gender-biased attention to patients.
Brisby H. 2006. Pathology and possible
mechanisms of nervous system response to disc degeneration. J Bone
Joint Surg Am. 88 Suppl 2:68-71. “"Deterioration of a disc with loss of normal structure and weight-bearing properties may lead to abnormal motions that cause mechanical stimulation. This theory is supported by the fact that patients commonly experience an increase in pain with weight-bearing and certain movements." "Disc deterioration also influences other spinal structures, such as facet joints, ligaments, and muscles, which can also become pain generators. Thus, disc degeneration may be responsible for the development of chronic low-back pain without being the actual pain focus. Both nociceptive and neuropathic pain can be modulated at higher centers, both at the spinal and the supraspinal levels (central sensitization). The altered magnitude of perceived pain is often referred to as neural plasticity and is considered to play a critical role in the evolution of chronic pain."
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classifications on the multidimensional pain inventory. Pain 109(1-2):94-102. “The
implications of this study is that for a sizable number of chronic pain
patients, MPI classifications may not be stable, trait-like
agrees with my observation in the 2nd edition Survival Manual. Chronic pain can often cause patients to answer in a way that may
indicate antisocial or other psychological characteristics in a healthy
person. For example, you often
leave a party early because you are in pain, not because you want to avoid
Brodin P, Jojic V, Gao T et al. 2015.Variation in the human immune system is largely driven by non-heritable influences. Cell 160(1-2):37-47. The environment may affect the immune system response more than genetic influences. This effect grows stronger as we age. This study was done on healthy twins, but the results may be even more important to those with inherited autoimmune disorders. There is a brief article more understandable to the lay person in Science News, February 21, 2015, page 9. "Environment steers the immune system", by Tina Hesman Saey. (This highlights the importance of perpetuating factors that we can change. DJS)
Bromberg MH, Schechter NL, Nurko S et al. 2014. Persistent pain in chronically ill children without detectable disease activity. Pain Manag. 4(3):211-219. "Children with organic diseases may experience persistent pain in the presence of controlled disease, as evidenced by little or no measurable disease activity or inflammation. Historically, dualistic definitions of pain have informed standard diagnostic approaches to persistent pain; aggressive investigation and treatment targeting underlying disease, even in the absence of evidence indicating disease escalation. Evidence across disease populations, in children with inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell disease, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis indicates that persistent pain in these conditions may be better conceptualized as functional in nature, potentially resulting from disordered somatosensory processing including central sensitization. Applying a biopsychosocial understanding of persistent pain and multidisciplinary functional pain management strategies may lead to improved health outcomes."
Bron C, de Gast A, Dommerholt J et al. 2011. Treatment of myofascial trigger points in patients with chronic shoulder pain: a randomized, controlled trial. BMC Jan 24;9:8. A 12-week trial of weekly manual trigger point compression, manual stretching, and intermittent cold with stretching in addition to home muscle stretching, relaxation exercises and ergonomic and postural correction reduced symptoms and improved function for patients with chronic shoulder pain.
Bron C, Dommerholt J. 2012. Etiology of myofascial trigger points. Curr Pain Rep. 16(5):439-444. "Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is described as the sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points (TrPs). Knowing the potential causes of TrPs is important to prevent their development and recurrence, but also to inactivate and eliminate existing TrPs. There is general agreement that muscle overuse or direct trauma to the muscle can lead to the development of TrPs. Muscle overload is hypothesized to be the result of sustained or repetitive low-level muscle contractions, eccentric muscle contractions, and maximal or submaximal concentric muscle contractions. TrPs may develop during occupational, recreational, or sports activities when muscle use exceeds muscle capacity and normal recovery is disturbed." Trigger points are common in athletes, and anyone subjected to restrictions of blood flow to the muscle in which they develop. The lack of blood flow leads to a lowered pH and release of pro-inflammatory biochemicals. There is still disagreement if overuse mechanisms or chronic pain are the initiating factor.
Bron C, Dommerholt JD. 2012. Etiology of Myofascial Trigger Points. Curr Pain Headache Rep. [Jul 27 Epub ahead of print]. "Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is described as the sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points (TrPs). Knowing the potential causes of TrPs is important to prevent their development and recurrence, but also to inactivate and eliminate existing TrPs. There is general agreement that muscle overuse or direct trauma to the muscle can lead to the development of TrPs. Muscle overload is hypothesized to be the result of sustained or repetitive low-level muscle contractions, eccentric muscle contractions, and maximal or submaximal concentric muscle contractions. TrPs may develop during occupational, recreational, or sports activities when muscle use exceeds muscle capacity and normal recovery is disturbed."
Bron C, Dommerholt J, Stegenga B et al. 2011. High prevalence of shoulder girdle muscles with myofascial trigger points in patients with shoulder pain. BMC Musculoskel Disord. 12:139. If patients have chronic non-traumatic shoulder pain, it is likely that they have active and latent myofascial trigger points.
Brooks JC, Kong Y, Lee MC et al. 2012. Stimulus Site and Modality Dependence of Functional Activity within the Human Spinal Cord. J Neurosci. 32(18):6231-6239. "We have investigated the functional response in the cervical spinal cord of 18 healthy human subjects (aged 22-40 years) to noxious thermal and non-noxious tactile stimulation of the left and right forearms. Physiological noise, which is a significant source of signal variability in the spinal cord, was accounted for in the general linear model….Nonpainful punctate stimulation of the thenar eminence provoked more diffuse activity but was still ipsilateral to the side of stimulation. These results present the first noninvasive evidence for a lateralized response to noxious and non-noxious stimuli in the human spinal cord. The development of these techniques opens the path to understanding, at a subject-specific level, central sensitization processes that contribute to chronic pain states.
Brooks JM, Muller V, Sánchez J et al. 2017. Mindfulness as a protective factor against depressive symptoms in people with fibromyalgia. J Ment Health. Dec 22:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] "Mindfulness seems to play an important role as a protective factor against the negative effects of stress and depression among people with FM and should be included in mental health interventions for chronic pain."
Brooks L, Hadi J, Amber KT et al. 2015. Assessing the prevalence of autoimmune, endocrine, gynecologic, and psychiatric comorbidities in an ethnically diverse cohort of female fibromyalgia patients: does the time from hysterectomy provide a clue? J Pain Res. 2015 Aug 20;8:561-9. "This study demonstrates that autoimmune, endocrine, and gynecologic pathologies occur more commonly in women with FM than in those with CP (chronic pain), which is consistent with findings in less ethnically diverse samples. Moreover, a relationship was found between timing of pain onset and gynecologic surgery. " Free PMC Article
Brown D, Mulvey M, Cordingley L et al. 2016. The relationship between psychological distress and multiple tender points across the adult lifespan. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 63:102-107. "Multiple tender points are common in the population and, in studies of midlife adults, are strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress…. This cross-sectional study investigated whether high levels of psychological distress would be associated with a high tender point count and whether the relationship would be moderated by age…. Psychological distress was associated with multiple tender points independent of age. Psychological distress and trouble sleeping were important, potentially modifiable factors associated with the outcome." Free PMC Article
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published study found that women with extracapsular silicone-gel
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from TrPs. DJS]
Brummett CM, Clauw DJ. 2011. Fibromyalgia: a primer for the anesthesia community. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. [Jul 27 Epub ahead of print]. "Research continues to demonstrate that fibromyalgia patients have neurophysiologic abnormalities that alter sensory perception, including lower levels of central neurotransmitters associated with the inhibition of pain and higher levels those that facilitate pain. While comorbid mood disorders are more common in fibromyalgia patients, studies have shown that fibromyalgia symptoms are not explained by depression alone. In the last year, the American College of Rheumatology established a new self-report questionnaire for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia in lieu of the previously required tender point examination plus self-report questionnaire. This questionnaire allows for the study of the severity of sensitivity and symptomatology on a continuum, which is termed 'fibromyalgianess'. Some new concepts in the treatment have been proposed, including sodium oxybate, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and web-based cognitive behavioral therapy.....The impact of fibromyalgia on anesthesia care is not known. Years of quality research have clearly demonstrated multiple pathophysiologic changes that could impact anesthesia care and future study is needed." [Myofascial pain awareness is necessary as well. The addition of a Bier's block during IV anesthesia using an irritating substance could prevent a trigger point cascade and an exacerbation of FM, for example.]
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least part of why some of a subset of FMS patients have greater
cognitive impairment when they reach middle age. This may be very
significant, and an initiating factor that can be prevented. DJS]
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Burke NN, Finn DP, McGuire BE et al. 2016. Psychological stress in early life as a predisposing factor for the development of chronic pain: Clinical and preclinical evidence and neurobiological mechanisms. J Neurosci Res. [Jul 12 Epub ahead of print.] "A wealth of research over the past 2 decades has expanded our understanding of the impact of early-life adversity on physiological function and, consequently, health and wellbeing in later life. Early-life adversity increases the risk of developing a number of disorders, such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. Although much of the research has examined the impact of physical maltreatment, an increasing number of studies have been published over the past few years examining the effect of childhood psychological stress and trauma on the development of various types of chronic pain conditions….Evidence supporting a role for certain key neurobiological substrates, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; monoaminergic, opioidergic, endocannabinoid and immune systems; and epigenetic mechanisms in the association between early-life psychological stress and chronic pain, is provided. Greater understanding of the impact of early-life stress may inform the development of personalized treatments for chronic pain in later life and strategies to prevent its onset in susceptible individuals."
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dysfunction. Each of the various syndromes will be discussed
including elimination disorders, bladder pain syndrome/interstitial
cystitis (BPS/IC), vulvodynia, vaginismus, and chronic pelvic pain.
The symptoms and objective findings on physical examination and various
diagnostic studies will be reviewed. Therapeutic options including
physical therapy, pharmacologic management, and trigger point
injections, as well as botulinum toxin injections…” are reviewed in
detail in this article. [It is interesting that more and more research
indicates that pelvic floor problems are often caused by TrPs, and yet
many clinicians seem unaware of the fact. It is to be hoped that
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form of glial cells apart from the astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and
microglia. It expressed the NG2 chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan (CSPG).
The majority of the NG-2-expressing glial cells in the adult CNS is a
specific cell the authors name syantocytes, and they are an integral
part of the tripartite synapse, integrating commmunication between the
neuron and glial cell. “Neuronal activity, glutamate and adenosine
triphosphate (ATP) act on synatocyte receptors and evoke raised
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that they may be amenable to therapeutic manipulation for ablating
untoward inflammatory responses in the central nervous system.”
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fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, and neurocognitive difficulties that may
last for years despite antibiotic treatment.”
Caixeta GC, Dona F, Gazzola JM. 2012. Cognitive processing and body balance in elderly subjects with vestibular dysfunction. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol. 78(2):87-95. [English, Portuguese]. "Elderly patients with chronic peripheral vestibular disease and worse performance in body balance tests have functional impairment in cognitive skills." [Patients with balance failures must be assessed for trigger points, vestibular dysfunction, cognitive impairment, and metabolic and nutritional imbalances, among other possible causes. DJS]
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myofascial pain (CMP) and to investigate the FMS characteristics in
CMP patients….Of the 93 CMP subjects, 22 (23.6%) patients fulfilled
the classification criteria for FMS…. There were statistically
significant differences between regional CMP patients and comorbid
CMP and FMS patients regarding presence of fatigue (p = 0.0) and
irritable bowel syndrome (p = 0.022)…..In conclusion, we found that
nearly a quarter of CMP patients were comorbid with FMS, and
psychological and comorbid symptoms were more prominent in comorbid
patients. We thought that these two syndromes might be overlapping
conditions and as a peripheral pain generator or inducer of central
sensitization, MPS might lead to FMS or precipitate and worsen the
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13(3):244-249. “Trigger point palpation provoked a migraine attack in
30 (30.6%) patients. Pericraneal allodynia was found in 15 (15.3%)
patients. These data indicate that nociceptive peripheral
sensitization is a usual finding in migraine, and that central sensitization
can develop in patients with frequent attacks and long-lasting disease.
Trigger points’ detection in migraine patients could be useful when applying
therapies like acupuncture, needling or botulinum toxin injections directed
to reduce peripheral sensitization.”
Calandre EP, Hidalgo J, Garcia-Leiva JM et al.
2006. Trigger point evaluation in migraine patients: an
indication of peripheral sensitization linked to migraine
predisposition? Eur J Neurol. 13(3):244-249. “Trigger
points were found in 92 (93.9%) migraineurs and in nine (29%)
controls.” “These data indicate that nociceptive peripheral
sensitization is a usual finding in migraine, and that central
sensitization can develop in patients with frequent attacks and
long-lasting disease. Trigger points’ detection in migraine
patients could be useful when applying therapies like acupuncture,
needling or botulinum toxin injections directed to reduce peripheral
sensitization.” [This may be another indication wherein the
central sensitization found in FMS acts synergically with the
peripheral pain stimuli from trigger points. DJS]
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sensitization linked to migraine predisposition? Eur J Neurol.
13(3):244-249. “These data indicate that nociceptive peripheral
sensitization is a usual finding in migraine, and that central sensitization
can develop in patients with frequent attacks and long-lasting disease.
Trigger points’ detection in migraine patients could be useful.” [This
may indicate another connection with central sensitization of FMS and TrPs.
Calandre EP, Navajas-Rojas MA, Ballesteros J et al. 2014. Suicidal Ideation in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Pain Pract. [Jan 17 Epub ahead of print.] "Suicidal ideation was markedly associated with depression, anxiety, sleep quality, and global mental health, whereas only weak relationships were observed between suicidal ideation and both pain and general physical health."
Calandre EP, Rico-Villademoros F, Slim M. 2017. Suicidal behaviors in patients with rheumatic diseases: a narrative review. Rheumatol Int. [Dec 20 Epub ahead of print] "It was found that both suicidal ideation and completed suicide seem to be more frequent in patients experiencing systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Major determinants were comorbid depression in fibromyalgia and arthritis, and neuropsychiatric disease in systemic lupus erythematosus. Based on these findings, suicide risk should be assessed in patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia and/or arthritis. [In this review, the ability to control symptoms sufficiently and the presence or lack of sufficient support networks were not assessed in depth. We welcome more research to ascertain why these patients consider suicide, and what can be done to prevent that set of circumstances from occurring. DJS]
Calandre EP, Vilchez JS, Molina-Barea R et al. 2011. Suicide attempts and risk of suicide in patients with fibromyalgia: a survey in Spanish patients. Rheumatology (Oxford). [Jul 12 Epub ahead of print]. "Pain, poor sleep quality, anxiety and depression were positively correlated with suicide risk. Conclusions: FM is associated with an increased risk of suicide and suicide attempts. Suicidal behavior seems to be related with the global severity of the disease." [If they would look closely, I believe that they would find that the risk of suicide increases with the lack of symptom control, especially pain. When patients feel helpless and hopeless, suicide may appear to be an option. When patients understand their conditions, especially coexisting myofascial trigger points, other pain generators, and perpetuating factors, patients realize that they have some control over their symptoms. They have hope when they are working with their care providers on better symptom control. DJS]
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J Altern Complement Med. 12(1):65-70. “Increases in BP were
noted for potentially painful massage techniques, including trigger
point therapy.” [There are a lot of different TrP massage therapy
techniques and they were not differentiated here. TrP therapists
must be careful to keep the pain level low to prevent the possibility of
central sensitization. This paper shows that there may be other
possible effects of painful therapies. DJS]
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patients with sleep bruxism, with and without orofacial pain, are
similar. More studies are necessary to clarify the reasons why
some sleep bruxism patients develop chronic (facial) myofascial
pain, and others do not.”
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evaluation of tinnitus in patients with sleep bruxism: prevalence and
characteristics. J Oral Rehabil. 32(11):808-814.
“Tinnitus frequency was higher in patients with sleep bruxism and
chronic facial pain. Myofascial pain, numbers of areas painful to
palpation in the masticatory and cervical muscles, higher levels of
depression and tooth absence without prosthetic replacement were more
frequent in the group with tinnitus.”
Campi LB, Jordani PC, Tenan HL et al. 2016. Painful temporomandibular disorders and central sensitization: implications for management - a pilot study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. [Aug 20 Epub ahead of print.] "The presence of depression contributed significantly to increased pain sensitivity. The presence of hyperalgesia and allodynia in both the trigeminal and extra-trigeminal regions among women with a painful TMD indicated the presence of CS. Changes involving the central nervous system should be considered during the evaluation and management of patients with a painful TMD."
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Musculoskeletal disorders in referrals for suspected cervical radiculopathy.
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disorders are common in patients with suspected cervical radiculopathy.”
“The presence of musculoskeletal disorders should not preclude
electrodiagnostic testing when otherwise indicated.”
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Virtual reality tasks disclose spatial memory alterations in fibromyalgia.
Rheumatology [Aug 4 Epub ahead of print]. “These results are
the first to demonstrate that there is a spatial learning deficit in people
with FM, which suggest that the hippocampal system can be disturbed in this
syndrome.” [It may be difficult to separate causes of spatial
dysfunction. Patients with FM usually have TrPs, and TrPs can cause
proprioceptive dysfunction. They also may have vestibular dysfunction
or TBI. These patients were not screened for co-existing TrPs, so we cannot
be sure what caused the spatial alterations, and it is very important to
discover what cause or causes there may be. DJS]
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Pharmacogenetic determination of the effects of codeine and prediction
of drug interactions. J Pharmacol Exp Ther.
278(3):1165-1174. Codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are
dependent on metabolism by CYP2D6. Patients who lack the enzyme CYP2D6
or have inhibited CYP2D6 are not candidates for these medications.
Patients on these medications should not be put on medications that
inhibit this enzyme. [Lack of phenotyping test subjects and
avoidance of inhibitors may have resulted in incorrect conclusions in
some opioid trials for chronic pain. Metabolic testing may be a
valuable tool to help decide which patients will find opioids more
effective in controlling pain. DJS]
Caraco Y, Sheller J, Wood AJ. 1999. Impact of
ethnic origin and quinidine coadministration on codeine’s disposition
and pharmacodynamic effects. J Pharmacol Exp Ther.
290(1):413-422. Chinese patients varied greatly from Caucasian patients
in CYP2D6 activity. “..Chinese patients produce less morphine from
codeine, exhibit reduced sensitivity to that morphine, and therefore
might experience reduced analgesic effect in response to codeine.
Quinidine-induced inhibition of codeine metabolism is ethnically
dependent as well. The reduction is significantly greater in
Caucasians. [Clinicians need to be aware that different ethnic
populations may react differently to medications. DJS]
Carames J, Carvalhao F, Real Dias MC. 2009.
[Myofascial trigger point disease – a multidisciplinary disorder] Acta
Reumatol Port. 34(1):38-43. [Portuguese] “The articles and
texts reviewed underline the need for an early diagnosis of this disease in
order to treat its aetiology and avoid the chronicity of symptoms.”
Cardoso LR, Rizzo CC, de Oliveira CZ et al. 2014. Myofascial pain syndrome after head and neck cancer treatment: Prevalence, risk factors and influence on quality of life. Head Neck. [Jul 2 Epub ahead of print.] "Background: Patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) might develop myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) as sequelae. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, risk factors and quality of life related to MPS….Conclusions: MPS was observed in 1 out of 9 patients after HNC treatment and a worse QOL was observed among them. Tumor site and neck dissection were found to be risk factors for MPS."
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1993. Reduction of pain in EMG activity in the masseter region by
trapezius trigger point injection. Pain 55(3):397-400.
“These clinical findings support the contention that sources of deep pain can produce heterotopic sensory and motor changes in distant anatomical regions”
Carmona L. 2002. More
evidence on the dysautonomic nature of fibromyalgia: The association with
short stature. Arthritis Rheum 46(1):1415-1416. This is
especially interesting in that the author found a significant correlation
with FMS and short women.
Caro XJ, Winter EF. 2014. Evidence of abnormal epidermal nerve fiber density in fibromyalgia: Clinical and immunologic implications. Arthritis Rheumatol. [Apr 9 Epub ahead of print.]
"A subset of fibromyalgia (FM) patients exhibits a large fiber, demyelinating peripheral polyneuropathy, akin to that seen in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). It has been suggested that this demyelinating process is likely to be immune mediated. Since it is known that similar, large fiber neuropathic lesions may be associated with a cutaneous small fiber neuropathy (SFN), we sought to determine the prevalence of SFN, as measured by epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD), in a series of FM patients and clinically healthy controls.…. These findings suggest that SFN is likely to contribute to FM pain complaints; that pain in this disorder arises, in part, from a peripheral immune mediated process; and that measurement of ENFD may be a useful clinical tool in FM." [The authors need to take into consideration that the nerve fiber density in FM may possibly be higher due to co-existing myofascial trigger points entrapping nerves and corollary nerve fiber development may occur. Differing collagen deposition and mast cell deposition in the skin of FM has also been observed by researchers, and this might affect the conclusion as well. DJS]
Caro XJ, Winter EF,
Dumas AJ. 2008. A subset of fibromyalgia patients have findings
suggestive of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and appear
to respond to IVIg. Rheumatology 47(2):208-211. “A
significant subset of FMS subjects have clinical and EDX (electrodiagnostic)
findings suggestive of CIDP. IVIg (intravenous immunoglobin) treatment
shows promise in treating this subset.”
Carr CM, Plastaras CT, Pingree MJ et al. 2016. Immediate adverse events in interventional pain procedures: A multi-institutional study. Pain Med. [Apr 15 Epub ahead of print.] These authors are from the Mayo Clinic, the Penn Spine Center U of PA, and Stanford University. "Immediate complication data were available for 26,061 consecutive procedures. A radiology practice performed 19,170 epidural steroid (primarily transforaminal), facet, sacroiliac, and trigger point injections (2006-2013). A physiatry practice performed 6,190 spine interventions (2004-2009). A second physiatry practice performed 701 spine procedures (2009-2010). There were no major complications (permanent neurologic deficit or clinically significant bleeding [e.g., epidural hematoma]) with any procedure. Overall complication rate was 1.9% (493/26,061). Vasovagal reactions were the most frequent event (1.1%). Nineteen patients (<0.1%) were transferred to emergency departments for allergic reactions, chest pain, symptomatic hypertension, and a vasovagal reaction….This study demonstrates that interventional pain procedures are safely performed with extremely low immediate adverse event rates when evidence-based guidelines are observed."
Carrillo-de-la-Peña MT, Triñanes Y, González-Villar A et al. 2014. Filtering out repetitive auditory stimuli in fibromyalgia: A study of P50 sensory gating. Eur J Pain. [Nov 28 Epub ahead of print.] This study from Spain found: "The results indicate that FM patients do not present significant deficits in early sensory gating when processing auditory stimuli, and therefore challenge the 'generalized hypersensitivity' hypothesis of FM."
Carrillo-de-la-Pena MT, Vallet M, Perez MI et al.
2006. Intensity dependence of auditory-evoked cortical potentials
in fibromyalgia patients: a test of the generalized hypervigilance
hypothesis. J Pain 7(7):480-487. “Defects in an inhibitory
system protecting against overstimulation may be a crucial factor in the
pathophysiology of FM.” FMS patients may have hypersensitivity to
stimuli, especially loud noise. [This study suggests mechanisms
which may explain part of the auditory segment of allodynia often
associated with FMS. DJS]
Carter B, Rees P, Hale L et al. 2016. Association between portable screen-based media device access or use and sleep outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. [Oct 31 Epub ahead of print.] "Bedtime access to and use of a media device were significantly associated with the following: inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality, and excessive daytime sleepiness. An integrated approach among teachers, health care professionals, and parents is required to minimize device access at bedtime, and future research is needed to evaluate the influence of the devices on sleep hygiene and outcomes." [These devices can be bad for sleep quality in adults, too. DJS]
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Carvalho JC, Agualusa LM, Moreira LM et al. 2015. [Multimodal therapeutic approach of vaginismus: an innovative approach through trigger point infiltration and pulsed radiofrequency of the pudendal nerve]. Rev Bras Anestesiol. [Nov 30 Epub ahead of print.] [Article in Portuguese] "Vaginismus is a poorly understood disorder, characterized by an involuntary muscular spasm of the pelvic floor muscles and outer third of the vagina during intercourse attempt, which results in aversion to penetration. It is reported to affect 1%-7% of women worldwide. With this report the authors aim to describe the case of a young patient with vaginismus in whom techniques usually from the Chronic Pain domain were used as part of her multimodal therapeutic regimen." Free Article
Casale R, Rainoldi A. 2011. Fatigue and fibromyalgia syndrome: Clinical and neurophysiologic pattern. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 25(2):241-247. "The concept of 'fatigue' is strictly related to parameters of the setting in which fatigue is measured. Therefore, it is mandatory to provide a definition of fatigue and the modalities of its use. This is of pivotal importance with regard to the fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome, where fatigue is the most invalidating symptom and where, paradoxically, no clear and widely accepted definition of fatigue is available in the literature as yet. In the clinical setting, fatigue can be measured by different methods of various complexities. The simplest technique to assess fatigue involves the use of a visual analogue scale (VAS); however, a number of scales with differing levels of complexity are available for use. It is, often, difficult to detach the term 'fatigue' from tiredness and task failure, which correspond to two completely distinguished forms of fatigue: one with central origin (tiredness) and another which is localized within the muscle (peripheral muscle fatigue). The former is related to changes in motor-unit-recruitment strategies, whereas the latter is attributed to changes in membrane properties. To extensively assess fatigue and, partially, to avoid confusion among the types of fatigue described above, a number of laboratory tests have been developed; among these, there are multichannel surface electromyography (EMG) recordings. Using this type of an approach, it is possible the estimation of motor unit location within the muscle, the decomposition of the surface EMG (sEMG) interference signal into constituent trains of motor unit action potentials (MUAPs) and the analysis of single unit properties." [One must take into consideration co-existing conditions such as myofascial trigger points, which could impact any conclusion considerably. DJS]
Cash E, Salmon P, Weissbecker I et al. 2014. Mindfulness Meditation Alleviates Fibromyalgia Symptoms in Women: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Ann Behav Med. [Nov 26 Epub ahead of print.] "MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) ameliorated some of the major symptoms of fibromyalgia and reduced subjective illness burden. Further exploration of MBSR effects on physiological stress responses is warranted. These results support use of MBSR as a complementary treatment for women with fibromyalgia."
Cashman GE, Mortenson WB, Gilbart MK. 2014. Myofascial treatment for patients with acetabular labral tears: a single-subject research design study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 44(8):604-614. "Study Design Single-subject research design using 4 consecutive patients. Objective To assess whether treatment using soft tissue therapy (ART or Active Release Technique), stretching, and strengthening of the hip abductors, hip external rotators, and tensor fascia latae muscles reduces pain and improves self-reported hip function in patients with acetabular labral tears who also have posterolateral hip pain of suspected myofascial origin. Background Acetabular labral tears cause pain in some but not all patients. Pain commonly presents anteriorly but may also present posteriorly and laterally. The standard of care is arthroscopic repair, which helps many but not all patients. It is possible that these patients may present with extra-articular contributions to their pain, such as myofascial pain, making their clinical presentation more complex. No previous study has assessed soft tissue therapy as a treatment option for this subset of patients. Methods This A-B-A design used repeated measures of the Hip Outcome Score and visual analog scale for pain. Four patients were treated for 6 to 8 weeks, using a combination of soft tissue therapy, stretching, and strengthening for the hip abductors, external rotators, and tensor fascia latae. Data were assessed visually, statistically, and by comparing mean differences before and after intervention. Results All 4 patients experienced both statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in posterolateral hip pain and hip-related function. Three patients also experienced reduction in anteromedial hip pain. Conclusion Myofascial hip pain may contribute to hip-related symptoms and disability in patients with acetabular labral tears and posterolateral hip pain. These patients may benefit from soft tissue therapy combined with stretching and strengthening exercises targeting the hip abductors, tensor fascia latae, and hip external rotator muscles."
Castaldo M, Ge HY, Chiarotto A et al. 2014. Myofascial trigger points in patients with whiplash-associated disorders and mechanical neck pain. Pain Med. 15(5):842-849. "Active MTPs are more prominent in WAD (whiplash associated disorders) than MNP and related to current pain intensity and size of the spontaneous pain distribution in whiplash patients. This may underlie a lower degree of sensitization in MNP than in WAD." [We must get physicians and other care providers to recognize the myofascial trigger points that are causing the pain, and train them to treat these pain generators adequately. DJS]
Castori M. 2013. Joint hypermobility syndrome (a.k.a. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type): an updated critique. G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 148(1):13-36. This review covers every system that could be affected in this common, underdiagnosed and often missed condition, as well as management strategies.
Castori M. 2012. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: an underdiagnosed hereditary connective tissue disorder with mucocutaneous, articular, and systemic manifestations. ISRN Dermatol [Nov 22 Epub ahead of print.] EDS, hypermobility type, is a common and often missed hereditary condition. It may have relatively few skin and joint manifestations, and may be missed among common co-existing conditions such as fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic low back pain, or chronic regional pain syndrome. When there is hyperextensible or smooth, velvety skin and generalized joint hypermobility, EDS should be among the interactive diagnoses considered. [Many of the common co-morbidities mentioned commonly have co-existing myofascial trigger points as well, and EDS is certainly an initiating and perpetuating factor for trigger points. DJS]
Castori M, Morino S, Celletti C et al. 2013. Am J Med Genet A. 161(12):2989-3004. This paper focuses on fatigue and headache in EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) hypermobility type, and its co-existence with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and similar conditions.
Castori M, Morlino S, Ghibellini G et al. 2015. Connective tissue, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome(s), and head and cervical pain. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. [Feb 5 Epub ahead of print.]
"Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is an umbrella term for a growing group of hereditary disorders of the connective tissue mainly manifesting with generalized joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility, and vascular and internal organ fragility….Headache is reported in no less than 1/3 of the patients. Migraine results the most common type in the hypermobility type of EDS. Other possibly related headache disorders include tension-type headache, new daily persistent headache, headache attributed to spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leakage, headache secondary to Chiari malformation, cervicogenic headache and neck-tongue syndrome, whose association still lacks of reliable prevalence studies. The underlying pathogenesis seems complex and variably associated with cardiovascular dysautonomia, cervical spine and temporomandibular joint instability/dysfunction, meningeal fragility, poor sleep quality, pain-killer drugs overuse and central sensitization."
Castro Sanchez AM, García Lopez H, Fernandez Sanchez M et al. 2018. Improvement in clinical outcomes after dry needling versus myofascial release on pain pressure thresholds, quality of life, fatigue, pain intensity, quality of sleep, anxiety, and depression in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Disabil Rehabil. 23:1-12. "Sixty-four subjects with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to a dry needling group or a myofascial release group. Pain pressure thresholds of myofascial trigger points were evaluated in the cervical muscles. In addition, quality of life, impact of fibromyalgia symptoms, quality of sleep, intensity of pain, anxiety and depression symptoms, impact of fatigue at baseline and post treatment after four weeks of intervention were evaluated....The dry needling therapy showed higher improvements in comparison with myofascial release therapy for pain pressure thresholds, the components of quality of life of physical role, body pain, vitality and social function, as well as the total impact of FMS symptoms, quality of sleep, state and trait anxiety, hospital anxiety-depression, general pain intensity and fatigue." [Treating TrPs improve FM. DJS]
Castro-Sanchez AM, Garcia-Lopez H, Mataran-Penarrocha GA et al. 2017. Effects of dry needling on spinal mobility and trigger points in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Pain Physician. 20(2):37-52. "The etiology of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is inconclusive, but central mechanisms are well accepted for this pain condition. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is one of the most common musculoskeletal pain diseases and is characterized by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). It has been suggested that MTrPs have an important factor in the genesis of FMS…. This study has demonstrated that dry needling therapy reduces myofascial trigger points algometry on thoracic and lumbar muscles. Dry needling and cross tape approaches reported a similar effect size for spinal mobility measures in patients with FMS." Free Article
Castro-Sanchez AM, Mataran-Penarrocha GA, Sanchez-Labraca N, et al. 2010. A randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of craniosacral therapy on pain and heart rate variability in fibromyalgia patients. Clin Rehabil. [Aug 11 Epub ahead of print]. "Craniosacral therapy improved medium-term pain symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia."
Cavett T, Solarczyk J. 2016. Trigger-point dry needling for the SOF Medic. J Spec Oper Med. Winter 16(4):33-39. "We propose that trigger-point dry needle (TrP-DN) therapy is an effective low-risk treatment for pain associated with myofascial trigger points (MTrP), and should be incorporated into the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Medic's scope of practice. Furthermore, TrP-DN therapy can be used as a treatment adjunct on the SOF continuum of care, providing analgesia and increased tolerance for rehabilitative therapy, thereby facilitating improved patient outcomes and faster return to operational readiness. The incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in the SOF community is discussed, as are available treatment options TrP-DN methods, a case study of a Soldier deployed to Afghanistan, the science behind the subject of MTrP and TrP-DN, and the risks associated with TrP-DN and how we can mitigate them effectively … Based on anecdotal evidence of and personal experience with the success of the therapy, as well as its growing use within both civilian and military medicine, the possible therapeutic benefit of TrP-DN is relevant for the SOF community."
Cayea D, Perera S, Weiner DK. 2006. Chronic
low back pain in older adults: what physicians know, what they think they
know, and what they should be taught. J Am Geriatr Soc.
54(11):1772-1777. “PCPs did not feel ‘very confident’ in their ability to
diagnose any of the contributors of CLBP listed (most items <40%).
PCPs felt most confident in detecting scoliosis and least confident
detecting myofascial pain of the piriformis muscle.” “The results point to
a need for more PCP education about CLBP in older adults. It also
suggests that accurate needs assessment should not rely on physician
confidence ratings alone.”
Cazzola M, Atzeni F, Salaffi F et al. 2010. Which kind of exercise is best in fibromyalgia therapeutic programs? A practical review. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 28(6 Suppl 63):S117-124. "...the latest findings concerning the neurophysiology of nociception indicate the fundamental importance of assigning workloads that do not exacerbate post-exercise pain."
Ce PS, Barreiro BB, Silva RB et al. 2018. Salivary levels of interleukin-1beta in temporomandibular disorders and fibromyalgia. J Oral Facial Pain Headache. [Mar 21 Epub ahead of print] Patients with TMD showed significantly higher levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-1beta than patients with fibromyalgia or controls. The latter two groups did not show significant difference.
Cedraschi C, Girard E, Piguet V et al. 2014. Assessing the affective load in the narratives of women suffering from fibromyalgia: the clinicians' appraisal. Health Expect. [Dec 10 Epub ahead of print.] "The affective load in the narratives of these patients with fibromyalgia was high and had a negative undertone when considered from the clinicians' perspective. This study highlights the importance of considering the affective resonance in the context of therapeutic relationships that are often emotionally laden and highly challenging for the clinician."
Celik D, Kaya Mutlu E. 2012. The relationship between latent trigger points and depression levels in healthy subjects. Clin Rheumatol 31(6):907-911. This study from Turkey found a "…close relationship between the presence of LTrPs (latent trigger points) and depression levels I healthy people."
Celik D, Mutlu EK. 2013. Clinical implication of latent myofascial trigger point. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 17(8):353. Latent TrPs are important clinically. They still cause dysfunction, and cause pain on pressure. Latent TrPs may be found in many pain-free muscles, and can be activated by "continuous detrimental stimuli. This review highlights the importance of LTrPs."
Celik D, Yeldan I. 2011. The relationship between latent trigger point and muscle strength in healthy subjects: A double-blind study. J Back Musculoskel Rehabil. 24(4):251-256. "Latent TrPs can cause significant muscle weakness."
Cenevic C, Maloney G, Mehta N. 2006.
Myofascial pain may mimic trigeminal neuralgia. Cephalalgia
Cerezo-Tellez E, Torres-Lacomba M, Fuentes-Gallardo I et al. 2016. Effectiveness of dry needling for chronic nonspecific neck pain: a randomized, single-blinded, clinical trial. Pain. 157(9):1905-1917. "Chronic neck pain attributed to a myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by the presence of muscle contractures referred to as myofascial trigger points. In this randomized, parallel-group, blinded, controlled clinical trial, we examined the effectiveness of deep dry needling (DDN) of myofascial trigger points in people with chronic nonspecific neck pain…. The results support the use of DDN in the management of myofascial pain syndrome in people with chronic nonspecific neck pain".
Cerezo-Tellez E, Torres-Lacomba M, Mayoral-Del Moral O et al. 2016. Prevalence of myofascial pain syndrome in chronic non-specific neck pain: A population-based cross-sectional descriptive study. Pain Med. 17(12):2369-2377. "Two hundred and twenty-four participants diagnosed by their family doctor with chronic non-specific neck pain…. Pain descriptions from the subjects and pain body diagrams guided the physical examination…. All participants presented with MPS. MTrPs of the trapezius muscles were the most prevalent, in 93.75% of the participants. The most prevalent active MTrPs were located right (82.1%) and left (79%) in the nearly-horizontal fibers of the upper trapezius muscle. Furthermore, active MTrPs in the levator scapulae, multifidi, and splenius cervicis muscles reached a prevalence of 82.14%, 77.68%, and 62.5%, respectively…. MPS is a common source of pain in subjects presenting chronic non-specific neck pain."
Ceru-Bjork C, Andersson I, Rossner S. 2001.
Night eating and nocturnal eating – two different or similar syndromes among
obese patients? Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 25(3):365-372.
“The main objective of this study was to identify subjects with (1) night
eating syndrome (defined as morning anorexia, evening hyperphagia and
insomnia) and (2) nocturnal eating syndrome (defined as eating at night
after having gone to bed.)...Fourteen percent of the patients at our obesity
unit met the criteria for night eating and/or nocturnal eating syndrome.”
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Cervigni M, Natale F. 2014. Gynecological disorders in bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis patients. Int J Urol. 21 Suppl 1:85-88. "Bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis is a complex pathology often associated with vulvodynia, endometriosis and pelvic floor dysfunctions. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to obtain an accurate evaluation ruling out confusable disease, such as pudendal neuropathy. The optimal approach is a combined treatment oriented not only to treat the bladder, but also the other components responsible for the pain disorder."
Cetin B1, Guleç H2, Toktas HE et al. 2018. Objective measures of sleep in fibromyalgia syndrome: Relationship to clinical, psychiatric, and immunological variables. Psychiatry Res. 263:125-129. "We aimed to investigate the changes in the objective and subjective sleep variables during painful episodes of fibromyalgia and post-episode period, and to evaluate the impact of the sleep variables on the current clinical, psychological, and immunologic parameters....The pain treatment significantly affected subjective sleep variables, psychiatric variables, clinical variables, and IL-6 levels. The subjective sleep parameters, clinical and psychiatric variables, and IL-6 levels were improved with pain treatment in fibromyalgia. The objective sleep variables, IL-1 and TNF-alpha levels were not significantly improved with the pain treatment, and they were not related to clinical presentation of patients with fibromyalgia. Subjective variability of sleep contributes to the clinical presentation, suggesting that the objective structure is trait-specific with IL-1 and TNF-alpha."
Chaitow L. 1998. Raymond L Nimmo and the
evolution of trigger point therapy, 1929-1986. J
Manipulative Physiol Ther. 21(8):575. [Dr. Raymond Nimmo
was responsible for much basic TrP therapy technique development.
He taught the concept that bones follow muscles – a concept that is
still lacking in much medical training. I have found anything
written by Leon Chaitow to be well worth reading. This is no
Chaitow L. 2007. Chronic pelvic pain: Pelvic floor problems,
sacroiliac dysfunction and the trigger point connection. J
Bodywork Move Ther 11(4):327-339. This review is packed with
information. Chronic pelvic pain is poorly understood and may have
far-reaching connections including breathing dysfunction and sacroiliac
and urethral instability. This review includes excellent
illustrations, clear explanations of the connections of specific links
between symptoms and often unsuspected causes, and methods of
examination and treatment. The importance of pelvic muscle tone is
often greatly underestimated, and often much can be done to relieve
symptoms often thought of as untreatable.
Chakravarthy K, Chaudhry H, Williams K et al. 2015. Review of the uses of vagal nerve stimulation in chronic pain management. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 19(12):54. This study from Johns Hopkins found: "Recent human and animal studies provide growing evidence that vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) can deliver strong analgesic effects in addition to providing therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of refractory epilepsy and depression. Analgesia is potentially mediated by vagal afferents that inhibit spinal nociceptive reflexes and transmission and have strong anti-inflammatory properties. The purpose of this review is to provide pain practitioners with an overview of VNS technology and limitations. It specifically focuses on clinical indications of VNS for various chronic pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, pelvic pain, and headaches."
Chalaye P, Lafrenaye S, Goffaux P et al. 2013. The role of cardiovascular activity in fibromyalgia and conditioned pain modulation. Pain. [Dec 14 Epub ahead of print.] "Patients with FM had higher heart rate than HS at baseline and during CPT. Higher heart rate was related with higher pain intensity during the CPT (cold presser test). Blood pressure increments during CPT were weaker in the FM group. CPM (conditioned pain modulation) was less effective in FM patients than HS. Importantly, systolic blood pressure responses during CPT were positively related to CPM effectiveness, suggesting that reduced blood pressure response during the conditioning stimulus could be involved in CPM dysfunction in the FM group. Higher heart rate could be implicated in the greater sensitivity to cold pain in FM. Patients with FM have reduced blood pressure response to a painful CPT Reduced cardiovascular reactivity to pain could have important involvement in diminished endogenous pain inhibition efficacy and FM pathophysiology."
Chan AW, Yu DS, Choi KC et al. 2016. Tai chi qigong as a means to improve night-time sleep quality among older adults with cognitive impairment: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Clin Interv Aging. 11:1277-1286. This pilot study indicated that: "TCQ can be considered a useful non pharmacological approach for improving sleep quality in older adults with cognitive impairment." Free PMC Article
Chan YC, Wang TJ, Chang CC et al. 2015. Short-term effects of self-massage combined with home exercise on pain, daily activity, and autonomic function in patients with myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome. J Phys Ther Sci. 27(1):217-221. "The aim of the present was to investigate the short-term effects of a program combining self-massage and home exercise for patients with myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (MPDS)….In this retrospective study, 63 patients were allocated to the experimental…and control…groups. Both groups received 6 sessions of treatment with physical modalities over the course of two weeks. The experimental group completed an additional program with a combination of self-massage and home exercise. The outcome measurements included a pain scale, pressure pain threshold (PPT), neck disability index (NDI), patient-specific functional scales (PSFS), and heart rate variability (HRV). The interactions between the groups and over time were analyzed using two-way repeated measures ANOVA….Only the experimental group demonstrated significant improvements in the pain scale with varying conditions. The PPTs of the trigger points increased significantly in the experimental group, and significant functional improvements in NDI and PSFS were observed in the same group. There were significant increases in high-frequency HRV and high-frequency % in the experimental group.… Treatment with physical modalities plus combination of self-massage and home exercise is more effective than the physical modalities treatment alone." Free PMC Article
Chandra, S. and R. K. Chandra. 1986. Nutrition, immune response, and
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Chang CC, Chang
ST. 2009. Excessive yawning induced by
stimulation of myofascial trigger point-case report. Eur J
Chang CW, Chen YR, Chang KF. 2008. Evidence of neuroaxonal
degeneration in myofascial pain syndrome: a study of neuromuscular
jitter by axonal microstimulation. Eur J Pain.
12(8):1026-1030. “The present study with axonal microstimulation
and SFEMG (single-fiber electromyography) demonstrates a prominent
evidence of neuroaxonal degeneration and neuromuscular transmission
disorders in the trigger point muscles of MPS patients. The
mechanism of MPS is possible implicated with the degeneration of motor
Chang Y, Zhu KL, Florez ID et al. 2016. Attitudes toward the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A qualitative study. J Opioid Manag. 12(6):377-387. "Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) refers to all pain disorders, not due to cancer, that persist for ≥3 months. The point prevalence of CNCP in the general population of Western countries is between 19 and 33 percent. Opioids are commonly prescribed for CNCP and are associated with both benefits and harms. The Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for CNCP was published in 2010 to provide guidance for optimal opioid prescribing in patients with CNCP…. Despite its merits, the Canadian Opioids Guideline suffers from information gaps and from limited uptake, at least in part due to suboptimal format and suboptimal dissemination."
Chang YP, Compton P. 2013. Management of chronic pain with chronic opioid therapy in patients with substance use disorders. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 8(1):21. "Substance use disorders (SUDs), whether active or in remission, are often encountered in patients with chronic nonmalignant pain. Clinicians are challenged when managing chronic pain while facing substance abuse issues during the course of chronic opioid therapy (COT). Further, the interrelated behavioral symptomatology of addiction and chronic pain suggests that if one disorder is untreated, effective treatment of the other in not possible. Incomplete understanding of the overlapping presentations of the two disorders, coupled with insufficient management of both conditions, leads to undertreated pain and premature discharge of SUD patients from pain treatment. In order to achieve pain relief and optimal functionality, both conditions need to be carefully managed. This paper reviews the prevalence of SUDs in chronic pain patents; the overlapping presentation of the two disorders; risk factors and stratification for addiction; identification of addiction in the chronic pain population; and suggestions for treating patients with COT, with an emphasis on relapse prevention. With appropriate assessment and treatment, COT for chronic pain patients with a history of SUD can be successful, leading to improved functionality and quality of life."
Chao JD, Memmel HC, Redding JF. 2002.
Reduction mammaplasty is a functional operation, improving quality of
life in symptomatic women: a prospective, single-center breast reduction
outcome study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 110(7):1644-1652.
“Reduction for symptomatic breast hypertrophy can effect a statistically
significant improvement in these objective measures of pain, disability,
muscle weakness and poor posture.”
Chapman CR, Bradshaw DH. 2013. Only modest long-term opioid dose escalation occurs over time in chronic nonmalignant pain management. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. [Oct 21 Epub ahead of print]. "A fundamental question is whether patients develop tolerance and need repeated dose escalations to sustain pain control. We examined opioid prescribing data from United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink longitudinal database of general practice records and tracked dose changes but not pain reports in a sample of 4035 patients who received oral or transdermal-extended release opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain. The median number of days on opioid pharmacotherapy for all patients was 311. Thirty percent of patients never changed doses during the course of treatment. In patients who never changed medications, the mean morphine equivalent 24-hour dose increased from beginning to end of opioid pharmacotherapy only by 1.4 fold…and was independent of both age and gender. Comparison across extended release morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl revealed that it was significantly greatest for patients using fentanyl and least for those using morphine."
Chapman, C. R. and J. Gavrin. 1999. Suffering: the
contributions of persistent pain. Lancet 353(9171):2233-7.
Charles A. 2012. The Evolution of a Migraine Attack - A Review of Recent Evidence. Headache. [Dec 20 Epub ahead of print]. "A migraine attack is an extraordinarily complex brain event that takes place over hours to days. This review focuses on recent human studies that shed light on the evolution of a migraine attack. It begins with a constellation of premonitory symptoms that are associated with activation of the hypothalamus and may involve the neurotransmitter dopamine. Even in the premonitory phase, patients experience sensitivity to sensory stimuli, indicating that central sensitization is a primary phenomenon. The migraine attack progresses to a phase that in some patients includes aura, which involves changes in cortical function, blood flow, and neurovascular coupling. The aura phase overlaps with the headache phase, which is associated with further changes in blood flow and function of the brainstem, thalamus, hypothalamus, and cortex. Serotonin receptors, nitric oxide, calcitonin gene-related peptide, pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide, and prostanoids are demonstrated specific chemical mediators of migraine based on therapeutic and triggered migraine studies. A number of migraine symptoms persist beyond resolution of headache into a postdromal phase, accompanied by persistent blood flow changes in several brain regions. Although these phases of migraine have substantial temporal, neurochemical, and anatomical overlap, each represents an important window onto the pathophysiology of migraine as well as a target for therapeutic intervention. A comprehensive approach to migraine requires an understanding of the entire range of mechanisms and resultant symptoms that occur throughout the evolution of an attack."
Charles E. 2011. [No title available] J Chiropr Med. 10(4):301-305. "This case report describes a patient with right arm paralysis after nerve entrapment release surgery who had a diagnosis of Parsonage-Turner syndrome. The patient had right arm contracture, muscle atrophy, and weakness with a 6-week general paralysis of the forearm and index finger. The patient responded to chiropractic care including high-velocity/low-amplitude spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy, specific exercises and stretching. After 8 treatments the patient was able to fully straighten his arm, and his arm was fully functional and pain-free 3 years later with a return to mountain climbing."
Chaves TC, Dach F, Florencio LL et al. 2016. Concomitant migraine and temporomandibular disorders are associated with higher heat pain hyperalgesia and cephalic cutaneous allodynia. Clin J Pain. [Feb 22 Epub ahead of print]. "More pronounced levels of hyperalgesia and CA were found in patients with both TMD and migraine. Thus, it is suggested that the concomitant presence of TMD and migraine may be related to intensification of central sensitization."
Chaves TC, Nagamine HM, de Sousa LM et al. 2013. Differences in pain perception in children reporting joint and orofacial muscle pain. J Clin Pediatr Dent. 37(3):321-327. "MP (myofascial pain) more accurately differentiated symptomatic subjects from symptom-free TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) subjects, and PPT (pressure point threshold) values were more sensitive to the discrimination of pain in the orofacial sites assessed. In addition, the changes in perception at a larger number of sites among children reporting mixed pain may suggest the presence of a possible mechanism of central sensitization."
Chawla PS, Kochar MS. 1999. Effect
of pain and nonsteroidal analgesics on blood pressure. WMJ
98(5):22-25, 29. “NSAIDs antagonize the antihypertensive effect of
diuretics, beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors more than that of
calcium-channel blockers. The elderly and those with
salt-sensitive hypertension experience greater rise in blood pressure
with NSAIDs. Physicians should avoid NSAIDs and instead use
alternative analgesics such as acetaminophen and physical therapy for
control of pain. Since both pain and hypertension are common, it
is important that their relationship be well understood by the primary
Cheatham SW, Kolber MJ, Mokha M et al. 2018. Concurrent validity of pain scales in individuals with myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 22(2):355-360. "Clinicians and researchers often use the numeric pain rating scale (NPRS) and visual analog scale (VAS) to measure and track pain in individuals with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and fibromyalgia (FM).... To date, no studies have specifically measured the concurrent validity of the NPRS and VAS in these individuals. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the concurrent validity of the NPRS when compared to the reference standard VAS in patients with MPS and FM.... The results of this study suggest that the NPRS has good concurrent validity with the referenced standard VAS among individuals with MPS and FM."
Cheatham SW, Kolber MJ, Mokha GM et al. 2018. Concurrent validation of a pressure pain threshold scale for individuals with myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. J Man Manip Ther. 26(1):25-35. Authors' conclusions: "The results provide preliminary evidence validating the PPTS for individuals with MPS and FM. Future research should further study the clinimetric properties of the PPTS with other chronic pain and orthopedic conditions." [The study used 3 groups of 28 patients, one for FM, one for myofascial pain, and one for controls with no symptoms. In actuality, the study provides preliminary evidence validating the PPTS for individuals with fibromyalgia OR myofascial pain. It would be of great interest if patients with both conditions were included in the next study. DJS]
Cheatle MD, Foster S, Pinkett A et al. 2016. Assessing and managing sleep disturbance in patients with chronic pain. Anesthesiol Clin. 34(2):379-393. "Chronic pain is associated with symptoms that may impair a patient's quality of life, including emotional distress, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. There is a high prevalence of concomitant pain and sleep disturbance. Studies support the hypothesis that sleep and pain have a bidirectional and reciprocal relationship. Clinicians who manage patients with chronic pain often focus on interventions that relieve pain, and assessing and treating sleep disturbance are secondary or not addressed. This article reviews the literature on pain and co-occurring sleep disturbance, describes the assessment of sleep disturbance, and outlines nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment strategies to improve sleep in patients with chronic pain."
Check JH, Katsoff D, Kaplan H et al. 2007. A
disorder of sympathomimetic amines leading to increased vascular
permeability may be the etiologic factor in various treatment refractory
health problems in women. Med Hypotheses. [Aug 30 Epub ahead
of print] “There is an evidence that increased capillary permeability
in the standing position is related to a deficit in the sympathetic
nervous system.” “One of the most common manifestations is the
inability to lose weight despite proper dieting. A randomized
study comparing the efficacy of a diuretic, a converting enzyme
inhibitor, spironolactone and a sympathomimetic amine on weight loss in
diet refractory women found that only the latter in the form of
dextroamphetamine sulfate demonstrated significant weight reduction over
a six month time span.” “The diagnosis of a deficit in sympathomimetic
amines is established by demonstrating an abnormal clearance of a water
load in the erect position and exclusion of other conditions that are
associated with an abnormal free water clearance, e.g., hypothyroidism,
renal or liver disease or congestive heart failure.” “There are several
conditions that have proven refractory to conventional theory that
respond quickly and effectively to sympathomimetic amines. There
have been many anecdotal reports of relieving intractable pain syndromes
quickly and efficiently with sympathomimetic amine theory, despite
failure with a multitude of other therapies. These include
interstitial cystitis and pelvic pain that was attributed to
endometriosis, gastrointestinal pain including esophagitis and
gastroparesis, headaches, joint pain, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel
syndrome. It is not clear if the improvement in pain is related to
a decrease in fluid retention or a direct effect of the sympathomimetic
amines on the sympathetic nervous system.” “These studies strongly
suggest that physicians be aware of this condition involving a deficit
in the sympathetic nervous system when faced with various enigmatic
complaints especially if standard therapy has not proven effective.”
[This review has made connections that may explain why an FM subset of
patients and those with other conditions respond to some stimulants and
other medications in this class. DJS]
Chee EK, Walton H. 1986. Treatment of trigger
points with microamperage transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
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treatment had a higher change of trigger-point indicators compared to those
receiving the placebo treatment.”
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Front Neurosci. 6:114. Introduction: This study aimed to estimate the proportion of patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/BPS) with systemic dysfunction associated co-morbidities such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia (FM)....Co-morbid complaints in the IC/BPS groups included gastrointestinal symptoms suggestive of IBS and dyspepsia, sleep abnormalities with delayed onset of sleep, feeling poorly refreshed in the morning, waking up before needed, snoring, severe chronic fatigue and chronic generalized pain, migraines, and syncope....Our findings mirror those of others in regard to IBS, symptoms suggestive of FM, chronic pain, and migraine. High rates of syncope and functional dyspepsia found in the IC/BPS groups merit further study to determine if IC/BPS is part of a diffuse disorder of central, autonomic, and sensory processing affecting multiple organs outside the bladder.[It is most unfortunate that myofascial trigger points, one of the main co-existing conditions of irritable bladder and bowel, as well as one of the main causes, was not included in this study. DJS]
Chen AT. 2012. Information Seeking over the Course of Illness: The Experience of People with Fibromyalgia. Musculoskeletal Care. [Jun 27 Epub ahead of print]. "Although there is literature addressing the fibromyalgia illness experience, there has been limited work concerning how people with fibromyalgia utilize health information. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the information needs and information-seeking patterns of such individuals, and how these might change over time....Respondents used the internet most frequently, but also placed great value on information from others, including healthcare practitioners, family and friends. Among the online sources, organization websites, health portals and health-related social networking sites were most frequently used. Topics of interest to people with fibromyalgia vary as they move from an initial stage of confusion, to diagnosis and eventually to a stage of equilibrium in which they are satisfied with their management of their condition. Aside from symptoms and treatments, topics often reflect a need to understand the meaning of their condition and coping skills.
Chen CH, Yang TY, Lin CL et al. 2016. Dry eye syndrome risks in patients with fibromyalgia: A national retrospective cohort study. Medicine (Baltimore). 95(4):e2607. "The coexistence of fibromyalgia (FM) and dry eye syndrome (DES) has been previously reported. However, there are few studies on how patients with FM may develop concomitant DES. Patients with chronic widespread pain, like FM, chronic fatigue syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), was concerned for the rheumatic or psychosomatic disorders which might adequately reflect the long-term risk of DES. We retrieved data on FM patients from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan covering the years 2000 to 2011. Our FM population consisted of 25,777 patients versus 103,108 patients in the non-FM group: the overall incidence of DES in these populations was 7.37/10,000 and 4.81/10,000, respectively. Male FM patients had a higher incidence of DES, with a 1.39-fold DES risk for males and a 1.45-fold for females after adjustment for confounding factor. Notably, FM patients aged ≤ 49 years had an elevated 80% risk of DES compared with the non-FM group. Without comorbidities, FM patients had an approximately 1.40-fold risk of DES than those without FM. The additive effects of FM and IBS or FM and sleep disturbance were pointed out that the risk for DES would be elevated when the FM patients with IBS or sleep disturbance. FM patients have a higher incidence of DES than that of non-FM patients. They carry long-term DES risks from a relatively young age, particularly those with psychiatric problems." Free Article
Chen CL, Robert JJ, Orr WC. 2008. Sleep
symptoms and gastroesophageal reflux. J Clin Gastroenterol.
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associated with excessive gastroesophageal reflux.”
Chen CS, Ingber DE. 1999. Tensegrity and
mechanoregulation: from skeleton to cytoskeleton.
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 7(1):81-94. This article explains how
factors affecting one portion of the body can affect the whole, down to
the molecular level.
Chen D, Yang G, Wang F et al. 2017. [Discussing the relationship among the ashi point, tender point and myofascial trigger point]. [Article in Chinese] Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 37(2):212-214. "The conception and the history of ashi point, tender point and myofascial trigger point are described in the paper. All of three kinds of point are the reaction of musculoskeletal pain and visceral diseases.... Anatomically, ashi point is localized in the muscle region of meridian, on the boundary between muscles, tender point is on the muscular attachment to skeleton (the starting and ending points) and myofascial trigger point is on the motor point of neuromuscles. Pathologically, ashi point reflects the disorders of soft tissue and internal organ, tender point reflects the disorders of soft tissue and myofascial trigger point reflects the disorders of soft tissue and few disorders of internal organ. To identify the relationship among them is very significant in the target treatment with acupuncture."
Chen HM, Liu MQ, Yap AU et al. 2017. Physiological effects of anterior repositioning splint on temporomandibular joint disc displacement: a quantitative analysis. J Oral Rehabil. 44(9):664-672. "Anterior repositioning splints (ARS) are used primarily for the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR). ... This study investigated the short and long-term effects of ARS on disc and condyle angles/positions.... MRI at 6 months after treatment (without ARS insertion) indicated that only 40.6% (13/32) of the joints were maintained in the normal disc-condyle relationship. The majority of condyles returned to their pretreatment positions, while the discs generally moved anteriorly again. The use of ARS resulted in forward and downward condyle movement, and a concurrent backward movement of the disc resulting in ideal spatial disc-condyle relationship. The stability of this relationship, however, could not be maintained in the majority of TMJs upon ARS removal. Findings explain the good short-term clinical outcomes with ARS and their relatively lower efficacy in the long term." [Some splints that are given for "myofascial pain" do not work, although they may seem to at first. They are finally documenting some of this. Dentists need to learn about TrPs. DJS]
Chen JH, Muo CH, Kao CH et al. 2016. Increased risk of new-onset fibromyalgia among chronic osteomyelitis patients: Evidence from a Taiwan cohort study. J Pain. [Nov 22 Epub ahead of print.] "Chronic inflammation, which changes the neurotransmitter metabolism and kindles neuroendocrine system dysfunction in central nervous system, might cause fibromyalgia (FM) formation. In FM patients without traditional FM risk factors, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, sleep disorder, depression, and anxiety, chronic inflammatory process is a possible risk factor for FM. Thus, we investigated whether chronic osteomyelitis (COM), a disease characterized by chronic inflammation, increases FM risk….. Chronic osteomyelitis is associated with the augmented risk of developing fibromyalgia, and rigorous treatments for the chronic osteomyelitis patients might decrease the future risk of fibromyalgia formation, especially in those with relatively younger ages. [Any source of constant irritation to the CNS can cause FM central sensitization to develop in the genetically predisposed. DJS]
Chen JT, Chung KC, Hou CR et al. 2001.
Inhibitory effect of dry needling on the spontaneous electrical activity
recorded from myofascial trigger spots of rabbit skeletal muscle.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 80(10):729-735. “Dry needling of the
myofascial trigger spot is effective in diminishing SEA (spontaneous
electrical activity) if local twitch responses are elicited. The local
twitch response elicitation, other than trauma effects of needling, seems to
be the primary inhibitory factor on SEA during dry needling.”
Chen K, Hong C, Hsu H et al. 2010. Dose-dependent and ceiling effects of therapeutic laser on myofascial trigger spots in rabbit skeletal muscles. J Musculoskel Pain 18(3).235-245. Low-level laser treatment seems to be effective in quieting endplate noise in rabbits. Irritability of TrPs, indicated by endplate noise, was affected differently with different dosage. Further studies are needed, and human studies, before significance of this finding can be understood, but it does offer hope of another potential TrP treatment.
Chen KW, Hassett AL,
Hou F et al. 2006. A pilot study of external qigong therapy for
patients with fibromyalgia. J Altern Complement Med.
12(9):851-856. “Treatment with EQT resulting in complete recovery for
some FMS patients suggests that TCM may be very effective for treating
pain and the multiplicity of symptoms associated with FMS. Larger
controlled trials of this promising intervention are urgently needed.”
Chen Q, Basford J, An KN. 2008. Ability of magnetic resonance elastography to assess taut bands. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 23(5):623-629. "Using magnetic resonance elastography, the Mayo clinic was able to image the taut bands of trigger points. There is now objective evidence of the existence of TrPs." [It is expensive and not available in most localities. It does prove their existence, however, and their importance cannot be disputed. Care providers must rely on the palpation techniques and their information-gathering senses including eyes, fingers and brains to locate TrPs. Those who are untrained in diagnosis and treatment of myofascial TrPs, one of the leading causes of musculoskeletal pain, and many other symptoms, must consider carefully the ethics of taking money for pain management. They might also hasten to learn these skills from a reputable myofascial TrP school such as Myopain. DJS]
Chen Q, Bensamoun S, Basford JR et al. 2007.
Identification and quantification of myofascial taut bands with magnetic
resonance elastography. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.
88(12):1658-1661. “Our findings suggest that MRE can quantitate
asymmetries in muscle tone that could previously only be identified
subjectively by examination.” This includes myofascial trigger points
Chen, S. M., J. T. Chen, T. S. Kuan and C. Z. Hong.
1998. Myofascial trigger points in intercostal muscles secondary to herpes zoster
infection of the intercostal nerve. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 79(3):336-338.
Chen YH, Chai HM, Shau YW et al. 2016. Increased sliding of transverse abdominis during contraction after myofascial release in patients with chronic low back pain. Man Ther. 23:69-75. "Recent evidence suggested the significance of integrity of the tension balance of the muscle-fascia corset system in spinal stability, particularly the posterior musculofascial junction which is adjacent to dorsal located paraspinal muscles joining each other at lateral raphe (LR). The purpose of this study was to compare the contraction of the transversus abdominis (TrA) at both anterior and posterior musculofascial muscle-fascia junctions in patients with low back pain (LBP) and asymptomatic participants before and immediately after a sustained manual pressure to LR….The result indicated immediately effect of sustained manual pressure on musculofascial junction of TrA and supported the concept that the possible imbalanced tension of the myofascia corset of TrA in patients with LBP."
Cheng J, Abdi S. 2007. Complications of joint,
tendon, and muscle injections. Tech Reg Anesth Pain Manag.
11(3):141-147. “We suggest that many of the infectious complications
may be preventable by strict adherence to aseptic techniques and that some
of the other complications may be minimized by refining the procedural
techniques with a clear understanding of the relevant anatomies.” [TrP
injections must be done according to procedure specified by Travell and
Simons, including aseptic technique (preferably first using a non-alcohol
agent on the skin, as alcohol toughens the skin with time), proper
positioning, and including range of motion stretching, to ensure optimum
Cheng WM, Fan YH, Lin ATL. 2017. Urodynamic characteristics might be variable in bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis patients with different non-bladder comorbid conditions. J Chin Med Assoc. [Dec 6 Epub ahead of print] "Patients with bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis completed the screening questionnaires for chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, tension/migraine headache, and localized myofascial pain disorder. They underwent either conventional pressure-flow urodynamic studies or video-urodynamic studies. Urodynamic variables were compared between patients with and those without comorbid conditions....Bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis patients, especially females, are more likely to have non-bladder comorbidities, especially tension/migraine headache and localized myofascial pain. Bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis Patients with co-morbid irritable bowel syndrome are younger and more likely to have abnormal urodynamic findings." Free Article
Cheng XF, Tan J, Tan KL. 2005. [Clinical
analysis of six cases with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome.]
Zhonghua Er Ke Za Zhi 43(11):863-865. [Chinese] “Juvenile primary
FMS may not be a rare disease and the clinicians should pay more attention
to it for avoiding misdiagnosis.”
Cherry BJ, Weiss J, Barakat BK et al.
2009. Physical performance as a predictor of attention and processing
speed in fibromyalgia. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.
90(12):2066-2073. “…as the physical performance level decreased,
cognitive performance levels decreased.” “Findings suggest that
research is needed to determine whether patterns of physical activity
participation through their effects on physical fitness and performance
can enhance cognitive performance in persons with FM. Physiologic
changes in specific brain regions in FM (e.g., hippocampus, neural pain
regions) suggest that further research is also warranted in determining
specific relationships between biomarkers and cognitive performance in
persons with FM.” [One must also consider that physical
performance often decreases in regard to pain level, and pain has
considerable effect on cognitive performance. Adequate pain
control may have much to do with ability and desire to exercise. DJS]
Chiarella G, Tognini S, Nacci A et al. 2014. Vestibular disorders in euthyroid patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis: role of thyroid autoimmunity. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). [Apr 16 Epub ahead of print.] "This finding suggests that circulating anti-thyroid autoantibodies may represent a risk factor for developing vestibular dysfunction. An accurate vestibular evaluation of HT patients with or without symptoms is therefore warranted."
Chim D, Brodsky M, Hui KK. 2007. Teaching
medical students trigger point techniques. Fam Med. (1):8.
“Myofascial pain is underemphasized in medical education and underrecognized
in clinical practice.”
Cho IT, Cho YW, Kwak SG et al. 2017. Comparison between ultrasound-guided interfascial pulsed radiofrequency and ultrasound-guided interfascial block with local anesthetic in myofascial pain syndrome of trapezius muscle. Medicine (Baltimore). 96(5):e6019. "Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) of the trapezius muscle (TM) is a frequently occurring musculoskeletal disorder. However, the treatment of MPS of the TM remains a challenge. We investigated the effects of ultrasound (US)-guided pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation on the interfascial area of the TM. In addition, we compared its effect with that of interfascial block (IFB) with 10?mL of 0.6% lidocaine on the interfascial area of the TM. … For the management of MPS of the TM, US-guided interfascial PRF had a better long-term effect on reducing the pain and the quality of life compared to US-guided IFB. Therefore, we think US-guided PRF stimulation on the interfascial area of the TM can be a beneficial alternative to manage the pain following MPS of the TM."
Cho SH, Kim SH. 2016. Immediate effect of stretching and ultrasound on hamstring flexibility and proprioception. J Phys Ther Sci. 28(6):1806-1808. "Self-myofascial stretching immediately increased hamstring muscle flexibility and improved hip joint proprioception, but the addition of pre-stretch ultrasound provided no further benefit." Free PMC Article
Cho SJ, Sohn JH, Bae JS et al. 2017. Fibromyalgia among patients with chronic migraine and chronic tension-type headache: A multicenter prospective cross-sectional study. Headache. [Sep 22 Epub ahead of print] "Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common comorbidity in patients with chronic headaches. CM (chronic migraine) and CTTH (chronic tension-type headache) are the two common types of chronic headaches….The frequency of FM was significantly higher among patients with CM when compared to those with CTTH…. Logistic regression analyses revealed an increased odds ratio (OR) for FM for patients with CM when compared to those with CTTH after adjustment for age, sex, anxiety, depression, and insomnia…. Furthermore, CM patients with FM had higher scores in FM Impact Questionnaire compared to CTTH patients with FM ….Comorbidity of FM was associated with increased frequency of photophobia, phonophobia, anxiety, depression, and insomnia among patients with CM. Such association was not noted among patients with CTTH….FM based on 2010 American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria was more prevalent among patients with CM than those with CTTH. Some clinical features and comorbidities of CM varied with the presence of FM."
Choe JY, Kim JK, Lee DE et al. 2017. Descending necrotizing mediastinitis after a trigger point injection. Clin Exp Emerg Med. 4(3):182-185. "Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a rare form of mediastinal infection. Most cases are associated with esophageal rupture. DNM after a trigger point injection in the upper trapezius has not been described previously. We present a case of DNM after a trigger point injection in the upper trapezius. A 70-year-old man visited the emergency department with chest discomfort and fever after a trigger point injection in the left upper trapezius. Chest computed tomography showed evidence of DNM, and antibiotic therapy was immediately administered intravenously. Because of the risk of sudden death, poor prognosis due to underlying disease, and his age, he declined surgical treatment and died of septic shock. Although trigger point injections are generally considered safe, caution should be used in patients with an underlying disease or in the elderly. Early diagnosis, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and aggressive surgical management are essential to improve the prognosis." Free Article
Choe MK, Lim M, Kim JS et al. 2018. Disrupted resting state network off fibromyalgia in theta frequency. Sci Rep. 8(1):2064. "Fibromyalgia (FM), chronic widespread pain, exhibits spontaneous pain without external stimuli and is associated with altered brain activities during resting state. To understand the topological features of brain network in FM, we employed persistent homology which is a multiple scale network modeling framework not requiring thresholding....FM patients had reduced connectivity within default mode network, between middle/inferior temporal gyrus and visual cortex. The longer pain duration was correlated with reduced connectivity between inferior temporal gyrus and visual cortex. Our findings demonstrated that the aberrant resting state network could be associated with dysfunction of sensory processing in chronic pain. The spontaneous nature of FM pain may accrue to disruption of resting state network."
Choi JI. 2014. Chicken and egg: peripheral nerve entrapment or myofascial trigger point?
Korean J Pain. 27(2):186-188. In this letter, the author is commenting on the case report "Successful treatment of abdominal cutaneous entrapment syndrome (ACES) using ultrasound guided injections," written by WV Applegate. Dr. Choi calls attention to the fact that abdominal cutaneous entrapment syndrome is usually caused by trigger points, which are found by palpation, and yet myofascial pain syndrome was not mentioned in the article. The original author missed the point that the radiculopathy is often caused by trigger points as well. [I certainly am glad that Dr. Choi wrote this letter, and agree with him heartily. DJS]
Choi TW, Park HJ, Lee AR et al. 2015. Referred pain patterns of the third and fourth dorsal interosseous muscles. Pain Physician. 18(3):299-304. This study investigated the referred pain patterns of the 3rd and 4th dorsal interosseous muscles. Trigger points in the 3rd dorsal interosseous muscle referred pain to the web between the 3rd and 4th fingers in 80% of the patients; the end of the 3rd and 4th fingers in 45%; and the "little finger" side of the palm in 55%. Trigger points in the 4th dorsal interosseous muscle referred to the web between the 4th and 5th fingers in 80%, the area below the base of the thumb in 65%, and the end of the 4th and 5th fingers. Some patients reported wrist pain or forearm pain on the "little finger" side. "Referred pain patterns of the third and fourth interosseous muscles resemble the pain experienced in C7 or C8 radiculopathies or the ulnar neuropathy. Thus, identification of the third and fourth interosseous muscle trigger point should be considered when patients experience pain on the ulnar aspect of the hand and wrist." Free Article
Choi W, Lim M, Kim JS et al. 2016. Habituation deficit of auditory N100m in patients with fibromyalgia. Eur J Pain. 20(10):1634-1643. "Habituation refers to the brain's inhibitory mechanism against sensory overload and its brain correlate has been investigated in the form of a well-defined event-related potential, N100 (N1). Fibromyalgia is an extensively described chronic pain syndrome with concurrent manifestations of reduced tolerance and enhanced sensation of painful and non-painful stimulation, suggesting an association with central amplification of all sensory domains…. Among diverse sensory modalities, we utilized repetitive auditory stimulation to explore the anomalous sensory information processing in fibromyalgia as evidenced by N1 habituation…. Auditory N1 was assessed in 19 fibromyalgia patients and age-, education- and gender-matched 21 healthy control subjects under the duration-deviant passive oddball paradigm and magnetoencephalography recording. The brain signal of the first standard stimulus (following each deviant) and last standard stimulus (preceding each deviant) were analyzed to identify N1 responses. N1 amplitude difference and adjusted amplitude ratio were computed as habituation indices…. Fibromyalgia patients showed lower N1 amplitude difference (left hemisphere: p = 0.004; right hemisphere: p = 0.034) and adjusted N1 amplitude ratio (left hemisphere: p = 0.001; right hemisphere: p = 0.052) than healthy control subjects, indicating deficient auditory habituation. Further, augmented N1 amplitude pattern (p = 0.029) during the stimulus repetition was observed in fibromyalgia patients…. [This explains why repetitive noises can be so very irritating in FM. DJS] Fibromyalgia patients failed to demonstrate auditory N1 habituation to repetitively presenting stimuli, which indicates their compromised early auditory information processing. Our findings provide neurophysiological evidence of inhibitory failure and cortical augmentation in fibromyalgia. WHAT'S ALREADY KNOWN ABOUT THIS TOPIC?: Fibromyalgia has been associated with altered filtering of irrelevant somatosensory input. However, whether this abnormality can extend to the auditory sensory system remains controversial. N100, an event-related potential, has been widely utilized to assess the brain's habituation capacity against sensory overload. WHAT DOES THIS STUDY ADD?: Fibromyalgia patients showed defect in N100 habituation to repetitive auditory stimuli, indicating compromised early auditory functioning. This study identified deficient inhibitory control over irrelevant auditory stimuli in fibromyalgia."
Choi W 1, Lim M, Kim JS et al. 2014. Impaired pre-attentive auditory processing in fibromyalgia: A mismatch negativity (MMN) study. Clin Neurophysiol. [Oct 18 Epub ahead of print.] "Fibromyalgia (FM) patients often show deficits in cognitive functions such as attention and working memory. We assumed that pre-attentive information processing, a crucial element in human perception and cognition, would be altered in FM patients…. This study provided neurophysiological evidence of impaired pre-attentive sensory change detection in FM."
Choileain NN, Redmond HP. 2006. Cell response to surgery.
Arch Surg. 141(11):1132-1140. “Surgical trauma produces profound
immunological dysfunction. Therapeutic strategies directed at
restoring immune homeostasis should aim to redress the physiological
proinflammatory-anti-inflammatory cell imbalance associated with major
Chong YY, Ng BY. 2009. Clinical aspects
and management of fibromyalgia syndrome. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 38(11):967-973.
“Over the last decade, abnormalities have been identified at multiple
levels in the peripheral, central, and sympathetic nervous systems as
well as the hypothalomo-pituitary-adrenal axis stress response system.
With the elucidation of these pathways of pain, FMS is known more as a
central sensitivity syndrome. This led to tremendous increment in
interest in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of
FMS. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also
successively approved 3 drugs for the management of fibromyalgia –
pregabalin, duloxetine and milnacipran. Non-pharmacological
modalities showed aerobic exercise, patient education and cognitive
behavioral therapy to be most effective. Overall, management of
FMS requires a multi-disciplinary approach.”
Chopra P, Cooper MS. 2013. Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Using Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). J Neuroimmune Pharmacol. [Apr 2 Epub ahead of print].
"Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a neuropathic pain syndrome, which involves glial activation and central sensitization in the central nervous system. Here, we describe positive outcomes of two CRPS patients, after they were treated with low-dose naltrexone (a glial attenuator), in combination with other CRPS therapies. Prominent CRPS symptoms remitted in these two patients, including dystonic spasms and fixed dystonia (respectively), following treatment with low-dose naltrexone (LDN). LDN, which is known to antagonize the Toll-like Receptor 4 pathway and attenuate activated microglia, was utilized in these patients after conventional CRPS pharmacotherapy failed to suppress their recalcitrant CRPS symptoms."
Chopra P, Tinkle B, Hamonet C et al. 2017. Pain management in the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. [Feb 10 Epub ahead of print.] "Chronic pain in the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) is common and may be severe. According to one study, nearly 90% of patients report some form of chronic pain. Pain, which is often one of the first symptoms to occur, may be widespread or localized to one region such as an arm or a leg. Studies on treatment modalities are few and insufficient to guide management. The following is a discussion of the evidence regarding the underlying mechanisms of pain in EDS. The causes of pain in this condition are multifactorial and include joint subluxations and dislocations, previous surgery, muscle weakness, proprioceptive disorders, and vertebral instability. Affected persons may also present with generalized body pain, fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal pain, temporomandibular joint pain, dysmenorrhea, and vulvodynia. Pain management strategies may be focused around treating the cause of the pain (e.g., dislocation of a joint, proprioceptive disorder) and minimizing the sensation of pain. Management strategies for chronic pain in EDS includes physical therapy, medications, as well as durable medical equipment such as cushions, compressive garments, and braces. The different modalities are discussed in this paper."
Chou LW, Hsieh YL, Kuan TS et al. 2014. Needling therapy for myofascial pain: recommended technique with multiple rapid needle insertion. Biomedicine (Taipei). 4:13. "Myofascial trigger point (MTrP) is a major cause of muscle pain, characterized with a hyperirritable spot due to accumulation of sensitized nociceptors in skeletal muscle fibers. Many needling therapy techniques for MTrP inactivation exist. Based on prior human and animal studies, multiple insertions can almost completely eliminate the MTrP pain forthwith. It is an attempt to stimulate many sensitive loci (nociceptors) in the MTrP region to induce sharp pain, referred pain or local twitch response. Suggested mechanisms of needling analgesia include effects related to immune, hormonal or nervous system. Compared to slow-acting biochemical effects involving immune or hormonal system, neurological effects can act faster to provide immediate and complete pain relief. Most likely mechanism of multiple needle insertion therapy for MTrP inactivation is to encounter sensitive nociceptors with the high-pressure stimulation of a sharp needle tip to activate a descending pain inhibitory system. This technique is strongly recommended for myofascial pain therapy in order to resume patient's normal life rapidly, thus saving medical and social resources." Free PMC Article [This trigger point injection technique was developed by the fourth author, CZ Hong, and any person who does trigger point injection would do well to study this paper. DJS]
Chow DH, Leung KT, Holmes AD. 2007. Changes
in spinal curvature and proprioception of schoolboys carrying different
weights of backpack. Ergonomics. [Sep 19 Epub ahead of
print]. “Carriage of a loaded backpack causes immediate changes in
spinal curvature and appears to have a direct effect on the
repositioning consistency.” Patents and teachers must be made
aware of the dangers posed to the youth of our country by carrying heavy
Choy EH. 2016. Current treatments to counter sleep dysfunction as a pathogenic stimulus of fibromyalgia.Pain Manag.[Jun 17 Epub ahead of print.] "Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue and nonrestorative sleep. Polysomnography showed reduced short-wave sleep and abnormal alpha rhythms during non rapid eye movement sleep in patients with fibromyalgia. However, sleep dysfunction might be pathogenic in fibromyalgia since myalgia and fatigue could be induced in healthy individuals by disrupting sleep. Poor sleep quality was a major risk factor for the subsequent development of chronic widespread pain in healthy pain-free individuals. Sleep disruption leads to impairment of the descending pain inhibition pathways. Aside from good sleep, hygiene, exercise can promote sleep. Among currently available pharmacological treatments, evidence suggests amitriptyline and pregabalin can improve sleep in fibromyalgia."
Choy EH. 2015. The role of sleep in pain and fibromyalgia. Nat Rev Rheumatol. [Apr 28 Epub ahead of print.] "Fibromyalgia is a common cause of chronic widespread pain, characterized by reduced pressure pain thresholds with hyperalgesia and allodynia. In addition to pain, common symptoms include nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, stiffness and mood disturbances. The latest research indicates that the dominant pathophysiology in fibromyalgia is abnormal pain processing and central sensitization. Neuroimaging studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia have similar neural activation to healthy age-matched and gender-matched individuals; however, they have a lower pressure-pain threshold. Polysomnography data has demonstrated that these patients have reduced short-wave sleep and abnormal α-rhythms, suggestive of wakefulness during non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Sleep deprivation in healthy individuals can cause symptoms of fibromyalgia, including myalgia, tenderness and fatigue, suggesting that sleep dysfunction might be not only a consequence of pain, but also pathogenic. Epidemiological studies indicate that poor sleep quality is a risk factor for the development of chronic widespread pain among an otherwise healthy population. Mechanistically, sleep deprivation impairs descending pain-inhibition pathways that are important in controlling and coping with pain. Clinical trials of pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies have shown that improving sleep quality can reduce pain and fatigue, further supporting the hypothesis that sleep dysfunction is a pathogenic stimulus of fibromyalgia." [Another study showing that an in-lab sleep study is one of the first tests to set up for any patient with fatigue and fibromyalgia. DJS]
Chrednichenko G, Zhang R, Bannister RA et al. 2012. Triclosan impairs excitation-contraction coupling and Ca2+ dynamics in striated muscle. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 109(35):14158-14163. Triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial agent found in many hand soaps, dish detergents and other over-the-counter products, is a "priority pollutant" and "...acutely depresses hemodynamics and grip strength in mice...." It affects ryanodine binding, which is a calcium ion-channel receptor that has been suggested may be involved in myofascial trigger points. Triclosan "...weakens cardiac and skeletal muscle contractility in a manner that may negatively impact muscle health, especially in susceptible populations."
Chrona E, Kostopanagiotou G, Damigos D et al. 2017. Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome: management challenges. J Pain Res. 10:145-156. "Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES) is a commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated chronic state of pain. This syndrome is characterized by the entrapment of the cutaneous branches of the lower thoracoabdominal intercostal nerves at the lateral border of the rectus abdominis muscle, which causes severe, often refractory, chronic pain.… The presently available management strategies for ACNES include trigger point injections (diagnostic and therapeutic), ultrasound-guided blocks, chemical neurolysis, and surgical neurectomy, in combination with systemic medication, as well as some emerging techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation and neuromodulation. An increased awareness of the syndrome and the use of specific diagnostic criteria for its recognition are required to facilitate an early and successful management." Free Article
Chu J. 2000. Twitch-obtaining
intramuscular stimulation (TOIMS): long term observations in the
management of chronic partial cervical radiculopathy.
Electromyogr Clin Neurophysiol 40(8):503-510. “Observations
suggest TOIMS to have potential value in the long-term management of
partial cervical radiculopathy related myofascial pain.”
Chugh, D. K., T. E. Weaver and D. F. Dinges. 1996.
Neurobehavioral consequences of arousals. Sleep 19(10 Suppl):S198-201.
Chung SD, Lin CC, Liu SP et al. 2013. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases the Risk of Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis: A Population-Based Matched-Cohort Study. Neurourol Urodyn. [Mar 28 Epub ahead of print]. "Previous studies indicated a possible association between bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC) and sleep disorders including sleep abnormalities with delayed onset of sleep, waking up before needed, and snoring. Nevertheless, no previous study has reported the association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and BPS/IC....This study provides epidemiological evidence of a link between OSA and a subsequent BPS/IC diagnosis. We suggest that clinical practitioners treating subjects with OSA be alert to urinary complaints in this population."
Ciampi de Andrade D, Maschietto M, Galhardoni R et al. 2017. Epigenetics insights into chronic pain: DNA hypomethylation in fibromyalgia - a controlled pilot-study. Pain. [Jun 15 Epub ahead of print] "Fibromyalgia has a hypomethylation DNA pattern, which is enriched in genes implicated in stress response and DNA repair/free radical clearance. These changes occurred parallel to changes in CE (cortical excitability) parameters. New epigenetic insights into the pathophysiology of FM may provide the basis for the development of biomarkers of this disorder."
Ciappuccini R, Ansemant T, Maillefert JF et al. 2010. Aspartame-induced fibromyalgia, an unusual but curable cause of chronic pain. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 28(6 Suppl 63):S131-133.
"We report for the first time an unusual musculoskeletal adverse effect of aspartame in two patients. A 50-year-old woman had been suffering from widespread pain and fatigue for more than 10 years leading to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. During a vacation in a foreign country, she did not suffer from painful symptoms since she had forgotten to take her aspartame. All of the symptoms reappeared in the days following her return when she reintroduced aspartame into her daily diet. Thus, aspartame was definitively excluded from her diet, resulting in a complete regression of the fibromyalgia symptoms. A 43-year-old man consulted for a 3-year history of bilateral forearm, wrist, and hand and cervical pain with various unsuccessful treatments. A detailed questioning allowed to find out that he had been taking aspartame for three years. The removal of aspartame was followed by a complete regression of pain, without recurrence. We believe that these patients' chronic pain was due to the ingestion of aspartame, a potent flavoring agent, widely used in food as a calorie-saver. The benefit/ risk ratio of considering the diagnosis of aspartame-induced chronic pain is obvious: the potential benefit is to cure a disabling chronic disease, to spare numerous laboratory and imaging investigations, and to avoid potentially harmful therapies; the potential risk is to temporarily change the patient's diet. Thus, practitioners should ask patients suffering from fibromyalgia about their intake of aspartame. In some cases, this simple question might lead to the resolution of a disabling chronic disease." [Excitotoxins are perpetuating factors for FM and CMP. We now have indications excitotoxins, including aspartame and MSG, as initiating factors for FM. DJS]
Ciccone DS, Elliott DK, Chandler HK et al.
2005. Sexual and physical abuse in women with fibromyalgia
syndrome: a test of the trauma hypothesis. Clin J Pain
21(5):378-386. "With the exception of rape, no self-reported
sexual or physical abuse event was associated with FMS in this
community sample. [Emphasis mine. DJS] In
accord with the trauma hypothesis, however, posttraumatic stress
disorder was more prevalent in the FMS group. Chronic
stress in the form of posttraumatic stress disorder but not
major depressive disorder may mediate the relationship between
rape and FMS.”
Ciccone DS, Just N, Bandilla EB et al.
2000. Psychological correlates of opioid use in patients with
chronic nonmalignant pain. A preliminary test of the downhill
spiral hypothesis. J Pain Symptom Manage 20(3):180-192.
“There was no evidence that higher levels of opioid use were associated
with higher levels of disability or depression.”
Cichowski SB, Rogers RG, Clark EA et al. 2017. Military sexual trauma in female veterans is associated with chronic pain conditions. Mil Med. 182(9):e1895-e1899. "In the multivariable model there remained an association between MST (military sexual trauma) and chronic pain conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, back pain, chronic joint pain, fibromyalgia, dyspareunia, chronic abdominal pain, and headaches after adjusting for baseline differences in age, body mass index, smoking, and ethnicity. Importantly, drug abuse, and overdose were also associated with MST….In summary, we found that female veteran survivors of MST face an increased burden of chronic pain, including a broad range of pain conditions independent of the psychological effects of MST."
Cimen A, Celik M, Erdine S. 2004. Myofascial
pain syndrome in the differential diagnosis of chronic abdominal pain.
Agri. 16(3):45-47. MPS may be misdiagnosed as visceral disease
if the clinician is not trained in its diagnosis.
Ciregia F, Giacomelli C, Giusti L et al. 2018. Putative salivary biomarkers useful to differentiate patients with fibromyalgia. J Proteomics. [Apr 11 Epub ahead of print] "Specifically, the salivary profile of FM patients was compared with those of healthy subjects, subjects suffering migraine (model of non-inflammatory chronic pain), and patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis (model of inflammatory chronic pain). ... We defined a panel of 3 salivary proteins which could be one of the criteria to be taken into account...Actually, our future perspective foresees to develop a simple, rapid and not invasive point-of-care testing which will be of use during the diagnostic process."
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“Physicians must recognize whiplash injury as a manifestation of
total-body trauma and treat accordingly, with particular emphasis on
alleviating abnormal tension of the fascia. Precise description of
the accident, followed by healing methods tailored to well-defined
bodily injury, aids in effective management.”
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“Methods used in this study seemed to be helpful in improving pain
intensity, complaints of nonrestorative sleep, and impact on functional
activities in patients with FM.”
Civelek GM, Ciftkaya PO, Karatas M. 2014. Evaluation of restless legs syndrome in fibromyalgia syndrome: An analysis of quality of sleep and life. Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. [May 27 Epub ahead of print.] "Presence of RLS should be investigated in every patient with FMS and treatment plans should also cover RLS in case of coexistance with FMS. Prospective cohort studies are needed for better explanation of FMS and RLS coexistance."
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Clauw DJ. 2015. Fibromyalgia and Related Conditions. Mayo Clin Proc. 90(5):680-692. "Fibromyalgia is the currently preferred term for widespread musculoskeletal pain, typically accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, memory problems, and sleep and mood disturbances, for which no alternative cause can be identified. Earlier there was some doubt about whether there was an "organic basis" for these related conditions, but today there is irrefutable evidence from brain imaging and other techniques that this condition has strong biological underpinnings, even though psychological, social, and behavioral factors clearly play prominent roles in some patients. The pathophysiological hallmark is a sensitized or hyperactive central nervous system that leads to an increased volume control or gain on pain and sensory processing. This condition can occur in isolation, but more often it co-occurs with other conditions now being shown to have a similar underlying pathophysiology (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and tension headache) or as a comorbidity in individuals with diseases characterized by ongoing peripheral damage or inflammation (e.g., autoimmune disorders and osteoarthritis). In the latter instance, the term centralized pain connotes the fact that in addition to the pain that might be caused by peripheral factors, there is superimposed pain augmentation occurring in the central nervous system. It is important to recognize this phenomenon (regardless of what term is used to describe it) because individuals with centralized pain do not respond nearly as well to treatments that work well for peripheral pain (surgery and opioids) and preferentially respond to centrally acting analgesics and nonpharmacological therapies."
Clauw DJ. 2015. Diagnosing and treating chronic musculoskeletal pain based on the underlying mechanism(s). Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 29(1):6-19. "Until recently, most clinicians considered chronic pain to be typically due to ongoing peripheral nociceptive input (i.e., damage or inflammation) in the region of the body where the individual is experiencing pain. Clinicians are generally aware of a few types of pain (e.g., headache and phantom limb pain) where chronic pain is not due to such causes, but most do not realize there is not a single chronic pain state where any radiographic, surgical, or pathological description of peripheral nociceptive damage has been reproducibly shown to be related to the presence or severity of pain. The primary reason for this appears to be that both the peripheral and central nervous systems play a critical role in determining which nociceptive input being detected by sensory nerves in the peripheral tissues will lead to the perception of pain in humans. This manuscript reviews some of the latest findings regarding the neural processing of pain, with a special focus on how clinicians can use information gleaned from the history and physical examination to assess which mechanisms are most likely to be responsible for pain in a given individual, and tailors therapy appropriately. A critical construct is that, within any specific diagnostic category (e.g., fibromyalgia (FM), osteoarthritis (OA), and chronic low back pain (CLBP) are specifically reviewed), individual patients may have markedly different peripheral/nociceptive and neural contributions to their pain. Thus, just as low back pain has long been acknowledged to have multiple potential mechanisms, so also is this true of all chronic pain states, wherein some individuals will have pain primarily due to peripheral nociceptive input, whereas in others peripheral (e.g., peripheral sensitization) or central nervous system factors ("central sensitization" or "centralization" of pain via augmented pain processing in spinal and brain) may be playing an equally or even more prominent role in their pain and other symptoms."
Clauw DJ. 2014. Fibromyalgia: a clinical review. JAMA 311(15):1547-1555. "Fibromyalgia and other "centralized" pain states are much better understood now than ever before. Fibromyalgia may be considered a discrete diagnosis or as a constellation of symptoms characterized by central nervous system pain amplification with concomitant fatigue, memory problems, and sleep and mood disturbances. Effective treatment for fibromyalgia is now possible." [This review might have been made even better with the inclusion of some of the articles dealing with the peripheral source of pain causing central sensitization states, including myofascial trigger points and arthritis. Controlling the pain generated by these states is a critical part of managing fibromyalgia. DJS]
Clauw DJ, Arnold LM, McCarberg BH. 2011. The Science of Fibromyalgia. Mayo Clin Proc. 86(9):907-911. "Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common chronic widespread pain disorder. Our understanding of FM has increased substantially in recent years with extensive research suggesting a neurogenic origin for the most prominent symptom of FM, chronic widespread pain. Neurochemical imbalances in the central nervous system are associated with central amplification of pain perception characterized by allodynia (a heightened sensitivity to stimuli that are not normally painful) and hyperalgesia (an increased response to painful stimuli). Despite this increased awareness and understanding, FM remains undiagnosed in an estimated 75% of people with the disorder. Clinicians could more effectively diagnose and manage FM if they better understood its underlying mechanisms. Fibromyalgia is a disorder of pain processing. Evidence suggests that both the ascending and descending pain pathways operate abnormally, resulting in central amplification of pain signals, analogous to the "volume control setting" being turned up too high. Patients with FM also exhibit changes in the levels of neurotransmitters that cause augmented central nervous system pain processing; levels of several neurotransmitters that facilitate pain transmission are elevated in the cerebrospinal fluid and brain, and levels of several neurotransmitters known to inhibit pain transmission are decreased. Pharmacological agents that act centrally in ascending and/or descending pain processing pathways, such as medications with approved indications for FM, are effective in many patients with FM as well as other conditions involving central pain amplification. Research is ongoing to determine the role of analogous central nervous system factors in the other cardinal symptoms of FM, such as fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, and cognitive dysfunction."
Clauw DJ, Crofford LJ. 2003. Chronic
widespread pain and fibromyalgia: what we know, and what we need to
know. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 17(4):685-701.
“These conditions respond best to a combination of symptom-based
pharmacological therapies, and non-pharmacological therapies such as
exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy. In contrast to drugs
that work for peripheral pain due to damage or inflammation, neuroactive
compounds [especially those that raise central levels of noradrenaline (norepinephrine)
or serotonin] are most effective for treating central pain.”
Clauw DJ, Hassett AL. 2017. The role of centralised pain in osteoarthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 35 Suppl 107(5):79-84."In chronic pain states, central nervous system (CNS) factors often play a particularly prominent role. In many individuals with chronic pain, pain can occur with minimal or no evidence of ongoing nociceptive input. Medical subspecialties have applied a wide-range of labels to these pain conditions including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis to name just a few. These same CNS processes can augment or magnify pain when there is ongoing nociceptive input, as in conditions such as osteoarthritis or autoimmune disorders. The hallmark of these 'centrally driven' pain conditions is a diffuse hyperalgesic state identifiable through the use of experimental sensory testing that has been corroborated by functional neuroimaging. Characteristic symptoms of these central pain conditions include multifocal pain, fatigue, poor sleep, memory complaints and frequent co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders. In contrast to acute and peripheral pain states that are responsive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids, central pain conditions respond best to CNS neuromodulating agents, such as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and anticonvulsants. While osteoarthritis is generally considered a peripherally mediated pain state, a subset of these patients also manifests centrally driven pain characteristics. Thus, osteoarthritis can also be thought of as a "mixed" pain state and this requires a more tailored approach to treatment." Free Article
Clayton HA, Jones SA, Henriques DY. 2015. Proprioceptive precision is impaired in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Springerplus. 4:323. "It has been suggested that people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), or other similar connective tissue disorders, may have proprioceptive impairments, the reason for which is still unknown. We recently found that EDS patients were less precise than healthy controls when estimating their felt hand's position relative to visible peripheral reference locations, and that this deficit was positively correlated with the severity of joint hypermobility. We further explore proprioceptive abilities in EDS by having patients localize their non-dominant left hand at a greater number of workspace locations than in our previous study. Additionally, we explore the relationship between chronic pain and proprioceptive sensitivity. We found that, although patients were just as accurate as controls, they were not as precise. Patients showed twice as much scatter than controls at all locations, but the degree of scatter did not positively correlate with chronic pain scores. This further supports the idea that a proprioceptive impairment pertaining to precision is present in EDS, but may not relate to the magnitude of chronic pain." Free PMC Article
Clemenzi A, Pompa A, Casillo P. 2014. Chronic pain in multiple sclerosis: is there also fibromyalgia? An observational study. Med Sci Monit. 20:758-766. "In our sample of MS patients we found a high prevalence of chronic pain, with those patients displaying a higher disability and a more severe depression. Moreover, FM frequency, significantly higher than that observed in the general population, was detected among the MS patients with chronic pain. FM occurrence was associated with a stronger impact on patients' QoL (quality of life)." Free PMC Article.
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Clewley D, Flynn TW, Koppenhaver S. 2013. Trigger point dry needling as an adjunct treatment for a patient with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. [Nov 21 Epub ahead of print]. "Prognosis for adhesive capsulitis has been described as self-limiting and can persist for 1-3 years. Conservative treatment including physical therapy is commonly advised…. The patient was a 54 year old female with primary symptoms of shoulder pain and loss of motion consistent with adhesive capsulitis. Manual physical therapy intervention initially consisted of joint mobilizations of the shoulder region and thrust manipulation of the cervicothoracic region. Although manual techniques seemed to cause some early functional improvement, continued progression was limited by pain. Subsequent examination identified trigger points in the upper trapezius, levator scapula, deltoid and infraspinatus muscles that were treated with dry needling to decrease pain and allow for higher grades of manual intervention. Outcomes: The patient was treated for a total of 13 visits over a 6 weeks period. After trigger point dry needling was introduced on the third visit, improvements in pain-free shoulder range of motion and functional outcome measures…exceeded the minimal clinically important difference after 2 treatment sessions. At discharge the patient had achieved significant improvements in shoulder range of motion in all planes and outcome measures were significantly improved….This case report describes the clinical reasoning behind the use of trigger point dry needling in the treatment of a patient with adhesive capsulitis. The rapid improvement seen in this patient following the initiation of dry needling to the upper trapezius, levator scapula, deltoid and infraspinatus muscles suggests that surrounding muscles may be a significant source of pain in this condition."
Climent JM, Kuan TS, Fenollosa P et al. 2013. Botulinum toxin for the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes involving the neck and back: a review from a clinical perspective. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. [Feb 19 Epub ahead of print]. "Botulinum toxin inhibits acetylcholine (ACh) release and probably blocks some nociceptive neurotransmitters. It has been suggested that the development of myofascial trigger points (MTrP) is related to an excess release of ACh to increase the number of sensitized nociceptors. Although the use of botulinum toxin to treat myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) has been investigated in many clinical trials, the results are contradictory. The objective of this paper is to identify sources of variability that could explain these differences in the results....Sources of differences in studies were found in the diagnostic and selection criteria, the muscles injected, the injection technique, the number of trigger points injected, the dosage of botulinum toxin used, treatments for control group, outcome measures, and duration of followup. The contradictory results regarding the efficacy of botulinum toxin A in MPS associated with neck and back pain do not allow this treatment to be recommended or rejected. There is evidence that botulinum toxin could be useful in specific myofascial regions such as piriformis syndrome. It could also be useful in patients with refractory MPS that has not responded to other myofascial injection therapies."
Close J. 2012. Are stress responses to geomagnetic storms mediated by the cryptochrome compass system? Proc Biol Sci 279(1736):2081-2090. The cryptochrome compass system may be at least one of the geomagnetic response systems. This system may affect hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis responses, including changes in circadian cycle, to the geomagnetic field. The magnetosence is mediated by the HPA axis in migratory animals. Vestibular system derived gravitational cues interact with the magnetosence to help migrating animals. When the vestibular system is hyperstimulated, it stimulates a corresponding an acute stress response across the HPA axis. In rats, this also disturbs spatial sense. Humans were nomadic, migrating animals. If the geomagnetic sense can interact with hormonal systems, it could provoke a general stress response. Geomagnetic effects are complex, and integrated with multiple response systems. The cryptochrome acts as geomagnetic compass in migrating animals, as well as modulator of circadian oscillation. Several studies have revealed a relationship between light exposure and geomagnetic and human-generated magnetic fields. [We do not yet know the effects of geomagnetic storms on humans, especially those with disrupted HPA axes, such as FM patients. If these patients also have vestibular dysfunction and optic dysfunction, the effects could be significant. The interactions would be extremely complex, with a wide number of variables, and we as yet cannot test for this. DJS]
Coaccioli S, Varrassi G. 2011. Chronic degenerative pain: an update on abdominal pain in comparison to rheumatic diseases. J Clin Gastroenterol. S94-S97. "Extra-articular syndromes, notably fibromyalgia, can be a lifelong rheumatic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and functional impairment, without any known structural or inflammatory cause. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs in around half of patients with fibromyalgia raising the possibility of a possible overlapping or underlying pathophysiology. The dysfunction of bidirectional neural pathways and viscerovisceral cross-interactions within the central nervous system has been proposed as a possible central hypersensitization disorder responsible for the extraintestinal manifestations of IBS. Common inflammatory and molecular pathways may also be present in which a dysregulation of the immune system leads to a chronic inflammatory response. Given that the treatment of degenerative chronic pain remains suboptimal, these findings may suggest new treatment strategies." [These authors deserve commendation for recognition of the interactive aspect of these two conditions. They both have central sensitization components. They would do well to include myofascial trigger points, which also are co-existing to both conditions, in future research. DJS]
Cobo JL, Abbate F, de Vicente JC et al. 2017. Searching for proprioceptors in human facial muscles. Neurosci Lett. 640:1-5. "Here we have investigated whether other kinds of sensory structures are present in two human facial muscles (zygomatic major and buccal). … In all the muscles analyzed, capsular corpuscle-like structures resembling elongated or round Ruffini-like corpuscles were observed. Moreover the axon profiles within these structures displayed immunoreactivity for both putative mechanoproteins. The present results demonstrate the presence of sensory structures in facial muscles that can substitute for typical muscle spindles as the source of facial proprioception."
Cohen H. 2017. Controversies and challenges in fibromyalgia: a review and a proposal. Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 9(5):115-127. "Fibromyalgia (FM) is the most commonly encountered chronic widespread pain (CWP) condition in rheumatology. In comparison to inflammatory arthritis (IA), it can seem ill defined with no clear understanding of the pathology and therefore no specific targeted treatment. This inevitably raises controversies and challenges. However, this is an outdated view perpetuated by poor teaching of pain at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and the perennial problem of advances in relevant cross-speciality knowledge penetrating speciality silos. Research has provided a better understanding of the aetiopathology and FM is now regarded as a centralized pain state. Effective treatment is possible utilizing a multidisciplinary approach combining nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments rooted in a biopsychosocial model. This article will provide a review of the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of FM, focus on some ongoing contentious issues and propose a change to the diagnostic terminology." Free Article
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met/met genotype showing increased sensitivity to pain as one mechanism for
the role of this gene in conferring risk for FM. We suggest that the reduced
frequency of the met allele in the non-affected relatives acts as a
'protective' allele in this group and prevents the development of clinical
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In this study, 57% of the FMS patients tested had significant levels
of PTSD symptoms.
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Cojocaru MC, Cojocaru IM, Voiculescu VM et al. 2015. Trigger points - ultrasound and thermal findings. J Med Life. 8(3):315-318. "Trigger points are represented by a higher temperature area surrounded by a cooler area, probably caused by a deficit in the blood flow around those points….Infrared thermography could be a great asset for the monitoring of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and their dynamics, as well as an important aid for the initial diagnosis of conditions associated with tissue temperature alterations." Free PMC Article
Colburn KK, Rambharose JA, Malto MC et al. 2006.
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study showed altered elastin metabolism in FMS patients. This alteration,
if significant, could affect elastic tissue in areas such as the lungs and
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[This can be beneficial for some chronic pain patients, as OSA is often
a perpetuating factor or interactive diagnosis. DJS]
Coluzzi F, Valensise H, Sacco M et al. 2013. Chronic pain management in pregnancy and lactation. Minerva Anestesiol. [Jul 15 Epub ahead of print]. "During pregnancy, most women will experience some kind of pain, either as a result of a pre-existing condition (low back pain, headache, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis) or as a direct consequence of pregnancy (weight gain, postural changes, pelvic floor dysfunction, hormonal factors). However, chronic pain management during pregnancy and lactation remains a challenge for clinicians and pregnant women are at risk of undertreatment for painful conditions, because of fear about use of drugs during pregnancy. Few analgesic drugs have been demonstrated to be absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but studies in pregnant women are not available for most of pain medications. The aim of this paper is to review the safety profile in pregnancy or lactation of the commonly prescribed pain medications and non-pharmacological treatments."
Comeche Moreno MI, Ortega Pardo J, Rodríguez Munoz MF et al. 2012. [Structure and adequacy of the Beck Depression Inventory in patients with fibromyalgia.] Psicothema. 24(4):668-673. [Spanish] "The Beck Depression inventory is a widely used instrument for the measurement of depression in chronic pain....These results indicate that there are differences between the depressive manifestations of this type of patients and those with chronic pain. In addition, the peculiar structure of the BDI in this sample of patients seems to indicate an overlap between some depressive symptoms and the symptoms of fibromyalgia, which could lead to an overestimation of the occurrence of depression when measured with the BDI, a bias that should be assessed and modified."
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Connelly M, Hoffart C, Schikler K et al. 2014. A84: Changes over Time in Symptoms and Treatment of Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Arthritis Rheumatol. 66 Suppl 11:S117. "Children with JPFS exhibit worsening pain and quality of life over time regardless of treatment modality recommendations or patient compliance to therapy. Patients returning for follow-up visits may be those whose symptoms are most refractory. Additional studies are needed to identify barriers to improvement in this patient population and to determine effective treatment approaches to improve health outcomes." [If the focus shifts to identifying the cause of the symptoms, including myofascial trigger points and their perpetuating factors, and then bring them under control, the prognosis of these patients may improve considerably. DJS]
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This article may help care providers recognize children who are at
risk for development of a chronic pain condition and may be a valuable tool
in helping to prevent that from happening.
Cook DB, Stegner AJ,
Ellingson LD. 2010. Exercise alters pain
sensitivity in Gulf War veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain.
J Pain. [Mar 23 Epub ahead of print]. “Since returning from the
Persian Gulf, nearly 100,000 veterans of the
first Gulf War (GVs) have reported numerous symptoms with no apparent
medical explanation. A primary complaint of these individuals is chronic
musculoskeletal pain (CMP). CMP symptoms in GVs are similar to those
reported by patients with fibromyalgia (FM), but have not received
equivalent scientific attention. Exercise research in CMP patients
suggests that acute exercise may exacerbate pain while chronic exercise
can reduce pain and improve other symptoms….Gulf War veterans with CMP
perceive exercise as more painful and effortful than healthy GVs and
experience increased pain sensitivity following exercise. These results
suggest that similar abnormalities in central nervous system processing
of nociceptive information documented in FM may also be occurring in GVs
Cooper S, Gilbert L. 2016. The role of 'social support' in the experience of fibromyalgia - narratives from South Africa. Health Soc Care Community. [Oct 26 Epub ahead of print.] "The findings show how support from family, partners, and peers plays an integral role in the process of accepting fibromyalgia diagnosis, adapting to the demands of the condition, and seeking help from healthcare providers. The findings also show the ways in which people with fibromyalgia provide support for others with the condition, and the importance of this peer network in shaping the paths and outcomes of this illness experience. The findings of this study corroborate existing evidence that show fibromyalgia to be a complex condition to manage, due to the multiplicity, uncertainty and contestation that feature in the experience of the illness. Additionally, this study presents the challenges related to the limitations of access to healthcare in the South African context, and the utility of narrative approaches in garnering insight into the ways in which social support is harnessed in this environment."
Cooper TE, Derry S, Wiffen PJ et al. 2017. Gabapentin for fibromyalgia pain in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 1:CD012188. "There is insufficient evidence to support or refute the suggestion that gabapentin reduces pain in fibromyalgia."
Coppens E, Kempke S, Van Wambeke P et al. 2017. Cortisol and subjective stress responses to acute psychosocial stress in fibromyalgia patients and control participants. Psychosom Med. [Dec 11 Epub ahead of print] "Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction may play a role in fibromyalgia (FM) pathogenesis, but remains understudied in this disorder. Furthermore, early childhood adversities (ECA) are common in FM, but whether they moderate stress reactivity is unknown. Hence, we investigated cortisol and subjective responses to acute psychosocial stress in FM and controls, while adjusting for ECA.... FM patients had higher subjective stress levels compared with controls, particularly at baseline and during recovery from the TSST. In FM patients, ECA history was not associated with cortisol or subjective stress levels, or with responsivity to the TSST. Future research should investigate the mechanisms underlying HPA axis dysregulation in FM."
Coppens E, Van Wambeke P, Morlion B et al. 2017. Prevalence and impact of childhood adversities and post-traumatic stress disorder in women with fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain. Eur J Pain. [May 24 Epub ahead of print] "In FM/CWP (fibromyalgia or chronic widespread pain), PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) comorbidity, but not CA (childhood adversities), was associated with self-reported pain severity and PTSD severity mediated the relationship between CA and pain severity. In summary, the prevalence of CA is higher in FM/CWP compared to achalasia, but similar to FD (functional dyspepsia). However, PTSD is more prevalent in FM/CWP compared to FD and associated with higher pain intensity in FM/CWP….As expected and has been shown in other functional disorders, we found elevated levels of childhood adversity in FM/CWP patients. Results of this study however suggest that the impact of childhood adversity (i.e. whether such events have led to the development of PTSD symptoms), rather than the mere presence of such adversity, is of crucial importance in FM/CWP patients. Screening for PTSD symptoms should be an essential part of the assessment process in patients suffering from FM/CWP, and both prevention and intervention efforts should take into account PTSD symptoms and their impact on pain severity and general functioning."
Coppieters I, De Pauw R, Caeyenberghs K et al. 2018. Differences in white matter structure and cortical thickness between patients with traumatic and idiopathic chronic neck pain: Associations with cognition and pain modulation? Hum Brain Mapp. [Jan 11 Epub ahead of print] Patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (CWAD), patients with chronic idiopathic neck pain (CINP)], and healthy controls were compared in this study, which also investigated associations between central sensitization and cognitive abilities, and brain structure. Brain changes indicate a connection to CWAD. "Our results emphasize the role of structural brain alterations in women with CWAD compared with CINP."
Coppieters I, De Pauw R, Caeyenberghs K et al. 2017. Decreased regional grey matter volume in women with chronic whiplash-associated disorders: Relationships with cognitive deficits and disturbed pain processing. Pain Physician. 20(7):E1025-E1051. "Patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (CWAD) are characterized by pain of traumatic origin, cognitive deficits, and central sensitization (CS). Previous neuroimaging studies revealed altered grey matter volume (GMV) in mild traumatic brain injury patients and chronic pain conditions also characterized by CS.... These results provide the first evidence for reduced GMV in cortical regions involved in processing cognition and pain in patients with CWAD. Accordingly, it is recommended that therapy approaches for CWAD patients should address the brain and take into account neuroplasticity of the central nervous system (CNS)". Free Article
Coppieters I, De Pauw R, Kregel J et al. 2017. Differences between women with traumatic and idiopathic chronic neck pain and women without neck pain: Interrelationships among disability, cognitive deficits, and central sensitization. Phys Ther. 97(3):338-353. "Pain-related disability, reduced health-related quality of life, and cognitive deficits were present in participants with CWAD (chronic whiplash-associated disorders) and, to a significantly lesser extent, in participants with CINP (chronic idiopathic neck pain). Local hyperalgesia was demonstrated in participants with CWAD and CINP but not in women who were healthy. However, distant hyperalgesia and decreased conditioned pain modulation efficacy were shown only in participants with CWAD; this result is indicative of the presence of central sensitization. Moderate to strong Spearman correlations… among disability, cognitive deficits, and hyperalgesia (local and distant) were observed in participants with CWAD. In participants with CINP, only local hyperalgesia and subjective cognitive deficits were moderately….correlated."
Coppieters I, Ickmans K, Cagnie B et al. 2015. Cognitive performance is related to central sensitization and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders and fibromyalgia. Pain Physician. 18(3):E389-401. "A growing body of research has demonstrated that impaired central pain modulation or central sensitization (CS) is a crucial mechanism for the development of persistent pain in chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) and fibromyalgia (FM) patients. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence for cognitive dysfunctions among these patients. In addition, chronic WAD and FM patients often report problems with health-related quality of life (QoL). Yet, there is limited research concerning the interrelations between cognitive performance, indices of CS, and health-related QoL in these patients….this paper has demonstrated significant cognitive deficits, signs of CS, and reduced health-related QoL in chronic WAD and FM patients compared to healthy individuals. Significant relations between cognitive performance and CS as well as health-related QoL were demonstrated. These results provide preliminary evidence for the clinical importance of objectively measured cognitive deficits in patients with chronic WAD and FM." Free Article
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research shows that the common insect repellant, DEET, can significantly
inhibit acetylcholinesterase. [Our current model for the formation and
perpetuating of myofascial trigger points includes the release of excess
acetylcholine (ACl) at the motor end plate. Anything that promotes
that release or inhibits acetlylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down
ACl, could then increase the possibility of TrP formation and maintenance.
The extra aches and pain from that walk in the woods may be due to more
than the extra exercise. DJS]
Correa A, Miro E, Martinez MP et al. 2010. Temporal preparation and inhibitory deficit in fibromyalgia syndrome. Brain Cogn. [Dec 10 Epub ahead of print]. "Cognitive deficits in fibromyalgia may be specifically related to controlled processes, such as those measured by working memory or executive function tasks. This hypothesis was tested here by measuring controlled temporal preparation (temporal orienting) during a response inhibition (go no-go) task. Temporal orienting effects (faster reaction times for targets appearing at temporally attended vs. unattended moments) and response inhibition were impaired in fibromyalgia compared to the control group. It is concluded that frontal networks underlying attentional control (temporal orienting and response inhibition) can be a dysfunctional neurocognitive mechanism in fibromyalgia."
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Costa YM, Conti PC, de Faria FA et al. 2017. Temporomandibular disorders and painful comorbidities: clinical association and underlying mechanisms. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 123(3):288-297. "Common neuronal pathways and central sensitization processes are acknowledged as the main factors for the association between TMD and primary headaches, although the establishment of cause-effect mechanisms requires further clarification and characterization. The biomechanical aspects are not the main factors involved in the comorbid relationship between TMD and cervical spine dysfunction, which can be better explained by the neuronal convergence of the trigeminal and cervical spine sensory pathways as well as by central sensitization processes. The association between TMD and fibromyalgia also has supporting evidence in the literature, and the proposed main mechanism underlying this relationship is the impairment of the descending pain inhibitory system. In this particular scenario, a cause-effect relationship is more likely to occur in one direction, that is, fibromyalgia as a risk factor for TMD. Therefore, clinical awareness of the association between TMD and painful comorbidities and the support of multidisciplinary approaches are required to recognize these related conditions."
Costantini R, Affaitati G, Massimini Fe et al. 2016. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallbladder calculosis in fibromyalgia patients: Impact on musculoskeletal pain, somatic hyperalgesia and central sensitization. PLoS One. 11(4):e0153408. "Fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome of diffuse musculoskeletal pain and somatic hyperalgesia from central sensitization, is very often comorbid with visceral pain conditions. In fibromyalgia patients with gallbladder calculosis, this study assessed the short and long-term impact of laparoscopic cholecystectomy on fibromyalgia pain symptoms….The results of the study show that biliary colics from gallbladder calculosis represent an exacerbating factor for fibromyalgia symptoms and that laparoscopic cholecystectomy produces only a transitory worsening of these symptoms, largely compensated by the long-term improvement/desensitization due to gallbladder removal. This study provides new insights into the role of visceral pain comorbidities and the effects of their treatment on fibromyalgia pain/hypersensitivity." Free PMC Article
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Costantini TW, Loomis WH, Putnam JG et al. 2008. Burn-induced gut barrier injury is attenuated by phosphodiesterase inhibition: effects on tight junction structural proteins. Shock [Sep 11 Epub ahead of print]. The relevant part of this research is that the medication pentoxifylline can reduce permeable gut in burn patients. This may be a promising therapy to heal the gut, and establishing a working GI system is a vital part of healing in chronic pain patients. Compounding pharmacists can put this up in topical form. DJS]
Cotchett MP, Munteanu SE, Landorf KB. 2014. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 94(8):1083-1094. "Dry needling provided statistically significant reductions in plantar heel pain…"
Cote B, Ross B, Fortner J et al. 2018. The use and utility of low-dose Naltrexone capsules for patients with fibromyalgia. Int J Pharm Compd. 22(3):252-256. "With few U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment options, there is evidence that low-dose naltrexone, an opioid antagonist approved for opioid and alcohol dependence at high doses, may have efficacy in the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic pain. At the doses required for fibromyalgia treatment, naltrexone needs to be compounded, and no data currently exists regarding the long-term stability of low-dose naltrexone capsules. This limits pharmacies to a maximum beyond-use date of 180 days. Our study examined the stability of compounded capsules of low-dose naltrexone in Avicel over 360 days. Naltrexone was extracted from compounded capsules and assessed using reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography validated to differentiate between the degraded and undegraded naltrexone. United States Pharmacopeia guidelines state that compounded medications must remain within 10% of the labeled potency at all times during the assigned expiration date for a preparation. Our results show that low-dose naltrexone is stable for 360 days when stored at room temperature and away from light remaining within 90% to 110% of the labeled potency throughout the study period. Based on our study results, the beyond-use date for compounded low-dose naltrexone formulations stored at room temperature and protected from light can be extended to 1 year. The longer beyond-use dating allows patients greater flexibility in using these capsules during the flare-ups associated with fibromyalgia without needing a refill immediately at the onset of symptoms. In addition, it may help compounding pharmacies reduce waste associated with small-batch preparation of these capsules."
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Courtney CA, Clark JD, Duncombe AM et al. 2011. Clinical presentation and manual therapy for lower quadrant musculoskeletal conditions. J Man Manip Ther. 19(4):212-222. "Chronic lower quadrant injuries constitute a significant percentage of the musculoskeletal cases seen by clinicians. While impairments may vary, pain is often the factor that compels the patient to seek medical attention. Traumatic injury from sport is one cause of progressive chronic joint pain, particularly in the lower quarter. Recent studies have demonstrated the presence of peripheral and central sensitization mechanisms in different lower quadrant pain syndromes, such as lumbar spine related leg pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, and following acute injuries such as lateral ankle sprain and anterior cruciate ligament rupture. Proper management of lower quarter conditions should include assessment of balance and gait as increasing pain and chronicity may lead to altered gait patterns and falls. In addition, quantitative sensory testing may provide insight into pain mechanisms which affect management and prognosis of musculoskeletal conditions. Studies have demonstrated analgesic effects and modulation of spinal excitability with use of manual therapy techniques, with clinical outcomes of improved gait and functional ability. This paper will discuss the evidence which supports the use of manual therapy for lower quarter musculoskeletal dysfunction."
Courtney CA, Fernandez-de-Las-Penas C, Bond S. 2017. Mechanisms of chronic pain - key considerations for appropriate physical therapy management. J Man Manip Ther. 25(3):118-127. "In last decades, knowledge of nociceptive pain mechanisms has expanded rapidly. The use of quantitative sensory testing has provided evidence that peripheral and central sensitization mechanisms play a relevant role in localized and widespread chronic pain syndromes. In fact, almost any patient suffering with a chronic pain condition will demonstrate impairments in the central nervous system. In addition, it is accepted that pain is associated with different types of trigger factors including social, physiological, and psychological. This rationale has provoked a change in the understanding of potential mechanisms of manual therapies, changing from a biomechanical/medical viewpoint, to a neurophysiological/nociceptive viewpoint. Therefore, interventions for patients with chronic pain should be applied based on current knowledge of nociceptive mechanisms since determining potential drivers of the sensitization process is critical for effective management. The current paper reviews mechanisms of chronic pain from a clinical and neurophysiological point of view and summarizes key messages for clinicians for proper management of individuals with chronic pain."
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proprioceptive dysfunction. This
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activity, hunger, thirst and internal sensations. “These findings
explain the distinct nature of pain, temperature, itch, sensual touch and
other bodily feelings from cutaneous mechanoreception (somatosensory touch)
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complement to the efferent autonomic nervous system. I agree with the
author that this study may have profound clinical significance.
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vascular pain disappeared after surgery, while the myofascial pain
remained. In TOS, therefore, there is a pain loop that cannot be
resolved by surgical therapy alone. The connection between
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conflict and a peripheral nerve entrapment. The latter, disguised
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TrPs are often the cause of nerve entrapment. Clinicians (and insurance
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Culpepper L. 2010. Recognizing and diagnosing fibromyalgia. J Clin Psychiatry. 71(11):e30. "Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 2% of the American population. Current understanding explains it as a neurologic disorder of central pain processing that causes the perception of pain in response to stimuli that in healthy individuals would not be painful. The recognition of fibromyalgia can lead to effective treatment with significant improvement in functioning. Unfortunately, because of the chronic nature of the pain condition and associated counterproductive behaviors and disability, patients and physicians may rapidly become frustrated with each other and abandon the pursuit of adequate diagnosis and treatment. If the physician instead recognizes the diagnostic pattern of pain and appreciates the real nature of the underlying pathology, then he or she can be of great benefit to patients and their families in managing this chronic disease."
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The patient consulted a medical acupuncturist after suffering five months of
continuous chest and arm pain associated with ‘tingling’ in the forearm and
hand. She had undergone trans-axillary resection of the first left rib
following a left axillary vein thrombosis 18 months previously. Her
symptoms had been principally attributed to nerve traction at surgery or
nerve root entrapment from scar tissue. However, the drain passed
through the free border of pectoralis major, and the myofascial trigger
point that appeared to develop as a result of the muscle trauma, or the pain
at that site, presented as a chronic and complex post-surgical pain problem.
The pain and tingling resolved completely after two sessions of dry needling
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Med 21(1-2):32-35. This is a showcase of what can happen when care
providers don’t understand myofascial medicine. The patient
developed knee pain after standing for a prolonged time. Tests
indicated arthritis and left hip dysplasia, but no knee abnormalities.
After multiple surgical techniques, including femoral osteotomy, lateral
shaft graft and total hip replacement, the knee pain was still present on
follow-up. After two treatments with electroacupuncture to the
iliopsoas muscle, the knee pain was gone. How might the practice of
medicine, and the costs of same, be changed if the care providers were
trained in the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial trigger points?
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diagnosis was myofascial pain with and without limited mouth opening and
arthralgia (50%). Conclusion: The high prevalence of TMD in the
current study indicates that patients with OSAS (obstructive sleep apnea
syndrome) referred for oral appliance therapy require specific evaluation
related to TMD.” [The dental world often looks at the term “myofascial
pain” as meaning the same as “TMD.” Appliances may make symptoms due to
myofascial trigger points worse, or at best, cause them to become latent.
The solution to myofascial trigger point pain is to treat the TrPs, and to
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nociceptive input arising from minimally damaged tissue. This
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of damage in patients with whiplash. Central hypersensitivity may
provide a neurobiological framework for the integration of peripheral
and supraspinal mechanisms in the pathophysiology of chronic pain after
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Currow DC, Phillips J, Clark K. 2016. Using opioids in general practice for chronic non-cancer pain: an overview of current evidence. Med J Aust. 204(8):305-309. "There is limited evidence of the long term efficacy of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, and documented clinical consequences beyond addiction include acceleration of loss of bone mineral density, hypogonadism and an association with increased risk of acute myocardial infarction. Careful clinical selection of patients can help optimize the evidence-based use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: only treat pain that has been as well defined as possible when non-opioid therapies have not been effective; consider referral to specialist services for assessment if doses are above 100 mg oral morphine equivalent per 24 hours or the duration of therapy is longer than 4 weeks; limit prescribing to only one practitioner; seek an agreement with the patient for the initiation and potential withdrawal of opioids if the therapeutic trial is not effective." [There have been NO studies on opioid effectiveness for patients with multiple pain generators (trigger points, arthritis, HIV, etc.) plus the pain amplifier of fibromyalgia. DJS]
Custodio L, Carlson CR, Upton B et al. 2015. The impact of cigarette smoking on sleep quality of patients with masticatory myofascial pain. J Oral Facial Pain Headache. 29(1):15-23. "Cigarette smoking is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes, including pain severity, alterations in mood, and disrupted sleep, and seems to be a significant predictor of sleep quality in patients with masticatory myofascial pain."
Daenen L, Nijs J, Roussel N et al. 2012. "Dysfunctional pain inhibition in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders: an experimental study. Clin Rheumatol. [Sep 16 Epub ahead of print]. Inefficient endogenous pain inhibition, in particular impaired conditioned pain modulation (CPM), may disturb central pain processing in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD). Previous studies revealed that abnormal central pain processing is responsible for a wide range of symptoms in patients with chronic WAD. Hence, the present study aimed at examining the functioning of descending pain inhibitory pathways, and in particular CPM, in patients with chronic WAD. Thirty-five patients with chronic WAD and 31 healthy controls were subjected to an experiment evaluating CPM. CPM was induced by an inflated occlusion cuff and evaluated by comparing temporal summation (TS) of pressure pain prior to and during cuff inflation. Temporal summation was provoked by means of 10 consecutive pressure pulses at upper and lower limb location. Pain intensity of first, fifth, and 10th pressure pulse was rated. During heterotopic noxious conditioning stimulation, TS of pressure pain was significantly depleted among healthy controls. In contrast, TS was quite similar prior to and during cuff inflation in chronic WAD, providing evidence for dysfunctional CPM in patients with chronic WAD. The present study demonstrates a lack of endogenous pain inhibitory pathways, and in particularly CPM, in patients with chronic WAD, and hence provides additional evidence for the presence of central sensitization in chronic WAD."
Dahan H, Shir Y, Velly A et al. 2015. Specific and number of comorbidities are associated with increased levels of temporomandibular pain intensity and duration. J Headache Pain. 16(1):528. "Temporomandibular pain disorder (TMD) is a common pain condition in the face. People with TMD report multiple pain comorbidities. The presence of fibromyalgia and migraine in people with TMD is associated with an increase in TMD pain intensity and duration. …This study shows that the number of comorbidities is positively associated with TMD pain duration and intensity. The presence of specific conditions, such as migraine and chronic fatigue syndrome, is associated with an increase in TMD intensity and duration." Free PMC Article
Dailey DL, Keffala VJ, Sluka KA. 2014. Cognitive and physical fatigue tasks enhance pain, cognitive fatigue and physical fatigue in people with fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). [Jul 29 Epub ahead of print.] People with fibromyalgia had significantly higher increases in pain, cognitive fatigue and physical fatigue when compared to healthy controls after completion of a cognitive fatigue task, a physical fatigue task, or a dual fatigue task (p<0.01). People with fibromyalgia performed equivalently on measures of physical performance and cognitive performance on the physical and cognitive fatigue tasks, respectively. Conclusions: These data show that people with fibromyalgia show larger increases in pain, perceived cognitive fatigue and perceived physical fatigue to both cognitive and physical fatigue tasks compared to healthy controls. The increases in pain and fatigue during cognitive and physical fatigue tasks could influence subject participation in daily activities and rehabilitation.
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Occuip Saf Ergon. 11(1):49-63. “...extensive,
intensive and relatively expensive ergonomic intervention and
training...” can prevent further injury, improve health, and
avoid further costs to the company. “The cost of this
intervention was estimated as $2,200 per employee, while the
cost of a single worker’s compensation case could be as high as
$75,000.” [The problem now is to get the employers and 3rd
party insurance payers to realize that preventative ergonomic
medicine is cost effective. DJS]
Dall’Alba PT, Sterling MM, Treleaven JM et
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asymptomatic persons and those with whiplash. Spine
26(19):2090-2094. “Range of motion was reduced in all primary
movements in patients with persistent whiplash-associated disorder.”
[Decreased range of motion is often caused by myofascial trigger points.
Dalmau-Carolà J. 2010. Myofascial Pain
Syndrome Affecting the Quadratus Femoris. Pain Pract.
[Feb 11 Epub ahead of print]. The quadratus femoris is an
external rotator of the hip. Quadratus femoris injury can
accompany damage to the surrounding muscles. Guided by the
clinical symptoms, the injection technique described here can
facilitate accurate diagnosis in selected cases.
Dalmau-Carolà J. 2010.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Affecting the Quadratus Femoris.
Pain Pract. [Feb 11 Epub ahead of print]. The quadratus femoris
is an external rotator of the hip. Quadratus femoris injury can
accompany damage to the surrounding muscles. Guided by the clinical
symptoms, the injection technique described here can facilitate
accurate diagnosis in selected cases.
Dalmau-Carola J. 2005. Myofascial pain
syndrome affecting the piriformis and the obturator internus muscle.
Pain Pract. 5(4):361-363. “The obturator internus muscle is an
external rotator of the hip. Obturator internus injury may occur
and be hidden by the piriformis syndrome. Clinical symptoms may
offer some clues to the clinician. The selective injection
technique described here facilitates precise diagnosis.”
Dalpiaz AS, Lordon SP, Lipman AG. 2004.
Topical lidocaine patch therapy for myofascial pain. J Pain Palliat
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In the case described, pain was decreased and function improved with the use
of lidocaine patch.
D'Ambrogi E, Giacomozzi C, Macellari V et al. 2005.
Abnormal foot function in diabetic patients: the altered onset of Windlass
mechanism. Diabetic Med 22(12):1713-1719. “Increased thickness
of Achilles tendon and plantar fascia, more evident in the presence of
neuropathy...might play a significant role in the overall alteration of the
biomechanics of the foot-ankle complex.” [Diabetic neuropathy might be
a significant perpetuating factor to myofascial TrPs. DJS]
Damian M, Zalpour C. 2011. Trigger point treatment with radial shock waves in musicians with nonspecific shoulder-neck pain: data from a special physio outpatient clinic for musicians. Med Probl Perform Art. 26(4):211-217. "Radial shockwave treatment plus physical therapy can bring temporary relief from shoulder and neck trigger points in professional musicians."
Danilov A, Kurganova J. 2016. Melatonin in chronic pain syndromes. Pain Ther. [Mar 16 Epub ahead of print.] "Melatonin is a neurohormone secreted by epiphysis and extrapineal structures. It performs several functions including chronobiotic, antioxidant, oncostatic, immune modulating, normothermal, and anxiolytic functions. Melatonin affects the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract, participates in reproduction and metabolism, and body mass regulation. Moreover, recent studies have demonstrated melatonin efficacy in relation to pain syndromes. The present paper reviews the studies on melatonin use in fibromyalgia, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. The paper discusses the possible mechanisms of melatonin analgesic properties. On one hand, circadian rhythms normalization results in sleep improvement, which is inevitably disordered in chronic pain syndromes, and activation of melatonin adaptive capabilities. On the other hand, there is evidence of melatonin-independent analgesic effect involving melatonin receptors and several neurotransmitter systems."
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prior to treatment. A multidisciplinary treatment involving
individualized physiotherapy and psychotherapy had a significant effect on
musculoskeletal pain in torture victims. Following nine months of
treatment, only one torture victim in our study could be classified as
suffering from fibromyalgia when applying the fibrositis index.”
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D'Apuzzo MR, Cabanela ME, Trousdale RT et al. 2012. Primary total knee arthroplasty inpatients with fibromyalgia. Orthopedics. 35(2):e175-e178. "Survivorship free from revision at 7 years was 89% for cruciate retaining knees and 98% for posterior stabilized knees. Patients with fibromyalgia undergoing primary TKA (total knee arthroplasty) have a high prevalence of complications and pain. Despite continued pain, the majority of patients were satisfied with the results and reported improvements after TKA. This data should be used to counsel patients with fibromyalgia preoperatively regarding limited goals with respect to pain relief and suggests that a multimodal individualized treatment program may be necessary to achieve optimal outcomes in patients with fibromyalgia." [The FM is amplifying the pain from the TKA and TrPs from the knee dysfunction and the TKA itself. The TrP-related pain might be successfully treated with targeted therapy. DJS.]
Dardano A, Bazzichi L, Bombardieri S et al. 2011. Symptoms in Euthyroid Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Is There a Role for Autoimmunity Itself? Thyroid. [Dec 22 Epub ahead of print].
"...FM comorbidity resulted in almost one third of patients (all females) suffering from HT with or without mild hypothyroidism (SCH). Moreover, the prevalence of fibromyalgia was slightly higher in euthyroid HT patients (33.3%) than in those suffering also from SCH (28.5%). In this setting, it is noteworthy that SCH patients without autoimmunity did not show any clinical symptom consistent with FM. Therefore, our data support the hypothesis that thyroid autoimmunity per se plays a role in the development of FM comorbidity, although the specific underlying mechanism is still not completely known."
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85(270):11-13. [French] Although not mentioning myofascial TrPs
specifically, this study indicates how maxillary sinus congestion could
be caused by blood vessel entrapment by pterygoid TrPs.
da Silva SG, Sarni RO, de Souza FI et al. 2012. Assessment of nutritional status and eating disorders in female adolescents with fibromyalgia. J Adolesc Health. 51(5):524-527. CONCLUSIONS: This study verified an absence of nutritional and eating disorders in adolescents recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia that, in addition to the correlation between adiposity indexes and KEDS total score, emphasizes the importance of nutritional and body composition assessment, allowing an early and adequate nutritional intervention.
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“During the first episode the patient was diagnosed with a
cervical radiculopathy.” “Approximately eighteen months
later the patient again experienced a severe acute flare-up of
the upper extremity symptoms. Although the subjective
complaint was similar, it was determined that the pain generator
of this episode was an active trigger point of the infraspinatus
muscle. A diagnosis of myofascial referred pain was made
and a protocol of manual trigger point therapy and functional
postural rehabilitative exercises improved the condition.”
“Conservative manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises may be
an effective treatment for certain cases of cervical
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never know how much surgery and other invasive procedures are
unnecessary until we start assessing soft tissue pain generators
such as myofascial trigger points. DJS]
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important to evaluate each patient individually. The same collision may
cause injury to some individuals and leave others unaffected. With the
variability of human postures, tensile strength of the ligaments between
individuals, body positions in the vehicle, collagen fibers in the same
specimen segment, the amount of muscle activation and inhibition of muscles,
the size of the spinal canals, and the excitability of the nervous system,
one specific threshold is not possible. How individuals react to a
stimulus varies widely, and it is evident peripheral stimulation has effects
on the central nervous system. It is also clear that the somatosensory
system of the neck, in addition to signaling nociception, may influence the
control of neck, eyes, limbs, respiratory muscles, and some preganglionic
Davis MC, Thummala K, Zautra AJ et al. 2014. Stress-related clinical pain and mood in women with chronic pain: Moderating effects of depression and positive mood induction. Ann Behav Med. [Feb 15 Epub ahead of print.] "Depression does not alter pain and mood stress reactivity, but does impair recovery. Boosting post-stress jovial mood ameliorates pain recovery deficits in depressed patients, a finding relevant to chronic pain interventions."
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a unique pharmacological profile.”
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Musculoskel Pain. 18(1). “Findings of this study indicate that there
is an increased positive association between CLBP (chronic low back
pain) patients’ level of pain severity and symptoms reported of PTSD
(post-traumatic stress disorder). Findings highlight the need for pain
specialists to assess not only pain severity levels, but also anxiety
symptoms. Very vital links, which should not be missed when treating
these patients, are to provide treatments that target their physical
condition and emotional distress or anxiety and that increase their
sense of control over their pain experience and treatments.”
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et al. 2004. Religiosity may help preserve the cortisol rhythm in
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34(1):61-77. “...religiosity may have a protective effect on the
physiological effects of stress among women with fibromyalgia.”
Dee SW, Kao MJ, Hong CZ et al. 2012. Chronic shoulder pain referred from thymic carcinoma: a case report and review of literature. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 8:399-403. This patient presented with shoulder pain on one side, and was given conservative treatment for 13 months, including trigger point injection. Eventually, a rare case of thymic carcinoma was discovered to be the cause of the pain. Pain can come from many sources, and if trigger points aren't relieved by usual treatment, the perpetuating factor(s) must be identified.
Deere KC, Clinch J, Holliday K et al. 2012. Obesity is a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain in adolescents: Findings from a population-based cohort. Pain. 153(9):1932-1938. "Obesity is a risk factor for fibromyalgia in adults, but whether a similar relationship exists in children is uncertain. This study examined whether obesity is associated with reporting of musculoskeletal pain, including chronic regional pain (CRP) and chronic widespread pain (CWP), in adolescents, in a population-based setting....Compared with non obese participants, those with any pain, knee pain, and CRP reported more severe average pain (P<.01). Obese adolescents were more likely to report musculoskeletal pain, including knee pain and CRP. Moreover, obese adolescents with knee pain and CRP had relatively high pain scores, suggesting a more severe phenotype with worse prognosis."
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de Heer EW, Vriezekolk JE, van der Feltz-Cornelis CM. 2017. Poor illness perceptions are a risk factor for depressive and anxious symptomatology in fibromyalgia syndrome: A longitudinal cohort study. Front Psychiatry. 8:217. "Our data suggest that not pain severity or maladaptive coping, but poor illness perceptions are important in elevated depressive and anxious symptomatology. Patients with fibromyalgia who think their illness negatively affects their mental well-being are at increased risk for more depressive symptoms, and those who think treatment of their illness will not be effective are at increased risk for more anxiety symptoms. Strengthening illness beliefs and reducing catastrophic thinking, therefore, seem crucial factors in the treatment of patients with FMS." Free Article
Dejung B. 1994. [Manual trigger point treatment in chronic
lumbosacral pain]. Schweiz Med Wochenschr Suppl. 62:82-87.
[German] “We believe that lumbosacral pain of unknown origin is
frequently caused by muscular trigger points in the muscles of the
trunk. We present a new manual therapy for management of this
de la Coba P, Bruehl S, Galvez-Sanchez CM et al. 2018. Slowly repeated evoked pain (SREP) as a marker of central sensitization in fibromyalgia: diagnostic accuracy and reliability in comparison with temporal summation of pain. Psychosom Med. May 1. [Epub ahead of print] "SREP seems to be a dynamic evoked pain index tapping into pain sensitization that allows for greater diagnostic accuracy in identifying FM patients compared to a standard TSP protocol. Further research is needed to study mechanisms underlying SREP and the potential utility of adding SREP to standard pain evaluation protocols."
de la Coba P, Bruehl S, Moreno-Padilla M et al. 2017. Responses to slowly repeated evoked pain stimuli in fibromyalgia patients: Evidence of enhanced pain sensitization. Pain Med. [Mar 24 Epub ahead of print] "The pathophysiology of fibromyalgia has been related to central pain sensitization. This study tested a laboratory protocol evaluating responses to slowly repeated evoked pain stimuli (SREP) that may index central pain sensitization in fibromyalgia…. A protocol employing a single series of nine low-suprathreshold-intensity slowly repeated pain stimuli elicits increased perceived pain in fibromyalgia patients, consistent with central sensitization despite relatively long interstimulus intervals. SREP appears to be more useful than traditional evoked pain threshold tolerance measures in terms of predicting levels of clinical pain and discriminating between fibromyalgia patients and healthy individuals."
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."
Delaney J.P., Leong K. S.,
Watkins A. et al. 2002. The short-term effects of myofascial trigger
point massage therapy on cardiac autonomic tone in healthy subjects. J
Adv Nurs 27(4):364-71. TrP massage to the head, neck and shoulder
increased cardiac parasympathetic activity and improved relaxation even in
de Las Penas CF,
Gerwin RD et al.
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.]
DeLeo JA, Tanga FY, Tawfik VL. 2004.
Neuroimmune activation and neuroinflammation in chronic pain and opioid tolerance/hyperalgesia.
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.
JA, Tanga FY, Tawfik VL. 2004. Neuroimmune activation and
neuroinflammation in chronic pain and opioid tolerance/hyperalgesia. Neuroscientist
10(1):40-52. Modulation of
central nervous system glial cells and
pro-inflammatory 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
AL, Shookster LA, Maloney CT Jr et al. 2003. Diagnosis of compressive
neuropathies in patients with fibromyalgia.
J Hand Surg [Am] 28(6):894-7.
This article suggests that the Tinel sign may be a valid tool for
identification of arm peripheral nerve compression in fibromyalgia. It
neglects to screen patients for myofascial trigger points, which may be the
cause of such nerve entrapment.
Delorme T, Boureau F, Eymard B et
al. 2004. Clinical study of chronic pain in hereditary
myopathies. Eur J Pain 8(1):55-61. This study of 68 consecutive
and unselected adult patients at a multidiciplinary consultation for
hereditary myopathies found that 46 of them had chronic pain, mostly
musculoskeletal. 50% had symptoms of myofascial pain and 26% had
symptoms of fibromyalgia. [It would be interesting to study how many
of the relatives with hereditary myopathies also had these co-existing
conditions. Clinicians must become aware that these illness are
frequent companions to other chronic illnesses, and that prompt diagnosis,
recognition, and treatment of the
individual TrPs and central sensitization may considerably improve the
patient=s quality of life. DJS]
DeMeo MT, Mutlu EA, Keshavarzian A et al. 2002.
Intestinal permeation and gastrointestinal disease. J Clin
Castroenterol. 34(4):385-396. “The gastrointestinal tract
constitutes one of the largest sites of exposure to the outside
environment. The function of the gastrointestinal tract in
monitoring and sealing the host interior from intruders is called the
gut barrier.” “Disruptions in the gut barrier follow injury from
various causes including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and
oxidant stress, and involve mechanisms such as adenosine triphosphate
depletion and damage to epithelial cell cytoskeletons that regulate
tight junctions. Ample evidence links gut barrier dysfunction to
multiorgan system failure in sepsis and immune dysregulation.”
[More information is coming out concerning the relationship
between permeable bowel and chronic illness. What can be done to
heal the bowel is to remove irritants, replace lost enzymes,
reinnoculate healthy organisms with probiotics, and repair the mucosa.
Detailed information can be found in the Textbook of Functional
Medicine, (see Galland, L. and
Demeter P, Vardi VK, Magyar P. 2004.
[Study on connection between gastroesophageal reflux disease and
obstructive sleep apnea] Orv Hetil. 145(37):1897-1901.
[Hungarian] “The study reveals that in patients with severe
obstructive sleep apnea, erosive reflux disease is more frequent and
a positive correlation can be found between severity of reflux
disease and sleep apnea as well.”
Demeter P, Pap A.
2004. The relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease and
obstructive sleep apnea. Gastroenterol 39(9):815-820.
Reflux is more likely to occur during sleep. Also, “...the
transdiaphragmatic pressure increases in parallel with the growing
intrathoracic pressure generated during obstructive apnea episodes.”
Demeter P, Vardi VK, Magyar P. 2004.
[Study of connection between gastroesophageal reflux disease and
obstructive sleep apnea] Orv Hetil. 145(37):1897-1901.
[Hungarian] “The study reveals that in patients with severe
obstructive sleep apnea, erosive reflux disease is more frequent and a
positive correlation can be found between severity of reflux disease and
sleep apnea as well.”
De Meulemeester K, Calders P, Dewitte V et al. 2017. Surface electromyographic activity of the upper trapezius before and after a single dry needling session in female office workers with trapezius myalgia. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. [Jun 21 Epub ahead of print] "Myofascial pain can be accompanied by a disturbed surface electromyographic (sEMG) activity. Nevertheless, the effect of myofascial treatment techniques, such as dry needling (DN), on the sEMG activity is poorly investigated. Several DN studies also emphasize the importance of eliciting local twitch responses (LTRs) during treatment. However, studies investigating the added value of LTRs are scarce. Therefore, the aims of this study were first to evaluate the effect of DN on the sEMG activity of myalgic muscle tissue, compared with no intervention (rest), and secondly to identify whether this effect is dependent of eliciting LTRs during DN….The sEMG activity increased after rest and after DN, but this increase was significantly smaller 10 minutes after DN, compared with rest. These differences were independent whether LTRs were elicited or not…. Dry needling leads to a significantly lower increase in sEMG activity of the upper trapezius, compared with no intervention, after a typing task. This difference was independent of eliciting LTRs."
De Meulemeester KE, Castelein B, Coppieters I et al. 2017. Comparing trigger point dry needling and manual pressure technique for the management of myofascial neck/shoulder pain: A randomized clinical trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 40(1):11-20. "Both treatment techniques lead to short-term and long-term treatment effects. Dry needling was found to be no more effective than MP in the treatment of myofascial neck/shoulder pain."
Deng C, Xia W. 2017. Effect of Tai Chi Chuan on degeneration of lumbar vertebrae and lumbar discs in middle-aged and aged people: a cross-sectional study based on magnetic resonance images. J Int Med Res. [Jan Epub ahead of print] "We assessed the effect of Tai Chi on the degeneration of lumbar vertebrae and lumbar discs with magnetic resonance images….This retrospective cohort study involved 2 groups of participants: 27 Tai Chi practitioners with more than 4 years of experience with regular Tai Chi exercise and 24 sex- and age-matched participants without Tai Chi experience….The Tai Chi practitioners had significantly fewer degenerated lumbar vertebrae (1.9) and lumbar discs (2.3) than the control group (2.6 and 2.9, respectively). The most severely affected lumbar vertebrae and discs were L5 and L4/L5, respectively…. Regular performance of the simplified Tai Chi 24 form could possibly retard the degeneration of lumbar vertebrae and lumbar discs in middle-aged and aged people."
Dengler-Crish CM, Bruehl S,Walker LS. 2011. Increased wind-up to heat pain in women with a childhood history of functional abdominal pain. Pain. [Jan 29 Epub ahead of print]. "Young women with a childhood history of functional abdominal pain may have a long-term vulnerability to pain that is associated with enhanced responses of the central nervous system to pain stimuli." [According to Dr. Karel Lewit, in his book "Manipulative Therapy: Musculoskeletal Medicine (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier 2010), such "functional" pain, such as abdominal or menstrual pain beginning at the first period, may be an early sign of spinal dysfunction that may not show up on MRI until many years later. This is a critical clue, the significance of which is missed in the education of many care providers. These "functional" conditions ("functional" being a medical term for "we don't know the cause") could be indications of the early forms of initiating factors for central sensitization. They need to be pounced upon as a good mouser cat pounced on its prey. They are part of the practice of preventative medicine, and not symptoms to be dismissed. DJS]
Dennis NL, Larkin M, Derbyshire SW. 2013. 'A giant mess' - making sense of complexity in the accounts of people with fibromyalgia. Br J Health Psychol. [Jan 24 Epub ahead of print]. "Twenty people with fibromyalgia participated in email interviews exploring their experiences, history and diagnosis…. Participants described enduring the course of a 'giant mess' of unpleasant symptoms, some of which were understood to be symptoms of fibromyalgia and some the interactive or parallel effects of comorbid illness. The respondents also demonstrated their considerable efforts at imposing order and sense on complexity and multiplicity, in terms of the instability of their symptoms. They expressed ambivalence towards diagnosis, doctors and medication, and we noted that each of the above areas appeared to come together to create a context of relational uncertainty, which undermined the security of connections to family, friends, colleagues and the workplace….Three key issues were discussed. First, there was not one overall symptom (e.g., pain) driving the unpleasantness of fibromyalgia; second, participants spent excessive time and energy trying to manage forces outside their control; third, because there is no definitive 'fibromyalgia experience', each diagnosis is unique, and our participants often appeared to be struggling to understand the course of their illness. [While I disagree with the authors' contention that FM is a diagnosis of exclusion, I agree that co-existing conditions cause a lot of the confusion concerning FM, and there are many interesting points in this paper. DJS]
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de Oliveira DL, Hirotsu C, Tufik S et al. 2017. The interfaces between vitamin D, sleep and pain. J Endocrinol. [May 23 Epub ahead of print] "The role of vitamin D in osteomineral metabolism is well known. Several studies have suggested its action on different biological mechanisms, such as nociceptive sensitivity and sleep-wake cycle modulation. Sleep is an important biological process regulated by different regions of the central nervous system, mainly the hypothalamus, in combination with several neurotransmitters. Pain, which can be classified as nociceptive, neuropathic and psychological, is regulated by both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the peripheral nervous system, the immune system participates in the inflammatory process that contributes to hyperalgesia. Sleep deprivation is an important condition related to hyperalgesia, and recently it has also been associated with vitamin D. Poor sleep efficiency and sleep disorders have been shown to have an important role in hyperalgesia, and be associated with different vitamin D values. Vitamin D has been inversely correlated with painful manifestations, such as fibromyalgia and rheumatic diseases. Studies have demonstrated a possible action of vitamin D in the regulatory mechanisms of both sleep and pain. The supplementation of vitamin D associated with good sleep hygiene may have a therapeutic role, not only in sleep disorders but also in the prevention and treatment of chronic pain conditions."
de Oliveira RA, Ciampi de Andrade D, McHado AG et al. 2012. Central poststroke pain: somatosensory abnormalities and the presence of associated myofascial pain syndrome. BMC Neurol. 12(1):89. Myofascial pain syndrome is a common co-morbid condition with central post-stroke pain.
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patients? In this study, cortisol had a selective effect of
interfering with delayed recall, but not immediate recall or
recognition memory. This study is also relevant to the cognitive
defects often described by lupus patients who are often treated
with intermittently high doses of corticosteroids.
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Dernek B, Adiyeke L, Duymus TM et al. 2018. Efficacy of trigger point injections in patients with lumbar disc hernia without indication for surgery. Asian Spine J. 12(2):232-237. "Purpose: To investigate the efficacy of gluteal trigger point (TP) injections with prilocaine in patients with lumbosacral radiculopathy complaining of gluteal pain....TP injections can be performed using several anesthetic agents, primarily lidocaine and prilocaine. While several studies have used lidocaine, few have used prilocaine....A total of 65 patients who presented at the polyclinic with complaints of lower back pain with lumbar disc herniation (based on physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging) and TPs in the gluteal region were included in this prospective comparative study. Group 1 comprised 30 patients who were given TP injections, a home exercise program, and oral medications, and group 2 comprised 35 patients who were only treated with a home exercise program and oral medications.... We obtained better results with TP injections than only a home exercise program and oral medications in patients with radiculopathy and TPs in the gluteal region." Fr
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bone integrity, cognition, and behavior. Given this widespread role
for estrogen in human physiology, it is not surprising that estrogen is also
implicated in the development or progression of numerous diseases, which
include but are not limited to various types of cancer (breast, ovarian,
colorectal, prostate, endometrial), osteoporosis, neurodegenerative
diseases, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, lupus erythematosus,
endometriosis, and obesity. In many of these diseases, estrogen
mediates its effects through the estrogen receptor (ER), which serves as the
basis for many therapeutic interventions.” Now that we are aware of
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Derry S, Cording M, Wiffen PJ et al. 2016. Pregabalin for pain in fibromyalgia in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 9:CD011790. "Pregabalin 300 to 600 mg produces a major reduction in pain intensity over 12 to 26 weeks with tolerable adverse events for a small proportion of people (about 10% more than placebo) with moderate or severe pain due to fibromyalgia. The degree of pain relief is known to be accompanied by improvements in other symptoms, quality of life, and function. These results are similar to other effective medicines in fibromyalgia (milnacipran, duloxetine)".
Derry S, Wiffen PJ, Hauser W, et al. 2017. Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for fibromyalgia in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. [Mar 27 Epub ahead of print.] "There is only a modest amount of very low-quality evidence about the use of NSAIDs in fibromyalgia, and that comes from small, largely inadequate studies with potential risk of bias. That bias would normally be to increase the apparent benefits of NSAIDs, but no such benefits were seen. Consequently, NSAIDs cannot be regarded as useful for treating fibromyalgia."
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de Tommaso M. 2015. Migraine and fibromyalgia. J Headache Pain. 16(Suppl 1):A45. "Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome of unknown etiology characterized by diffuse pain, sleep disorders, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and a cohort of different symptoms implying comorbidity with diseases with common pathophysiological basis. There is a growing body of evidence that abnormal pain processing at a central level has a role in FM pathogenesis, though recent evidence supports the coexistence of a peripheral nociceptive fibers sufferance. In recent years, clear phenomena of temporal summation of pain (or windup) and central sensitization have been extensively reported. Neurophysiologic methods able to explore the nociceptive afferent system suggest that FM syndrome is heterogeneous, with pain processing dysfunction at both peripheral and central level. Reduced habituation to multimodal and especially painful stimuli characterizes FM, as well as associated conditions, one of the most common is migraine. A genetic dysfunction of ionic channels may possibly explain neuronal abnormalities at both central and peripheral level in FM, opening a new scenario also in the comprehension of pathophysiological basis of associated conditions." Free Article
de Tommaso M, Delussi M, Vecchio E et al. 2014. Sleep features and central sensitization symptoms in primary headache patients. J Headache Pain. 15(1):64. "Association between sleep disorders and headache is largely known. The aim of the present study was to evaluate sleep quality and quantity in a large cohort of primary headache patients, in order to correlate these scores with symptoms of central sensitization as allodynia, pericranial tenderness and comorbidity with diffuse muscle-skeletal pain….One thousand six hundreds and seventy primary headache out patients were submitted to the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) within a clinical assessment, consisting of evaluation of frequency of headache, pericranial tenderness, allodynia and coexistence of fibromyalgia syndrome (FM)….Self reported duration of sleep seems a useful index to be correlated with allodynia, pericranial tenderness and chronic headache as a therapeutic target to be assessed in forthcoming studies aiming to prevent central sensitization symptoms development." Free Article
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, Fernandez-de-Las-Penas C. 2015. Tension Type Headache. Curr Rheumatol Rev. [Dec 30 Epub ahead of print.] "Tension type headache (TTH) is the most common headache and it has been discussed for years without reaching consensus on its pathophysiology, or proper rationale management. This primary headache remains a challenge into its management for clinicians. This review aims to provide an updated and critical discussion on what is currently known and supported by scientific evidence about TTH and which gaps there still may be in our understanding of this condition. Clinical features of TTH resemble common manifestations of muscle referred pain. Episodic TTH may evolve into the chronic form by different aspects and several triggers may be involved at the same time. Both peripheral and central sensitization mechanisms seem to be clearly involved in this process. Individuals with episodic TTH exhibit higher levels of peripheral excitability whereas chronic TTH clearly show central sensitization manifestations. The role of associated muscle hyperalgesia seems to be important factors in TTH. Therapeutic management of individuals with TTH should be multimodal including appropriate use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce the nociceptive peripheral drive to the central nervous system. If properly applied, treatment may not only reduce the number of TTH attacks but may also prevent or delay the transition from episodic to chronic TTH."
de Tommaso M, Sciruicchio V. 2015. Migraine and central sensitization: clinical features, main comorbidities and therapeutic perspectives. Curr Rheumatol Rev. [Dec 30 Epub ahead of print.] "Migraine is a disorder of neuro-vascular origin, being amongst the 20 most disabling disease. Migraine attacks are characterized by severe throbbing headache, associated to nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia…. Abnormal neuronal excitability may subtend altered processing of sensory stimuli, leading to cortical spreading depression and trigeminal activation. A dysfunction of pain modulation enhances central sensitization phenomena, contributing to acute allodynia and headache persistence. The peculiarity of migraine pain facilitates the use of analgesics, and causes an adjunctive invalidating tendency toward drug over-use…. Chronic migraine patients are frequently affected by diffuse pain, framed in fibromyalgia diagnosis. This comorbidity seems to be supported by common pathophysiological mechanisms. It may aggravate migraine invalidity being worth of consideration for therapeutic management….Acute and preventive treatments need to be tailored to single cases. Main comorbidity and factors facilitating central sensitization should be taken into account. The management of migraine patients should include a link between headache centers and general practitioner, in order to provide for a better patient information and treatment just at the onset of the disease….Despite its high epidemiologic impact, migraine is frequently underestimated and destined to evolve into chronic form and drugs abuse. A more focused attention to factors facilitating central sensitization and invalidating comorbidities should reduce the global burden of the disease."
Devine M, Taylor S, Renton T. 2016. Chronic post-surgical pain following the placement of dental implants in the maxilla: A case series. Eur J Oral Implantol. 9(2):179-186. "PURPOSE: To present ten cases of chronic post-surgical neuropathic pain (CPSP) arising after placement of maxillary dental implants, in order to raise awareness of this potential complication of treatment…. Persistent pain after dental implant placement may occur with no apparent organic cause and without any neurosensory deficits. Practitioners must be aware of chronic post-surgical neuropathic pain as a possible complication of implant placement, particularly in patients with a significant medical history. Consideration should be given as to whether these patients are suitable for implant rehabilitation. Patients reporting very severe and prolonged postoperative pain following implant surgery should be considered at risk of CPSP and referred to a specialist in orofacial pain."
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“Neuropathic pain is a complex outcome of multiple pathophysiological
changes that develop in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central
nervous system (CNS) following nerve injury or disease. All or most of
the CNS changes are thought to be due to abnormal signaling from the PNS,
notably electrical hyperexcitability of peripheral sensory neurons.
Because hyperexcitability is associated with abnormal sodium channel
regulation, this process is a prime target for therapeutic intervention.”
de Vries J, Ischebeck BK, Voogt LP et al. 2016. Cervico-ocular reflex is increased in people with nonspecific neck pain. Phys Ther. 96(8):1190-1195. "Neck pain is a widespread complaint. People experiencing neck pain often present an altered timing in contraction of cervical muscles. This altered afferent information elicits the cervico-ocular reflex (COR), which stabilizes the eye in response to trunk-to-head movements. The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) elicited by the vestibulum is thought to be unaffected by afferent information from the cervical spine….The aim of the study was to measure the COR and VOR in people with nonspecific neck pain… This study suggests that people with nonspecific neck pain have an increased COR. The COR is an objective, nonvoluntary eye reflex and an unaltered VOR. This study shows that an increased COR is not restricted to patients with traumatic neck pain. [This is logical if the "nonspecific" neck pain is due to trigger points. It may be very specific indeed. DJS]
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Dhingra L, Perlman DC, Masson C et al. 2015. Longitudinal analysis of pain and illicit drug use behaviors in outpatients on methadone maintenance. Drug Alcohol Depend. 149:285-289. "This one-year longitudinal analysis did not identify a significant association between pain and illicit drug use in MMT populations. This finding conflicts with some earlier investigations and underscores the need for additional studies to clarify the complex association between pain and substance use disorders in patients in MMT program settings." Free Article
Diatchenko L, Fillingim RB, Smith SB et al. 2013. The phenotypic and genetic signatures of common musculoskeletal pain conditions. Nat Rev Rheumatol. [Apr 2 Epub ahead of print].
"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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Diaz-Piedra C, Catena A, Miro E et al. 2013. The impact of pain on anxiety and depression is mediated by objective and subjective sleep characteristics in fibromyalgia patients. Clin J Pain. [Nov 25 Epub ahead of print]. "Subjective poor sleep quality was found in all patients. Pain correlated with subjective and objective sleep parameters, self-efficacy, anxiety, and, marginally, with depression. The mediated regression analysis suggested that the best models to explain the impact of pain on anxiety and depression included, as mediators, subjective sleep quality, objective sleep efficiency and self-efficacy….objective sleep efficiency being the mediator with the highest influence….These findings show a high prevalence of sleep problems in patients with FMS and suggest that they play a role in the relationship between pain and anxiety and depression. In fact, the impact of chronic pain on the later emotional variables was mediated, not only by self-efficacy, but also by subjective sleep quality and, especially, by objective sleep efficiency."
Dibai-Filho AV, Barros MA, de Oliveira AK et al. 2017. Electrical impedance of the torso is associated with the pressure pain threshold on myofascial trigger points in patients with chronic neck pain: A cross-sectional study. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. [Nov 10 Epub ahead of print] "Myofascial trigger points are dysfunctional structures present in skeletal muscles and are related to sensory, motor, and autonomic changes.... Electrical impedance of the torso is associated with the pressure pain threshold of myofascial trigger points on the upper trapezius of individuals with neck pain. Thus, individuals with a lower pressure pain threshold have higher electrical impedance values of the torso and vice versa."
Dibai-Filho AV, de Jesus Guirro RR, Koga Ferreira VT et al. 2018. Analysis of chronic myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle of breast cancer survivors and women with neck pain. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 22(2):237-241. "Myofascial trigger points are present in dysfunctioning muscles and are associated with several diseases....The conclusion of this study was that breast cancer survivors have a higher intensity of myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle when compared to patients with neck pain, which indicates the need for evaluation and a specific intervention for the myofascial dysfunction of these women."
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Di Franco M, Iannuccelli C, Atzeni F et al. 2010. Pharmacological treatment of fibromyalgia. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 28(6 Suppl 63):S110-116. "Various drugs currently are available to control the complex and different symptoms reported by patients. Only three drugs (duloxetine, milnacipram, pregabalin) are approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and none by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA), consequently, off-label use is habitual in Europe. Most of the drugs improve only one or two symptoms; no drug capable of overall symptom control is yet available. Furthermore, different classes of drugs with different mechanisms of action are used off-label, including tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), growth hormone, corticosteroids and sedative hypnotics. As no single drug fully manages FM symptoms, multicomponent therapy should be used from the beginning. Various pharmacological treatments have been used to treat FM with inconclusive results, and gradually increasing low doses is suggested in order to maximize efficacy. The best treatment should be individualized and combined with patient education and non-pharmacological therapy." [It is strongly suggested that all co-existing conditions, including chronic myofascial pain, be identified and treated to decrease pain stimuli and symptom burden. All perpetuating factors of all conditions must be brought under control as much as possible. DJS]
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DiGiusto M, Suleman MI. 2018. Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome in a pediatric patient previously diagnosed with functional abdominal pain: A case report. A A Pract. [Mar 23 Epub ahead of print] "Chronic abdominal pain is common in children and adolescents but challenging to diagnose, because practitioners may be concerned about missing serious occult disease. Abdominal wall pain is an often ignored etiology for chronic abdominal pain. Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome causes abdominal wall pain but is frequently overlooked. Correctly diagnosing patients with anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome is important because nerve block interventions are highly successful in the remittance of pain. Here, we present the case of a pediatric patient who received a diagnosis of functional abdominal pain but experienced pain remittance after receiving a trigger-point injection and transverse abdominis plane block."
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Ding F, O'Donnell J, Xu Q et al. 2016. Changes in the composition of brain interstitial ions control the sleep-wake cycle. Science. 352(6285):550-555. "Wakefulness is driven by the widespread release of neuromodulators by the ascending arousal system. Yet, it is unclear how these substances orchestrate state-dependent, global changes in neuronal activity." The neuromodulators may be driven by the ion channels. This study indicates that the concentration of metallic ions, such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, may be instrumental in getting us to sleep and waking us up. This may provide another promising avenue to address some sleep dysfunctions. A change in sleep state can be imposed in mice by altering the extracellular ion concentrations, independent of nerve activity. [There is also an excellent article on this written for laymen, with a report by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard. She has been involved in glymphatic system research, including the discovery of the glymphatic system. Saey TS. 2016. Ions, not neurons, may oversee sleep. Science News. May 28. DJS]
Ding X, Li Y, Cui Y et al. 2016. [Fibromyalgia syndrome after comprehensive treatment of breast cancer: a case report]. Zhejiang Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 45(4):429-431. [Article in Chinese] "Here we present a case of a 50-year-old female patient, who was admitted to the hospital because of generalized fibromyalgia for 3 months and brain metastasis after the right breast carcinoma surgery for 1 month, and the clinical diagnosis was brain metastasis from breast carcinoma combined with fibromyalgia syndrome. The fibromyalgia (symptoms) were relieved with proper symptomatic treatment but the patient eventually died of tumor progression."
DiNuzzo M, Nedergaard M. 2017. Brain energetics during the sleep-wake cycle. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 47:65-72. "Brain activity during wakefulness is associated with high metabolic rates that are believed to support information processing and memory encoding. In spite of loss of consciousness, sleep still carries a substantial energy cost. Experimental evidence supports a cerebral metabolic shift taking place during sleep that suppresses aerobic glycolysis, a hallmark of environment-oriented waking behavior and synaptic plasticity. Recent studies reveal that glial astrocytes respond to the reduction of wake-promoting neuromodulators by regulating volume, composition and glymphatic drainage of interstitial fluid. These events are accompanied by changes in neuronal discharge patterns, astrocyte-neuron interactions, synaptic transactions and underlying metabolic features. Internally-generated neuronal activity and network homeostasis are proposed to account for the high sleep-related energy demand." Free Article
Di Pierro F, Rossi A, Consensi A et al. 2016. Role for a water-soluble form of CoQ10 in female subjects affected by fibromyalgia. A preliminary study. Clin Exp Rheumatol. [Dec 13 Epub ahead of print.] "Our results show that, compared to a control group, administration of CoQ10 significantly improved most pain-related outcomes by 24-37%, including fatigue (by ~22%) and sleep disturbance (by ~33%). These results confirm the considerable role played by CoQ10 in reducing pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance in subjects affected by fibromyalgia."
Diraçoglu D, Vural M, Karan A et al. 2012. Effectiveness of dry needling for the treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain: A double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled study. J Back Musculoskel Rehabil. 25(4):285-290. "Dry needling appears to be an effective treatment method in relieving the pain and tenderness of myofascial trigger points."
Dirckx M, Groeneweg G, van Daele PL et al. 2013. Mast Cells: A New Target in the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? Pain Pract. [Mar 14 Epub ahead of print]. "There is convincing evidence that inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Besides inflammation, central sensitization is also an important phenomenon. Mast cells are known to be involved in the inflammatory process of CRPS and also play a role (at least partially) in the process of central sensitization. In the development of a more mechanism-based treatment, influencing the activity of mast cells might be important in the treatment of CRPS. We describe the rationale for using medication that counteracts the effects of mast cells in the treatment of CRPS."
Di Stefano G, Celletti C, Baron R et al. 2016. Central sensitization as the mechanism underlying pain in joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type. Eur J Pain. [Feb 26 Epub ahead of print]. "In patients with JHS/EDS-HT, the persistent nociceptive input due to joint abnormalities probably triggers central sensitization in the dorsal horn neurons and causes widespread pain."
Di Tella M, Tesio V, Ghiggia A et al. 2017. Coping strategies and perceived social support in fibromyalgia syndrome: Relationship with alexithymia. Scand J Psychol. [Nov 7 Epub ahead of print] "Regarding coping strategies, FM patients reported higher scores on problem-focused coping, with respect to the other two coping strategies.....the externally-oriented thinking factor of alexithymia significantly explained both problem- and emotion-focused coping, while the difficulty-describing feelings factor of alexithymia proved to be a significant predictor of perceived social support. Only the variance of dysfunctional coping ceased to be uniquely explained by alexithymia (difficulty identifying feelings factor), after controlling for psychological distress, particularly anxiety. These results highlight a negative relationship between alexithymia and both the use of effective coping strategies and the levels of perceived social support in FM patients. An adequate assessment of both alexithymia and psychological distress should therefore be included in clinical practice with these patients." ["Alexithymia" is a term coined by Peter Sifneos in 1973 to describe a state of deficiency in understanding, processing, or describing emotions."]
Di Tommaso Morrison MC, Carinci F, Lessiani G et al. 2017. Fibromyalgia and bipolar disorder: extent of comorbidity and therapeutic implications. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 31(1):17-20. "The reviewed articles showed that an adequate psychiatric screening for BD is recommended in FM patients with depressive symptoms, in order to decrease administration of antidepressants for BD, due to the lack of proven efficacy, and to limit antidepressant-induced mania. Alternative therapies, such as agomelatine, memantine and psychotherapic treatment should be considered."
Dixon EA, Benham G, Sturgeon JA et al. 2016. Development of the Sensory Hypersensitivity Scale (SHS): a self-report tool for assessing sensitivity to sensory stimuli. J Behav Med. [Feb 12 Epub ahead of print]. "Sensory hypersensitivity is one manifestation of the central sensitization that may underlie conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. We conducted five studies designed to develop and validate the Sensory Hypersensitive Scale (SHS)….The SHS appears suitable as a screening measure for sensory hypersensitivity, though additional research is warranted to determine its suitability as a proxy for central sensitization."
Docampo E, Escaramís G, Gratacos M et al. 2014. Genome-wide analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms and copy number variants in fibromyalgia suggest a role for the central nervous system. Pain. 155(6):1102-1109. "Fibromyalgia (FM) is a highly disabling syndrome defined by a low pain threshold and a permanent state of pain. The mechanisms explaining this complex disorder remain unclear, and its genetic factors have not yet been identified. With the aim of elucidating FM genetic susceptibility factors, we selected 313 FM cases having low comorbidities, and we genotyped them on the Illumina 1 million duo array. Genotypic data from 220 control women (Illumina 610k array) was obtained for genome-wide association scan (GWAS) analysis. Copy number variants in FM susceptibility were analyzed by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) experiments on pooled samples using the Agilent 2×400K platform. No single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) reached GWAS association threshold, but 21 of the most associated SNPs were chosen for replication in 952 cases and 644 controls. Four of the SNPs selected for replication showed a nominal association in the joint analysis, and rs11127292 (MYT1L) was found to be associated to FM with low comorbidities (P=4.28×10(-5), odds ratio [95% confidence interval]=0.58 [0.44-0.75]). aCGH detected 5 differentially hybridized regions. They were followed up, and an intronic deletion in NRXN3 was demonstrated to be associated to female cases of FM with low levels of comorbidities (P=.021, odds ratio [95% confidence interval]=1.46 [1.05-2.04]). Both GWAS and aCGH results point to a role for the central nervous system in FM genetic susceptibility. If the proposed FM candidate genes were further validated in replication studies, this would highlight a neurocognitive involvement in agreement with latest reports."
Doerr JM, Fischer S2, Nater UM et al. 2017. Influence of stress systems and physical activity on different dimensions of fatigue in female fibromyalgia patients. J Psychosom Res. 93:55-61. "Fatigue is a defining characteristic and one of the most debilitating features of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). The mechanisms underlying different dimensions of fatigue in FMS remain unclear. The aim of the current study was to test whether stress-related biological processes and physical activity modulate fatigue experience…. Lower increases in cortisol after awakening predicted higher mean daily general and physical fatigue levels. Additionally, mean daily physical activity positively predicted next-day mean general fatigue. Levels of physical fatigue at a specific time point were positively associated with momentary cortisol levels. The increase in cortisol after awakening did not mediate the physical activity - fatigue relationship. There were no associations between alpha-amylase and fatigue…. Our findings imply that both changes in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and physical activity contribute to variance in fatigue in the daily lives of patients with FMS."
Dogan SC, Karadagg A, Durmuş K et al. 2018. Evaluation of allergic rhinitis with nasal symptoms and nasal mucociliary clearance in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. [May 25 Epub ahead of print] "The results we obtained suggest that there is a high possibility of coexistence of FM and AR Allergic rhinitis. As a result, the coexistence of AR and FM cannot be denied but we believe that comprehensive clinical studies should be conducted on this subject."
Doggweiler-Wiygul R. 2004. Urologic
myofascial pain syndromes. Curr Pain Headache Rep.
8(6):445-451. “Treatment of pain of urogenital origin, chronic
pelvic pain syndrome, can be frustrating for patients and
physicians. The usual approaches do not always produce the
desired results. Visceral pain from pelvic organs and
myofascial pain from muscle trigger points share common
characteristics. Referred pain from myofascial trigger points
can mimic visceral pain syndromes and visceral pain syndromes can
induce trigger point development and myofascial pain and
dysfunction. The referred pain syndrome can long outlast the
initial event, making diagnosis difficult.”
Doggweiler-Wiygul R, 2004.
Urological myofascial pain syndromes. Curr Pain Headache Rep
8(6):445-451. It can be difficult to distinguish pain from
visceral organs and pain due to myofascial trigger points that refer to
the same areas. Visceral pain can also be a perpetuating factor of
TrPs, although the TrPs themselves can perpetuate the pain and other
symptoms long after the visceral problem is under control.
Doggweiler-Wiygul R., Wiygul J.P.
Interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain, and the relationship to myofascial pain
and dysfunction: a report on four patients. World J Urol
20(5):310-4. “Referred pain and motor activity to the pelvic floor
muscles (sphincters), as well as to the pelvic organs, can be the sole cause
of IC, IPP, and irritative voiding dysfunction...”
Domany E, Gilad O, Shwarz M et al. 2013. Imperforate hymen presenting as chronic low back pain. Pediatrics. 132(3):e768-770. In some women, the hymen has an insufficient opening to allow the menses to flow. This case report is from the Pediatrics Dept. of B. Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel. "Imperforate hymen in an adolescent usually presents with cyclic abdominal pain or with pelvic mass associated with primary amenorrhea. We present a 13-year-old girl with chronic lower back pain of 6 months' duration as the only complaint. On physical examination, multiple trigger points were detected in the quadratus lumborum and gluteus medius muscles bilaterally….Hymenectomy was performed, with complete resolution of the back pain. Myofascial pain syndrome with a viscerosomatic reflex is a possible explanation for the clinical presentation of our patient."
Domingo T, Blasi J, Casals M et al. 2011. Is interfascial block with ultrasound-guided puncture useful treatment of myofascial pain of the trapezius muscle. Clin J Pain Feb 11 [Epub ahead of print] Interfascial diffusion of local anesthetic may be useful for treating trapezius myofascial pain. Patients experienced significant relief with guided local anesthetic injection into this area. The authors did a cadaver study and found that numerous nerve structures in the interfascial space could be a significant part of pain generation in some patients. [Myofascial TrPs take a while to form. This study may the first using injection of local anesthetic to treat the interfascial area to relieve pain. DJS]
Dommerholt J. 2011. Dry needling - peripheral and central considerations. J Man Manipul Ther. 19(4):223-237. This interesting review was prepared by someone I know and respect as a master of both dry needling and trigger points. I have had discussions on this topic with my co-author, John Sharkey, who fits both of these descriptions as well. This review clarifies many points. One of these is points is that the active or latent status of a TrPs at least partially depends on any degree of co-existing central sensitization. Readers are cautioned that new ultrasound and magnetic resonance elastographic techniques that have proven the existence of TrPs are not available for clinical use, and explains the importance of carefully checking anatomic landmarks to avoid damage of other tissues. Included is a fine overview of the current controversy on dry needling between acupuncturists and physical therapists. It is true that there are some physical therapists who have managed to go through school without learning about TrPs, just as there are acupuncturists who have done the same. Perhaps we are looking too much at titles and too little at specific training. Certainly, an MD, DO or any other title after a name does not qualify someone to perform a TrP injection, although many do. This article contains much food for thought, offered by an eminently qualified writer. DJS
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
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.
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.
Dommerholt J. 2009. Performing arts medicine-instrumentalist
musicians part I-general considerations. J Bodyw Mov Ther
13(4):311-319. This is an excellent paper 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
Dommerholt J. 2009. Performing arts
medicine-instrumentalist musicians part I-general considerations. J
Bodyw Mov Ther 13(4):311-319. This is an excellent paper
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.
Dommerholt, Jan, 2000.
Fibromyalgia: time to consider a new taxonomy? Persons with
fibromyalgia have altered nociception, hyperalgesia, allodynia,
and hypervigilance. The term "fibromyalgia" does not describe the
etiology of the syndrome adequately.
Dommerholt J, Bron C, Frannsen J. 2006.
Myofascial trigger points: An evidence-informed review. J Man Manip
Ther 14(4):203-221. This excellent review includes history,
examination procedures, and a good overview of the evidence-based material
on MTPs. Although it is written for manual therapists, it is worthy
reading for all care providers, including physicians.
Dommerholt J, Finnegan M, Grieve R et al. 2016. A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - January 2016. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 20(1):156-67. Reflecting on the past year, the number of publications on myofascial pain continues to increase in a steady rate. The current review includes 30 basic and clinical studies, case reports, reviews, and reports from fifteen different countries about trigger points (TrP), myofascial pain (MP), dry needling (DN) and other related interventions….In general, the quality of published papers is improving as well. Nevertheless, several papers included in this overview, mention the application of "ischemic compression", which is a questionable concept in the context of TrP inactivation. As we have outlined previously, in the current thinking about myofascial pain, TrPs feature significant hypoxia and a lowered pH (Ballyns et al., 2011; Shah and Gilliams, 2008), and attempts to induce more ischemia would be counterproductive. Already in 1999, Simons, Travell and Simons changed the terminology from ischemic compression to TrP compression (Simons et al., 1999) and we recommend that contemporary researchers and clinicians adopt the new terminology and stop using the term "ischemic compression."
Dommerholt J, Finnegan M, Hooks T et al. 2017. A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - October 2017. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 21(4):902-913. "In this overview of the myofascial pain literature, we have included several original contributions ranging from a study by Bowen and colleagues of trigger points in horses to the introduction of a new clinical entity of "laryngeal muscle myofascial pain syndrome in dysphonic patients." Minerbi and colleagues described for the first time the referred pain patterns of the longus colli muscle, while Casale and associates studied the spinal modulatory action of dry needling or acupuncture stimulation. Many dry needling articles are included in this overview with several recent outcome studies. Slowly, there is increasing scientific support for using dry needling for a variety of conditions. Several researchers explored specific aspects of dry needling, such as needle placements, whether eliciting a local twitch response is desired, and the role of psychological factors in post-needling soreness. Contributions originated in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the USA."
Dommerholt J, Gerwin RD. 2015. A critical evaluation of Quintner et al: Missing the point. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 19(2):193-204. "The objective of this article is to critically analyze a recent publication by Quinter, Bove and Cohen, published in Rheumatology, about myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points (Quintner et al., 2014). The authors concluded that the leading trigger point hypothesis is flawed in reasoning and in science. They claimed to have refuted the trigger point hypothesis. The current paper demonstrates that the Quintner et al. paper is a biased review of the literature replete with unsupported opinions and accusations. In summary, Quintner et al. have not presented any convincing evidence to believe that the Integrated TrP Hypothesis should be laid to rest." [This article proves that the article written by Quintner and company "debunking trigger points", to put it politely, is total nonsense. I wonder how the flawed article by Quintner and co. was published at all. DJS]
Dommerholt J, Grieve R, Hooks T et al. 2015. A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - October 2015. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 19(4):736-746. "The number of publications about myofascial pain and trigger points (TrP) seems to increase every year. In the current overview we include 27 articles published in past months. The Basic Review section includes articles about the presence and characteristics of TrPs in various neck and shoulder muscles, the correlation between referred pain from active TrPs and knee osteoarthritis, and an anatomical study exploring whether the location of TrPs may be related to the nerve innervation of muscles. Zuil-Escobar and colleagues from Spain considered the intra-rater reliability of the identification of latent TrPs in several leg muscles and the possible correlation of TrP and the presence of a lower medial longitudinal arch. In the section on manual approaches, contributing author Rob Grieve and colleagues continue their studies of TrPs in the lower extremity muscles, while Méndez-Rebolledo and colleagues studied the impact of cross taping and compression. Dry needling (DN) continues to be a topic of interest. We included twelve papers addressing a wide range of topics, such as the effectiveness and safety of DN, and the impact of DN on proprioception, spasticity, and fibromyalgia. Two papers investigated the utilization of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and laser on TrPs, The final section on other clinical studies and reviews includes 8 papers. The studies originated in thirteen different countries with Spain leading the charts with 7 contributions to the literature, followed by Brazil with four."
Dommerholt J, Grieve R, Layton M et al. 2015. An evidence-informed review of the current myofascial pain literature - January 2015. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 19(1):126-137. "This article provides an up-to-date review of the most recent publications about myofascial pain, trigger points (TrPs) and other related topics. We have added some commentaries where indicated with supporting references. In the Basic Research section, we reviewed the work by Danish researchers about the influence of latent TrPs and a second study of the presence and distribution of both active and latent TrPs in whiplash-associated disorders. The section on Soft Tissue Approaches considered multiple studies and case reports of the efficacy of myofascial release (MFR), classic and deep muscle massage, fascial techniques, and connective tissue massage. Dry needling (DN) is becoming a common approach and we included multiple studies, reviews, and case reports, while the section on Injection Techniques features an article on TrP injections following mastectomy and several articles about the utilization of botulinum toxin. Lastly, we review several articles on modalities and other clinical approaches."
Dommerholt J, Layton M, Hooks T et al. 2015. A critical overview of current myofascial pain literature - March 2015. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 19(2):337-349. "The second article in this review series considers multiple recent publications about myofascial pain, trigger points (TrPs) and other related topics. The article is divided into several sections, including a Basic Research section (4 articles), a section on Soft Tissue Approaches (5 articles), a Dry Needling and Acupuncture section (7 articles), an Injection section (2 articles), a section on. Modalities (1 article), Other Clinical Approaches (3 articles) and finally a Reviews section (7 articles). The thirty publications reviewed in this article originated in all corners of the world."
Donnelly JM, Palubinskas L. 2007. Prevalence
and inter-rater reliability of trigger points. J Musculoskel Pain
15 (Supp 13):16 item 21. [Myopain 2007 Poster] This research not
only confirmed that practitioners skilled in palpation had excellent
inter-rater reliability for MTPs, but also found that many healthy college
students had taut bands and MTPs. [It would be interesting to follow
these students and find out if these latent MTPs caused restricted range of
motion, if there were one or more perpetuating factors, and if they
activated at a later time. DJS]
Donnelly, J. M. 2002. Physical
therapy approach to fibromyalgia with myofascial trigger points: a case
report. J Musculoskel Pain 10(1/2)177-190.
This report indicates that a well educated and function-oriented
patient coupled with a care provider who is well-trained in the recognition
of fibromyalgia and myofascial
trigger points can work as a team to significantly improve the patient’s
quality of life, improving function and decreasing pain level.
Doorenbos AZ, Gordon DB, Tauben D et al. 2013. A blueprint of pain curriculum across prelicensure health sciences programs: one NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) experience. J Pain. 14(12):1533-1538. "Findings confirm the paucity of pain education across the health sciences curriculum in a CoEPE that serves a large region of the United States. The data provide a pain curriculum blueprint that can be used to recommend added pain content tin health sciences programs across the country."
Doppler K1, Rittner HL, Deckart M et al. 2015. Reduced dermal nerve fiber diameter in skin biopsies of patients with fibromyalgia. Pain. [Jul 7 Epub ahead of print.] "Our study provides further evidence of small fiber pathology in fibromyalgia syndrome and discloses differences compared to small fiber neuropathy, indicating that different pathomechanisms may lead to small fiber loss in the two disorders."
Dor A, Kalichman L. 2017. A myofascial component of pain in knee osteoarthritis. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 21(3):642-647. "The knee is the most common site of OA. Numerous studies have shown an inconsistency between patients' reports of pain and their radiographic findings. This inconsistency may be partially explained by the fact that a portion of the pain originates from the myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) located in the surrounding muscles…. The reviewed observational studies offered initial evidence as to the assumption that myofascial pain and the presence of MTrPs may play a role in pain and disability of knee OA. Because of the cross-sectional design of these studies, the causal relationships could not be established. Additional studies are needed to confirm this assumption as well as to clarify if MTrPs are a portion of OA etiology or that OA is the basis for MTrPs formation. Each interventional study elaborated on various myofascial treatment techniques. However, treatment focusing on MTrPs seems to be effective in reducing pain and improving function in OA patients." [If we treat trigger points promptly, perhaps OA may not even develop. DJS]
Dorey G, Speakman M, Feneley R et al. 2004. Randomized controlled trial of pelvic floor muscle exdercises and manometric biofeedback for erectile dysfunction. Br J Gen Pract 54(508):819-825. Research indicates that pelvic floor exercises and manometric biofeedback are as effective as Viagra for erectile dysfunction.
Doss J, Mo H, Carroll RJ et al. 2016. Phenome-wide association study of rheumatoid arthritis subgroups identifies association between seronegative disease and fibromyalgia. Arthritis Rheumatol. [Sep 2 Epub ahead of print]. Many people with the diagnosis of seronegative RA have FM. Others with seropositive RA may also have FM. [Many doctors erroneously assume FM to be a diagnosis of exclusion, including some who wrote papers included in this review, leading to a skewed representation. DJS]
Dossett ML, Yeh GY. 2018. Homeopathy use in the United States and implications for public health: A review. Homeopathy. 107(1):3-9. "Homeopathy is used by just over 2% of the U.S. population, predominantly for respiratory, otorhinolaryngology, and musculoskeletal complaints.... Data suggest the potential for public health benefit from homeopathy, especially for conditions such as upper respiratory infections and fibromyalgia.
Dotan I, Riesenberg K, Toledano R et al. 2016. Prevalence and characteristics of fibromyalgia among HIV-positive patients in southern Israel. Clin Exp Rheumatol. [Mar 3 Epub ahead of print]. "Despite the dramatic improvement in management of HIV, FMS symptoms remain highly prevalent among these patients and are not directly correlated with indices of active disease. FMS is an important clinical issue to address among patients suffering from HIV infection."
Dreon, D. M., H. A. Fernstrom, P. T. Williams and R. M.
Krauss. 1999. A very low-fat diet is not associated with improved lipoprotein
profiles in men with a predominance of large, low-density lipoproteins. Am J
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Drewes, A. M. , K. D. Kielson, S. J. Taagholt, K. Bjerregard, L.
Svendsen and J. Gade. 1995. Sleep intensity in fibromyalgia: focus on the micro-structure
of the sleep process. Br J Rheumatol 34(7):629-635.
Dreyer L, Kendall S, Danneskiold-Samsoe B et al. 2010. Mortality in a cohort of Danish patients with fibromyalgia - increased suicide, liver disease and cerebrovascular disease. Arthritis Rheum. [Jun 25 Epub ahead of print]. "Among the 1269 female patients, an increased risk of death from suicide SMR=10.5[95%CI: 4.5-20.7], liver cirrhosis/biliary tract disease SMR=6.4[95%CI:2.3-13.9], and cerebrovascular disease SMR=3.1[95%CI:1.1-6.8] was observed. Suicide risk was increased at time of diagnosis and remained after 5 years….No increased cause-specific mortality was observed in the 84 male patients…..The causes of markedly increased rate of suicide in female FM are at present unknown, but may be related to increased rates of lifetime depression, anxiety, and psychiatric disorders. Risk factors for suicide should be sought at time of diagnosis and at follow up. The results also suggest that risk factors for liver disease and cerebrovascular disease should be evaluated in FM patients."
Dromey C, Nissen SL, Roy N et al. 2008. Acticulatory changes
following treatment of muscle tension dysphonia: preliminary acoustic
evidence. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 51(1):196-208.
[This work indicates that manual therapy in the laryngeal muscles may be
helpful in vocal dysfunction. I believe that these authors have
been working on trigger points in the laryngeal muscles without knowing
Drummond PD, Willox M. 2013. Painful effects of auditory startle, forehead cooling and psychological stress in patients with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. J Psychosom Res. 74(5):378-383. "These findings suggest that processes linked with individual differences in distress aggravate pain in rheumatoid arthritis, whereas some other mechanism (e.g., failure of stress-related pain modulation processes or an aberrant interaction between nociceptive afferent and sympathetic efferent fibers) triggers stress-induced pain in fibromyalgia."
Dubousset J. 2003. [Spinal
instrumentation, source of progress, but also revealing pitfalls.]
Bull Acad Natl Med 187(3):523-533. [French] Most
surgeons do not check their patients presurgically for the presence
of biomechanical or soft tissue dysfunctions. Even bone
evaluations are rarely done except supine views. Computer
simulation may help to remedy this lack, and may reduce needless
surgery and minimize failed surgeries.
Duclos M, Gatta B, Corcuff JB et al. 2001.
Fat distribution in obese women is associated with subtle alterations of
the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and sensitivity to
glucocorticoids. Clin Endocrinol 55(4):447-454. [This study
shows another connection between HPA axis dysfunction and abdominal
obesity. Insulin resistance, abdominal obesity and other pieces of
the metabolic syndrome are perpetuating factors of both FMS and
myofascial TrPs. DJS]
Duffield SJ, Miller N, Zhao S et al. 2018. Concomitant fibromyalgia complicating chronic inflammatory arthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Rheumatology (Oxford). May 16. [Epub ahead of print] Fibromyalgia is a common co-existing condition in rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis, can amplify symptoms and affect management.
Dummer JS, Dinges DF.
2005. Neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation. Semin
Neurol. 25(1):117-129. “Recent chronic partial sleep deprivation
experiments, which more closely replicate sleep loss in society, demonstrate
that profound neurocognitive deficits accumulate over time in the face of
subjective adaptation to the sensation of sleepiness. Sleep
deprivation associated with disease-related sleep fragmentation also results
in neurocognitive performance decrements similar to those seen in sleep
Dunn D. 2000. Chronic regional pain syndrome,
type 1: Part I. AORN J. 72(3):422-432, 435-449. Although this
article is on chronic regional pain syndrome, it includes trigger point
injections and other trigger point therapies, indicating the author’s
understanding that TrPs are contributors to many cases of CRPS. DJS]
Dunnett AJ, Roy D, Stewart A et al. 2007. The
diagnosis of fibromyalgia in women may be influenced by menstrual cycle
phase. J Bodywork Move Ther. 11, 99-105. “…sensitivity to
pressure and pain varies over the course of the menstrual cycle, requiring
clinical adjustments in palpation-based diagnostic models and treatment
DuPont, J. S. Jr. DDS. 1999. Trigger Point Identification and
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Duschek S, Montoro CI, Reyes Del Paso GA. 2015. Diminished interoceptive awareness in fibromyalgia syndrome. Behav Med. [Oct 2 Epub ahead of print.] "Sensitivity to signals arising within the body (interoceptive awareness) has been implicated in emotion processing; interindividual differences in interoceptive awareness modulate both subjective and physiological indicators of emotional experience and the regulation of emotion-related behaviors..…Reduced interoceptive awareness may be involved in the affective aspects of FMS pathology. Poor access to bodily signals may restrict patients' ability to integrate these signals during emotional processing, which, by extension, may preclude optimal emotional self-regulation."
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.”
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]
Edwards J. 2005. The importance of
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 RR, Bingham CO 3rd, Bathon J et
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.”
Eftekharsadat B, Babaei-Ghazani A, Zeinolabedinzadeh V. 2016. Dry needling in patients with chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis: A single-blinded randomized clinical trial. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 30:401. eCollection 2016."Despite the insignificant effect on ROMDF (range of motion of ankle joint in dorsiflexion) and ROMPE (plantar extension), trigger point dry needling, by improving the severity of heel pain, can be used as a good alternative option before proceeding to more invasive therapies of plantar fasciitis.
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.
Egloff N1, von Känel R, Müller V et al. 2015. Implications of proposed fibromyalgia criteria across other functional pain syndromes. Scand J Rheumatol. [Jun 16 Epub ahead of print.] "FM according to the ACR 2010 criteria describes the 'severe half' of the spectrum of functional pain syndromes. By dropping the requirement of 'generalized pain', these criteria result in a blurring of the distinction between FM and more localized functional pain syndromes."
Eichling PS, Sahni J. 2005. Menopause related
sleep disorders. J Clin Sleep Med. 1(3):291-300. “The
‘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
sleep disorders including RLS and circadian disorders.”
Eilertsen G, Ormstad H, Kirkevold M et al. 2015. Similarities and differences in the experience of fatigue among people living with fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis and stroke. J Clin Nurs. [Feb 7 Epub ahead of print.] "Fatigue is common to many long-term illnesses, but it has been studied mainly within the context of a single illness; qualitative studies comparing the experience and its impact on daily life across different long-term illnesses are lacking….Fatigue is commonly expressed by patients with long-term illnesses. Variations in experience are related to the type of diagnosis. The disparity between experiences influences how patients managed and adjusted to the conditions of everyday life. The illness-specific characteristics of fatigue warrant increased clinical awareness and may allow professionals to offer adequate information and establish effective methods of managing the condition. The feeling of invisibility and difficulty describing the experience of fatigue in particular highlights this need."
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evaluation of a U.S. cohort. Ann Intern Med.
142(11):881-890. “Gulf War deployment is associated with an
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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Fibromyalgia [FMS], Nitric Oxide [NO] and Insulin: Probable links
between metabolic changes, inflammation and apoptosis: Taxonomy and
description. J Musculoskel Pain 15 (Supp 13):45 item 78.
Insulin modulates inflammation [TNF, cytokines], vasodilatation [NO],
vasoconstriction [ET], energy metabolism, ROS and aptosis. Its role in
FM is probably underestimated.
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J Musculoskel Pain 14(4):5-9. This perceptive editorial provides
charts that may be valuable tools for indicating subsets of FMS, as well as
possible treatment options.
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The use of blood pressure tensiometetry is a new, easier and
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Eken C, Durmaz D, Erol B. 2009.
Successful treatment of a persistent renal colic with trigger point
injection. Am J Emerg. Med. 27(2):252.e3-4. “We present a
case of renal colic successfully treated by trigger point injection that was
refractory to 150 microg fentanyl and 5 mg morphine.”
Elert J, Kendall SA, Larsson B et al.
2001. Chronic pain and difficulty in relaxing postural muscles in
patients with fibromyalgia and chronic whiplash associated disorders.
J Rheumatol 28(6):1361-1368. Some “… groups of patients
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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Elliott R, Burkett B. 2013. Massage therapy as an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 17(3):332-338. "Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common entrapment that causes neuralgia in the median nerve distribution of the hand. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of massage therapy as a treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Within this process, the locations of trigger points that refer neuropathy to the hand were identified. The creation of massage pressure tables provides a means of treatment reproducibility. Twenty-one participants received 30 min. of massage, twice a week, for six weeks. Carpal tunnel questionnaires, the Phalen, Tinel, and two-point discrimination tests provided outcome assessment. The results demonstrated significant…change in symptom severity and functional status from two weeks. Based on this study, the combination of massage and trigger-point therapy is a viable treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome and offers a new treatment approach." [This is yet another study showing that surgery is not to be considered for CTS until all other options have been tried. DJS]
Eloqayli H. 2018. Subcutaneous accessory pain system (SAPS): A novel pain pathway for myofascial trigger points. Med Hypotheses. 111:55-57. "We propose that trigger points have an extra-innervation system that connect them with other spinal structures such as the facet, the annulus and other trigger points with a role for the subcutaneous fascia as part of trigger points pathogenesis or passage for the extra-innervation... Subcutaneous accessory pain system (SAPS)....Individuals with this accessory pathway are prone to myofascial pain, trigger point activation and segmental referred somatic pain similar to other axial spinal structures.... The existing theories about trigger point formation and referred pain is scientifically credible for each separate component and the SAPS novel system can provide the link between the two."
El-Rabbat MS, Mahmoud NK, Gheita TA. 2017. Clinical significance of fibromyalgia syndrome in different rheumatic diseases: Relation to disease activity and quality of life. Reumatol Clin. [Apr 11 Epub ahead of print] [Article in English, Spanish] This study from Egypt found that fibromyalgia was a common coexisting condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and Behçets disease (BD. Patients with the rheumatic disease lus FM had significantly lower quality of life. FM "could be related to the disease activity in RA and BD patients and to thrombosis in SLE and affected the QoL in RA." Free Article
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Development and evaluation of the electromagnetic hypersensitivity
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cardiorespiratory, cold related, locomotor and allergy. This scale
provides “...an index of the type and intensity of the symptoms commonly
experienced by people believing themselves to be EHS and a screening tool
that researchers can use to pre-select the most sensitive individuals...”
Elvin A, Siosteen AK,
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study. Eur J Pain 10(2):137-144. “…muscle ischemia can
contribute to pain in FM, possibly by maintaining the central nervous
changes such as central sensitization/disinhibition. US with contrast
can be a new valuable approach to assess muscle perfusion in pain patients
during standardized exercise.”
Endres S, Shufelt A, Bogduk N. 2016. The risks of continuing or discontinuing anticoagulants for patients undergoing common interventional pain procedures. Pain Med.[Jun 12 Epub ahead of print.] "No complications attributable to anticoagulants were encountered in 4,766 procedures in which anticoagulants were continued. In 2,296 procedures in which anticoagulants were discontinued according to the guidelines, nine patients suffered serious morbidity, including two deaths…. Lumbar transforaminal injections, lumbar medial branch blocks, trigger point injections, and sacroiliac joint blocks appear to be safe in patients who continue anticoagulants. In patients who discontinue anticoagulants, although low (0.2%) the risk of serious complications is not zero, and must be considered when deciding between continuing and discontinuing anticoagulants."
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causation may have serious deletory effects on the patient, and on the
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medically unexplained physical symptoms after toxic environmental
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Perspect 110 Suppl 4:641-647. The adversarial experience when
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physical symptoms, [or care providers who do not understand the cause or
mechanisms of the symptoms DJS] “…may erode patient-provider
trust, test the provider’s issues of compensation, reparation and blame.
These issues may distract patients and providers from therapeutic
Engen DJ, McAllister SJ, Whipple MO et al. 2015. Effects of transdermal magnesium chloride on quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia: a feasibility study. J Integr Med. 13(5):306-313. This (Mayo Clinic) pilot study (24 patients) suggests that transdermal magnesium chloride applied on upper and lower limbs may be beneficial to patients (women) with fibromyalgia.
Engin A. 2017. The definition and prevalence of obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. Adv Exp Med Biol. 960:1-17. "Increase in prevalence of obesity has become a worldwide major health problem in adults, as well as among children and adolescents. Furthermore, total adiposity and truncal subcutaneous fat accumulation during adolescence are positively and independently associated with atherosclerosis at adult ages. Centrally accumulation of body fat is associated with insulin resistance, whereas distribution of body fat in a peripheral pattern is metabolically less important. Obesity is associated with a large decrease in life expectancy. The effect of extreme obesity on mortality is greater among younger than older adults. In this respect, obesity is also associated with increased risk of several cancer types. However, up to 30% of obese patients are metabolically healthy with insulin sensitivity similar to healthy normal weight individuals, lower visceral fat content, and lower intima media thickness of the carotid artery than the majority of metabolically "unhealthy" obese patients. Abdominal obesity is the most frequently observed component of metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome; clustering of abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia and hypertension, is a major public health challenge. The average prevalence of metabolic syndrome is 31%, and is associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and a 1.5-fold increase in the risk of all-cause mortality."
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years old and younger is frequently under-recognized. As compared with
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
and the elderly can have FM too, and these groups are often undiagnosed or
Erbasan F, Cekin Y, Coban DT et al. 2017. The frequency of primary Sjogren's syndrome and fibromyalgia in irritable bowel syndrome. Pak J Med Sci. 33(1):137-141. "The frequency of Sjogren's Syndrome among patients with IBS is relatively higher than the general population. All IBS patients should be questioned for dryness of the mouth and eyes, and if necessary, should be evaluated for SS." Free Article
Erdem HR, Cakit BD, Ozdemirel AE et al. 2012. Fear of falling in patients with cervical myofascial pain syndrome. J Musculoskel Pain. 20(4):257-262. "Patients with cervical MPS suffer from FOF (fear of falling) probably due to balance problems and dizziness." Fear of falling is common in the elderly, and can cause limitations and psychological stress. Vestibular rehabilitation and balance exercises are recommended in myofascial pain patients. [Falling can have serious consequences. TrPs in the cervical area can adversely affect balance and proprioception, so are important to assess and treat, especially in the elderly, as well as possible co-existing vestibular and ocular dysfunctions. DJS]
Ericsson A, Bremell T, Mannerkorpi K. 2013. Usefulness of multiple dimensions of fatigue in fibromyalgia. J Rehabil Med. [Jun 24 Epub ahead of print]. "Dimensions of fatigue, assessed by the MFI-20 (Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory), appear to be valuable in studies of employment, pain intensity, sleep, distress and physical function in women with fibromyalgia. The patients reported higher levels on all fatigue dimensions in comparison with healthy women."
Eriksson EM, Andrén KI, Kurlberg GK et al. 2015. Aspects of the non-pharmacological treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol. 21(40):11439-11449. "Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal conditions…. In this article we present aspects of the pathophysiology and the non-pharmacological treatment of IBS based on current knowledge. Effects of conditioned stress and/or traumatic influences on the emotional system (top-down) as well as effects on the intestine through stressors, infection, inflammation, food and dysbiosis (bottom-up) can affect brain-gut communication and result in dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), playing an important role in the pathophysiology of IBS. Conditioned stress together with dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and the emotional system may involve reactions in which the distress inside the body is not recognized due to low body awareness. This may explain why patients have difficulty identifying their symptoms despite dysfunction in muscle tension, movement patterns, and posture and biochemical functions in addition to gastrointestinal symptoms. IBS shares many features with other idiopathic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and somatoform disorders. The key to effective treatment is a thorough examination, including a gastroenterological examination to exclude other diseases along with an assessment of body awareness by a body-mind therapist. The literature suggests that early interdisciplinary diagnostic co-operation between gastroenterologists and body-mind therapists is necessary. Re-establishing balance in the ANS is an important component of IBS treatment. This article discusses the current knowledge of body-mind treatment, addressing the topic from a practical point of view." Free PMC Article
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Erkan Turan K, Kocabeyoglu S, Unal-Cevik I et al. 2017. Ocular surface alterations in the context of corneal in vivo confocal microscopic characteristics in patients with fibromyalgia. Cornea. [Nov 9 Epub ahead of print] "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that evaluated ocular surface alterations in the context of corneal IVCM (in vivo confocal microscopy characteristics). Patients with FM should be evaluated in terms of ocular surface diseases. IVCM may be used in FM to assess small fiber neuropathy." [Patients were not evaluated for co-existing conditions in this Turkish study. DJS]
Ermis MN, Yildirim D, Durakbasa MO et al. 2011. Medial superior cluneal nerve entrapment neuropathy in military personnel; diagnosis and etiologic factors. J Back Musculoskel Rehabil. 24(3):137-144. "The ultrasonographic examination detected a paravertebral hypoechogenic globular-shaped muscle disorganization associated with lipomatous degeneration exclusively localized to the trigger point in the study group…This prospective study depicts the etiologic factors, ultrasonographic features and treatment protocol of MSCNE (medical superior cluneal nerve entrapment) which is usually an underestimated cause of the low back pain." This is yet another study documenting key TrP involvement in chronic low back pain and nerve entrapment. DJS]
Ernberg M, Lundeberg T, Kopp S. 2000.
Pain and allodynia/hyperalgesia induced by intramuscular injection of
serotonin in patients with fibromyalgia and healthy individuals.
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of healthy female subjects elicits pain and allodynia/hyperalgesia,
while no such responses occur in patients with fibromyalgia.”
Ernst E. 2011. Herbal medicine in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 37(1):95-102. "This article provides a brief overview of the evidence on herbal medicines for 4 common rheumatic conditions: back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis."
Ernst, E. 1998. Does post-exercise massage treatment
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Source of symptoms resembling ulnar neuropathy or C8 radiculopathy.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 67(3):120-122. “Numbness and tingling in
the ring and little fingers (fourth and fifth digits) is usually associated
with a radiculopathy (C8) or compromise of a peripheral nerve (ulnar).
The presence of a trigger point in the teres minor muscle may produce
similar symptoms. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment will save
the patient unnecessary discomfort and reduce the use of sophisticated
Esenyel M, Walsh K, Walden JG et al. 2003. Kinetics of high-heeled
gait. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 93(1):27-32. “Reduced
effectiveness of the ankle plantar flexors during late stance results in
a compensatory enhanced hip flexor “pull-off” that assists in limb
advancement during the stance-to-swing transition. Larger muscle
moments and increased work occur at the hip and knee, which may
predispose long-term wearers of high-heeled shoes to musculoskeletal
pain.” [Janet Travell indicated high heeled shoes, and any
non-flexible soled shoe, can be perpetuating factors of many TrPs. DJS]
Espí-Lopez GV, Ruescas-Nicolau MA, Nova-Redondo C et al. 2018. Effect of soft tissue techniques on headache impact, disability, and quality of life in migraine sufferers: A pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. [Apr 30 Epub ahead of print] "Participants were randomized to receive either combined MTrP therapy and stretching (control group) or the control treatment plus suboccipital soft tissue inhibition (experimental group). Treatment was applied on four occasions over 8 weeks (one every 15 days), with a duration of 30 minutes per session in the experimental group and 20 min in the control group.... Both groups were assessed at baseline and 1 week immediately after the end of treatment....Soft tissue techniques based on MTrP therapy and stretching were helpful for improving certain aspects of migraine, such as the impact and disability caused by the headache, and the frequency and intensity of headache; however, when combined with suboccipital soft tissue inhibition, the treatment effect was larger."
Estevez-Lopez F, Camiletti-Moiron D, Aparicio VA et al. 2018. Identification of candidate genes associated with fibromyalgia susceptibility in southern Spanish women: the al-Andalus project. J Transl Med. 16(1):43. "Candidate-gene studies on fibromyalgia susceptibility often include a small number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which is a limitation. Moreover, there is a paucity of evidence in Europe. Therefore, we compared genotype frequencies of candidate SNPs in a well-characterised sample of Spanish women with fibromyalgia and healthy non-fibromyalgia women....We identified, for the first time, associations of the rs841 (guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase 1 gene) and rs2097903 (catechol-O-methyltransferase gene) SNPs with higher risk of fibromyalgia susceptibility. We also confirmed that the rs1799971 SNP (opioid receptor μ1 gene) might confer genetic risk of fibromyalgia. We did not adjust for multiple comparisons, which would be too stringent and yield to non-significant differences in the genotype frequencies between cases and controls. Our findings may be biologically meaningful and informative, and should be further investigated in other populations. Of particular interest is to replicate the present study in a larger independent sample to confirm or refute our findings. On the other hand, by including 61 SNPs of 33 candidate-genes with a strong rationale (they were previously investigated in relation to fibromyalgia susceptibility, symptoms or potential mechanisms), the present research is the most comprehensive candidate-gene study on fibromyalgia susceptibility to date."
Estevez-Lopez F, Segura-Jimenez V, Álvarez-Gallardo IC et al. 2017. Adaptation profiles comprising objective and subjective measures in fibromyalgia: the al-Ándalus project. Rheumatology (Oxford). [Aug 18 Epub ahead of print] "The aim of this study was to identify (psychological) subgroups in terms of adaptation to FM and to test differences in FM severity between these subgroups….Factor analysis yielded eight factors: three included objective measures (declarative memory, active lifestyle and objective physical fitness) and five included subjective measures (fatigue, psychological distress, catastrophizing, resilience and subjective physical fitness). Cluster analysis based on these eight factors identified five profiles: Adapted (16%), Fit (18%), Poor performer (20%), Positive (20%) and Maladapted (26%). Most profile comparisons revealed different levels of FM severity varying from Adapted (the most favourable profile) to Maladapted (the most unfavourable profile) with Fit, Poor performer and Positive obtaining intermediate positions…. (Psychological) Heterogeneity of FM was shown by five clinically meaningful profiles of modifiable factors that were associated with FM severity. It is of clinical interest to examine whether these profiles are associated with FM prognosis and the effectiveness of interventions, which would enhance the development of customized interventions based on adaptation profiles in FM. [This study from Spain focused on only the psychological aspects of FM, without taking into consideration coexisting conditions. Someone with multiple coexisting conditions including chronic myofascial pain and dysfunction, given little support, may find it more difficult to develop coping mechanisms, and similar factors also need to be taken into account. DJS]
Eugene AR, Masiak J. 2015. The neuroprotective aspects of sleep. MEDtube Sci. 3(1):35-40. "Sleep is an important component of human life, yet many people do not understand the relationship between the brain and the process of sleeping. Sleep has been proven to improve memory recall, regulate metabolism, and reduce mental fatigue. A minimum of 7 hours of daily sleep seems to be necessary for proper cognitive and behavioral function. The emotional and mental handicaps associated with chronic sleep loss as well as the highly hazardous situations which can be contributed to the lack of sleep is a serious concern that people need to be aware of. When one sleeps, the brain reorganizes and recharges itself, and removes toxic waste byproducts which have accumulated throughout the day. This evidence demonstrates that sleeping can clear the brain and help maintain its normal functioning. Multiple studies have been done to determine the effects of total sleep deprivation; more recently some have been conducted to show the effects of sleep restriction, which is a much more common occurrence, have the same effects as total sleep deprivation. Each phase of the sleep cycle restores and rejuvenates the brain for optimal function. When sleep is deprived, the active process of the glymphatic system does not have time to perform that function, so toxins can build up, and the effects will become apparent in cognitive abilities, behavior, and judgment. As a background for this paper we have reviewed literature and research of sleep phases, effects of sleep deprivation, and the glymphatic system of the brain and its restorative effect during the sleep cycle." Free PMC Article
Eva-Maj M, Hans W, Per-Anders F et al. 2013. Experimentally induced deep cervical muscle pain distorts head on trunk orientation. Eur J Appl Physiol. [Jun 29 Epub ahead of print].
"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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reflux and chronic cough. Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol.
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]
Eyigor S, Karapolat H, Korkmaz OK et al. 2009. The frequency of fibromyalgia syndrome and quality of life in hospitalized cancer patients. Eur J Cancer Care 18(2):195-201. [Patients with chronic pain conditions should be evaluated for FM AND for CMP. They are significant additional contributors of pain and dysfunction that need to be considered and managed DJS]