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Fibromyalgia Best Treated As Inflammatory Disease

Friday 1 June 2018


From Healio Rheumatology:


Fibromyalgia is best understood and treated
as a central inflammatory syndrome,
according to findings presented at CCR 2018.
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Fibromyalgia best treated as inflammatory disease

May 29, 2018
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DESTIN, Fla. — Fibromyalgia is best understood and treated as a central inflammatory syndrome, and rheumatologists should understand that pain is not its primary symptom, according to findings presented at the 2018 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology.

“What I noticed while looking at fibromyalgia and patients with the disease is that while pain is certainly a problem, clearly they are suffering from a lot of other things,” Jarred Younger, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told attendees. “In a lot of cases, pain was not the primary debilitating feature — it was fatigue, or sleep disturbance or cognitive disturbance.

He added that it is possible that fibromyalgia is caused by abnormal cytokine release in the brain.


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