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US Doctor Discovers Promising Pain Relief For Fibromyalgia Patients

Thursday 20 June 2019


From US TV station KPRC 2 Click2Houston:


Treating Fibromyalgia

UTMB doctor discovers promising pain relief for fibromyalgia patients

By Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter
June 13, 2019
© 2019 is managed by Graham Digital and published by Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings.

HOUSTON - 10 million Americans, mostly women, are suffering from fibromyalgia. Patients often endure years of surgeries and medications like opioids without much relief to their full-body pain symptoms. Therefore, there’s been a big push to help identify and cure the illness.

Ohio State University is working on a blood test to verify this is a cause of chronic

Meanwhile, a UTMB doctor thinks he's made a discovery that could also treat it.

UTMB Dr. Miguel Pappolla, professor of Neurology, said fibromyalgia pain is often associated with some neuropathy pain. Neuropathy pain is also commonly found in patients with a high Hemoglobin A1c.

Hemoglobin A1c is how pre-diabetes and diabetes are determined. It is treated with insulin resistant drugs like Metformin. Pappolla noticed his patients with fibromyalgia had improvements with pain when taking that same drug!

“People with insulin resistance can develop a form of neuropathy called small fiber neuropathy. Small fiber neuropathy independent of our finding has also been related to fibromyalgia and some research teams think that this form of neuropathy may contribute to the pain that people with fibromyalgia have,” Pappolla said.

He said when his patients with a high Hemoglobin A1c are given metformin, they have decreased pain.

He said this doesn't mean people with fibromyalgia also have insulin resistance, but there are some correlations that need more investigation.



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