THE FUTURE FIBROMYALGIA DRUGS? PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE PREDICTS FOUR DRUG APPROVALS IN COMING YEARS


THE FUTURE FIBROMYALGIA DRUGS?
PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE PREDICTS FOUR DRUG APPROVALS IN COMING YEARS

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Both Sleep and Pain Improved
“Our new analyses of the BESTFIT data show that those patients who reported the greatest improvement in sleep quality were the most likely to experience pain relief,” Seth Lederman, MD, Tonix CEO​
Tonix – the developer of the drug – is moving fast. They reported that their Phase II clinical trial for Tonmya was filled in June of this year and reported results on the trial last month.They’ve already begun final (Phase III) trials.
A former study using EEG indicated the drug was increasing restorative sleep, which in turn was associated with reductions in pain, fatigue and depression. In a good sign for those in really severe pain, the most recent studies tied together pain levels and sleep quality; those FM patients in the most pain received the most improvements in sleep quality.
Dr. Lederman, Tonix CEO, emphasized that the drug is not a sleeping pill; it doesn’t just knock you out – it improves sleep quality.

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Childhood Bad Behavior Linked to Adult Chronic Pain


Researchers have found a significant link between childhood behavioral problems and chronic pain in adulthood. Dr. Dong Pang of Aberdeen University, UK, and colleagues explain that chronic widespread pain affects about 12 percent of adults and can cause disability. It has previously been linked to major events in childhood such as hospitalization after a road accident and separation from mothers. The team used a group of 19,478 participants who were born in a single week in 1958, and followed them through childhood and adulthood.

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Don’t Treat Me Like That: Chronic Pain Sufferers Fear Pharmacists Consider Them ‘Drug Addicts’


It makes a lot of sense, but it’s an area that is a little-known truth: people who suffer from chronic pain have concerns about how they’ll be treated by their healthcare providers. A study by the National Pain Foundation found that more than half (52 percent) of chronic pain sufferers worry that their pharmacist will treat them like a “drug addict.” Another 29 percent expressed concerns that they’ll “be embarrassed by their pharmacist.” Nearly one in five (17 percent) said they’d been treated “poorly or very poorly” by their pharmacist. The survey results, posted on NationalPainReports.com, show that 319 people (80 percent female), completed the survey that was initially distributed to 3,000 chronic pain sufferers. Subjects experienced pain for a wide of reasons, although fibromyalgia was the most commonly reported pain.

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Key 10: Find New Meaning


One of the greatest challenges of chronic illness is coming to terms with grief. While grief is usually associated with the death of a loved one, it can occur after any loss. And chronic illness brings with it many serious losses. We may be forced to give up our job, may lose friends and feel abandoned by family, and may experience loss of control over our bodies and our lives. In sum, we experience the loss of the person we used to be. The pervasiveness of loss presents us with one of our biggest tasks: finding meaning when so much has been taken from us. Working through our grief can produce a double benefit. Not only are we resolving a psychological issue in chronic illness by facing our losses, we may be helping ourselves physically as well. Grieving is associated with the flare-up of symptoms, so resolving feelings of loss can help control symptoms. It may produce even more dramatic effects as well. A recent study of HIV-positive men who had lost a close friend to AIDS found that those men who were able to find meaning in the loss had a significantly lower risk of dying of AIDS themselves in the following several years.

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The Common Threads of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


More than half of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia fit the bill for chronic fatigue syndrome, too. Are they really just the same disease? Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are both illnesses characterized by extreme amounts of fatigue. In fact, the conditions seem to be so intertwined that the medical community continues to debate whether fibromyalgia fatigue is simply a different expression of the same disorder that causes CFS. Statistically, fibromyalgia fatigue occurs in more Americans than chronic fatigue syndrome. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes there are about 5 million people in the United States with fibromyalgia, compared with a little over 1 million people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Still, research has found that the line between fibromyalgia fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome is a very thin one. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 50 to 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also fit the criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Poll: What Clothes are Worst for Fibromyalgia Pain?


Poll Pain Patients: What is one thing you want your family, friends and others to understand or do?