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New Treatment for Pain of Fibromyalgia

The seizure drug Lyrica  (pregabalin), may offer extended pain relief for people with fibromyalgia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lyrica, the first drug to treat fibromyalgia.  Lyrica is also FDA-approved for diabetic nerve pain and nerve pain following shingles. Neuropathic pain,  is often characterized by burning, stabbing, shooting, tingling and/or shock-like sensations. One in five people with diabetes experience painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).

Fibromyalgia patients typically experience long-lasting or chronic pain, as well as muscle stiffness and tenderness.  An estimated 3.7 million Americans are diagnosed with the disorder.

Individuals with fibromyalgia have been shown to experience pain differently from other people. Studies have shown that such patients have decreased pain after taking Lyrica, but, the mechanism by which Lyrica produces such an effect is unknown.

Side effects of the drug “Lyrica” include dizziness, sinusitis, joint pain, anxiety, and sleepiness. LYRICA has been approved in more than 50 countries.

The ideal scenario for chronic disease like fibromyalgia is to find something you can remain on without cumulative side effects.

“It is an exciting opportunity because there is now an FDA approved treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome,” said Dr. Bobby Meador, Baylor rheumatologist. “

Sources for this news piece can be found here and here.

Lady Sharon

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2 Responses to “New Treatment for Pain of Fibromyalgia”

  1. icarecafe says:

    the icarecafe would really like your help with a discussion on Fibromyalgia

    As you many know the icarecafe has been set up to provide a space for patients, carers and their supporters online.

    Some of the members have set up a discussion group on the subject of Fibromyagia. The group has asked lots of questions which are still in the process of being answered. So we thought it appropriate if we invited people from other Fibromyalgia discussion group and blogs to ask if they wished to participate.

    To have a look at the discussions so far please have a look at

    Please do feel free to join in the discussions and to post any information which might be of interest to our members.

    If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch. I’m one of the moderators of the icarecafe and I can be contacted by sending and internal email to my profile.

    Thanks very much in advance for your help!

    Best wishes

    Belinda Shale
    Moderator – the icarecafe

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Belinda,

    We wilcume you to our humble Kingdom. My apologies for not responding sooner. I was away from my writing, as I was not strong enough.

    I think it is wonderful to invite us to visit your website at the icarecafe. We are honored.

    I encourage all those who suffer with pain to explore the resources on the Internet. We learn from one another. So thank you Belinda for sharing this resource.

    As I resume writing I shall visit your Kingdom more thoroughly and see if I can help in any way.

    Please visit us anytime and we thanketh you for your thoughtful message.

    We pray thee peace and thank you for helping those who suffer.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of The Knights of the Pain Table