A Nonpharmalogical Approach in Treating Pain Charlotte NC

Read more about A Nonpharmalogical Approach in Treating Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia.

Charles Dana Hershey Jr, MD
(704) 377-5772
PO Box 32861
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Carolinas Med Ctr, Charlotte, Nc
Group Practice: Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants Pa

Data Provided by:
Duke Byron Weeks, MD
(336) 716-4498
1718 E 4th St
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1965

Data Provided by:
Calvin Brian Cameron, MD
(612) 625-4116
200 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Manitoba, Fac Of Med, Winnipeg, Man, Canada
Graduation Year: 1977

Data Provided by:
Leeann M Mc Ginnis, MD
(704) 362-1945
200 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
William Allan Logan, MD
(423) 778-7608
1928 Randolph Rd
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
James David Pearson, MD
(704) 384-4274
200 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1980

Data Provided by:
Darryl Evan Malak, MD
(704) 384-4274
1718 E 4th St Ste 300
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1992

Data Provided by:
Jeffrey Omer Welna, DO
(704) 384-4274
200 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Anesthesiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1982

Data Provided by:
Eugene John Tom
(704) 355-2372
1000 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC
Specialty
Anesthesiology

Data Provided by:
Richard John Pollard
(704) 355-2372
1000 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC
Specialty
Anesthesiology

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

A Nonpharmalogical Approach in Treating Pain

A Nonpharmalogical Approach in Treating Pain Associated with Fibromyalgia.
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Source: J Altern Complement Med
Related Monographs: Fibromyalgia
Natural Health Information that is accurate, objective, science-based and represents the current state of research is the most sought-after information category today. Natural Health Information On Demand, NHIOndemand, is the leading source for this valuable science-based natural health information.
©2000-2009 CCG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

If you find yourself confused about fibromyalgia, you are not alone. Patients, physicians, and researchers alike have been perplexed by this complex condition. Even as few as ten years ago, there was little discussion about this syndrome within the medical community. With the wide array of symptoms associated with it, fibromyalgia was often confused with the symptoms which accompanied it, and consequently was misdiagnosed or thought to be "in the mind." Today science has recognized fibromyalgia as a rheumatic autoimmune disorder affecting between 3 and 6 million Americans each year. What was once thought of a psychosomatic complaint has turned out to be a complex disorder which is only now beginning to be understood.

Several symptoms must be present in order to confirm a fibromyalgia diagnosis. The first is widespread muscle and skeletal pain. Widespread is defined as pain occurring on the right and left sides of the body, above and below the waist, and along the spine. Localized pain also must occur in a majority of identified "tender points" all over the surface of the body. Other general, common symptoms include aching, disturbed sleep patterns, fatigue, morning stiffness, depression, recurrent headaches, tender lymph nodes, bowel or bladder disturbances, sensitivity to heat or cold, anxiety, gastrointestinal disturbances, dizziness, occasional racing heart beats, decreased coordination, and environmental allergies. The presence of certain diseases is also common with a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Three of the most common diseases are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Raynaud's disease, and temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

Several studies have used nonpharmalogical methods in an attempt to treat fibromyalgia with varying results. A recent study used wool clothing and bedding to determine whether it is effective in the management of fibromyalgia. The study included a total of 50 patients with fibromyalgia who were then randomly assigned to one of two groups with 25 patients in each group. The patients included in the treatment group wore woolen underwear that covered their body from the shoulders to the thighs and used woolen bedding for a period of six weeks. The patients were assessed at the beginning of the trial and again at the end of the six weeks. The results revealed that patients in the treatment group reported significant improvements in their symptoms of fibromyalgia. They reported a reduction in pain levels, tender point counts and all scores on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. It appears that the use of wool can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia and could be recommended as a treatment option for alleviating the pain associated with this condition.1

1 Kiyak EK. A new nonpharmacological method in fibromyalgia: the use of wool. J Altern Complement Med. Apr2009;15(4):399-405.

This information is educational in context and is not to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult your licensed health care practitioner before using this or any medical information.
©2000-2009 CCG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.