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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Drugs to Treat Fibromyalgia Just as Likely to Harm as Help, Review Finds

Among fibromyalgia patients taking either of two commonly prescribed drugs to reduce pain, 22 percent report substantial improvement while 21 percent had to quit the regimen due to unpleasant side effects, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Drugs to treat fibromyalgia just as likely to harm as help, review finds

Using a Quality of Life (QOL) scale for fibromyalgia, the studies reviewed reported QOL ratings lower than 15 on a scale of 0 to 100 even among patients on medications. [That's no surprise to me!]

You might also like: [PDF] The Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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