Monday, 16 Dec 2019


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12 Nov 2019 Social RT @EBRheum: #ACR19 Year in Review: Dr. Manzi Re: Medical Cannabis - "Bottom line is that it's here and our patients are ordering it off…
12 Nov 2019 Social RT @synovialjoints: Quote of the day from David Borenstein at #ACR19 “Low back and neck pain are second only to the cold the most common af…
12 Nov 2019 Social RT @_connectedcare: How the immersive, perception changing VR seems to change pain experience #ACR19 @rheumnow 5T027…
11 Nov 2019 Social RT @MaeveGamble: Abstr#1759: 64 pts randomized to either MTX 10mg or PBO. Evolution of pain b/w 2 groups no different. Function no differen…
11 Nov 2019 ACR Video Fibromyalgia Treatments: Dr. Philip Robinson
10 Nov 2019 Social RT @philipcrobinson: One thing that Dan Clauw pointed out in his #fibromyalgia talk was that legalising cannabis in a state leads to dramat…
30 Oct 2019 Social Study of 114 Fibromyalgia pts finds reduced intraepidermal nerve fiber density - 63% in FM; but only 10-18%, of controls (p < 0.001). Such pts had more abnl EMG, higher pain intensity, paraesthesias. Small fiber neuropathy in FM - is it real?
10 Sep 2019 Social Opioid related deaths in the USA are more than 400,000. Australia has a similar opioid crisis with opioid-related deaths jumped from 439 (2006) to 1,119 in 2016 — a rise of 2.2 to 4.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
08 Aug 2019 Social Patients w/ pain, fatigue & myalgias should be #FM; but rarely could be Macrophagic myofasciitis -- rare myopathy manifest as "algias", weakness, fatigue, fever, & muscle tenderness. Dx by biopsy of vaccinated muscle showing PAS+ macrophages w/ aluminum
24 Jul 2019 Social FDA approves generic pregabalin (Lyrica) - for the management of fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain in diabetic neuropathy, and for postherpetic neuralgia or partial onset seizures & neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury.
17 Jul 2019 News A Potential Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients
11 Jul 2019 News NIH Conference Review of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
08 Jul 2019 Social Survey of 1000 customers of two adult-use cannabis retail stores in Colorado shows that 65% of adults use cannabis to relieve pain & 74% use it to promote sleep. Over 80% said that cannabis was very or extremely helpful for pain or sleep.
25 Jun 2019 News Study Looks at Opioid Use After Knee Surgery
19 Jun 2019 Social A survey of 900 Danish rheumatic dz pts shows that 1 in 10 with pain have considered suicide in the last 4 weeks and that this was strongly influenced by poor quality sleep. #EULAR2019 OP0347
30 May 2019 Social 184 juvenile Fibromyalga pts randomized to PBO or duloxetine (30-->60mg/d) for 13wks. Those on duloxetine failed the primary endpoint - mean 24 hr change in Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), but more Cymbalt pts had 30% nd 50% BPI reductions
28 May 2019 Social Lyrica is FDA approved for FM, Neuopathy & adjunctive Rx for partial-onset seizures; but recently failed to meet primary endpoint in a phase III RCT to prevent primary gen tonic-clonic seizures.- but is continuing to develop it for pediatric epilepsy.
14 May 2019 Social overall prevalence of low back pain among US workers is 26.4%, with 5.6% having severe LBP, according to May 14th Annals of Internal Medicine.
09 May 2019 News Gabapentinoid Drugs Overuse and Misuse
09 May 2019 Social 23 pts with Fibromyalgia were compared to non-diabetic Framingham and NHANES cohorts and shown to have significantly higher Hgb-A1c levels; suggesting insulin resistence in FM. 16 pts were given metformin and 50% had complete pain resolution (=0)