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Fibromyalgia study focuses on brain stimulation to fight pain

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A study currently being done at the University of Cincinnati is focusing on the connection between brain stimulation and pain. Researchers hope the Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation (RINCE) therapy will produce positive results for fibromyalgia patients. The research trial is part of a bigger project to discover if brain stimulation can be a useful treatment plan for fibromyalgia.


One of the most common symptoms in fibromyalgia is chronic pain that is widespread and affects multiple areas of the body. Some researchers have suggested that brain activity plays a role in this condition, so brain stimulation may provide clues that help treatment. Researchers in the United States and Europe are investigating the use of new technology as potential therapy.

The University of Cincinnati is conducting a research trial by using the Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation method on patients with fibromyalgia. Scientists are putting electrodes on specific parts of the head without the need for any type of surgery or cutting. The patients do not feel any pain during these procedures and are receiving the treatments two times a week. The researchers point out that the entire process only takes 11 minutes, but they hope the results will be long-lasting.

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It is too early in the clinical trial to discuss data or how patients are responding to the treatments. However, there have not been any issues or complaints. The University of Cincinnati is part of a larger national project meant to collect information about brain stimulation and fibromyalgia, so the final results will be combined at a later date. However, previous studies have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation showed potential in reducing fibromyalgia pain with patients reporting that they felt better. Scientists hope the RINCE therapy can also provide a treatment alternative to reduce pain.

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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) uses a tiny, imperceptible amount of electricity from a portable stimulator via sponge electrodes to relieve psychiatric, neurological and chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia, migraine and neuropathy. Twice as effective as medications, tDCS has no side effects and with appropriate training can be self-administered at home. tDCS is available at the Brain Stimulation Clinic in Atlanta.
I suffer from chronic fatigue, Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia and its getting worse as time goes on. Taking pain meds and Neproxen for inflammation from Tennis elbow in both arms. Only 47 and my quality of life is not good.... Help
Have you been properly tested for autoimmune diseases like Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, RA, scleroderma, celiac disease, or autoimmune thyroiditis? Many autoimmune diseases can directly cause or are linked in some way to neuropathy, fibro, and chronic fatique. Also, certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies or excesses can be linked to the symptoms you experience. Get your iron, ferritin, vit D. B1,B2,B6, and B6 checked. Have a doc check hormones too, especially your thyroid.
I would love more information on this. I just came back from mayo an I feel lost at what to do to slow my pain down. I can't seem to walk a block without being down in bed for a day or two . Something has to help.
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Yes, I would love to read any new comments or any new findings. Thank you so much!
I am a 60 year old active lpn working for Consulate of Melbourne in Florida..none of the upper management has consideration for my disability..please send me updates on dealing with chronic pain..I have 5 more years to work..thank you!
I have fibromyalgia and Complex regional pain syndrome l, the pain and fatigue are crippling I am being further tested for MS and Parkinson's as my symptoms are definitely progressing, any new information will be gratefully received.
I suffer from this but it will be too late when this treatment arrives in traditional Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures.