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6th-Feb-2008 06:18 pm - Antidepressants Don't Ease Back Pain
Peacock
I found this via MedTrackAlert. Emphasis mine:

A new analysis by a non-profit group that evaluates medical research has found that antidepressants don't help relieve back pain. Nearly one in four primary care doctors prescribes antidepressant meds to ease chronic lower back pain. But a review of 10 studies showed that back-pain patients who received antidepressants didn't experience any greater pain relief than patients who were given a placebo. The researchers also found that antidepressant treatment also didn’t curb the back-pain patients' depression.
Click here to read the official writeup.

Posted to painresearch, chronic_pain
25th-Sep-2007 10:17 pm(no subject)
Peacock
Consumer Reports provides a report outlining the fact that anticonvulsant drugs are not the best or most effective choice for bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, or neuralgia, though they are commonly used.

http://www.crbestbuydrugs.org/drugreport_DR_anticonvulsants.shtml

Oddly, after stating that the results are mixed at best, they then list "best buys" for anticonvulsants being used for the above conditions. I have heard that Lyrica works reasonably well; my personal experience with Gabapentin was negative.
16th-Sep-2007 03:27 pm - Thought I'd throw out a study for ya
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Study shows qigong has positive results for firbomylagia

Disabil Rehabil. 2007 Jun 15;:1-9
The effect of Qigong on Fibromyalgia (FMS): A controlled randomized study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17852292&ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
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