Howdy, friends!! Awhile ago, I received a very interesting article about fibromyalgia and cancer pain management that I thought would be a good read for those afflicted with these ailments. The article was provided to me by Jillian McKee and I thank her for such a nicely written article and for sharing it on my lil' ole' blog! Thank you again, Jillian and for being so patient while I was ill and couldn't blog for awhile. Here is her article. Please let us know what YOU think!
Fibromyalgia and Cancer Pain Management
research studies suggest that fibromyalgia patients may have an
increased risk of developing cancer, the common denominator of which
appears to be chronic musculoskeletal pain. According to a paper
published in the Journal of Rheumatology
in January 2007, there was an increased cancer risk in patients
referred to the hospital for suspected fibromyalgia. Similarly, a 2009
paper published in Rheumatology found that musculoskeletal pain is
associated with a long-term increased risk for cancer. While there is no
established causal relationship between fibromyalgia and cancers such
and others, in 2004, Dr. Gary J. McFarlane of the University of
Manchester discovered a greater incidence of subsequent cancer in
patients with chronic widespread pain, and that these individuals were
80% more likely to die after being diagnosed with malignancy than those
without a history of chronic pain.
pain is not well understood by the general public and the intense,
widespread pain of fibromyalgia, including pain around the lungs, a
condition identified as costochondritis, remains especially mysterious
to those unaffected. The pain of costochondritis is similar to the pain
of mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. Because both
conditions are considered orphan diseases, pharmaceutical companies
don't consider the research and development of drugs to treat them to be
cost effective. In early stages of both of these conditions, taking
NSAIDs remains the prescribed treatment. Opioids are prescribed when the
pain becomes intolerable. Holistic treatment methods for chronic pain
associated with fibromyalgia and cancers such as mesothelioma include
acupuncture, specific breathing techniques and relaxation. The mesothelioma life expectancy
rate varies depending on the individual with a reported mean average of
4-18 months. Life expectancy among fibromyalgia patients appears to be
nearly the same as the general public with some exceptions, such as in
patients who also develop cancer.
for five years or 50, however, successful chronic pain management
drastically improves quality of life. Drugs such as Cymbalta or
Neurontin can effectively manage pain for some patients, while others
will need to resort to strong narcotics including oxycodone and
hydrocodone. Due to their addictive qualities, however, caution should
be used when taking narcotics for long periods of time, making other
pain management techniques more attractive for long-term chronic pain.
Developing more holistic approaches to pain management early on can lead
to better effectiveness in late-stage disease.
FibromyWHAT? by Melissa Schranz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.