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Donald Deering, PhD
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
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THE FACTS ABOUT Fibromyalgia

Background

Millions of Americans are affected by Fibromyalgia – a
condition characterized by widespread chronic pain, fatigue,
and sleep problems. While no one knows the exact cause of
Fibromyalgia, evidence shows that people with this condition
may be more sensitive to pain because something is wrong with
the brain’s usual pain perception process.
 
Although Fibromyalgia can be debilitating for some people,
it is not degenerative or life threatening and you can manage
your symptoms and improve your quality of life with
professional and self-care. While there is no cure for
Fibromyalgia, a variety of medications and treatments can
help control symptoms.
 

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SYMPTOMS
“The pain associated with Fibromyalgia often is described as
a constant dull ache, typically originating from the muscles”,
says Donald Deering, PhD, a St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO)
Clinical Researcher. “The condition is also characterized by
additional pain when firm pressure is applied to specific areas
of your body, called tender points.” Tender points can be
located in various areas of your body. Fibromyalgia also often
causes people to awaken tired, even though they report sleeping
for long periods of time. Sleep is frequently disrupted by pain
and many patients with Fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders.

TREATMENT
In general, treatment for Fibromyalgia includes both medication
and self-care. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and
improving general health. Medical Researchers have shown that
Fibromyalgia can be treated and Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
approved treatments now exist for this condition. A clinical study
evaluating a new and experimental device to treat Fibromyalgia is
being conducted at SJMO. According to Dr. Deering the medical
device is called NeuroPoint® and the study is designed to test
this non-drug treatment. NeuroPoint® delivers gentle stimulation
to specific areas in the brain that are believed to be involved
in abnormal pain processing. It is non-invasive, painless and does
not cause discomfort.



Call Us For Eligibility
If you are between the ages of 22 and 65 and are interested in a
clinical study to reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia,
please call 248-254-6480, or visit neuropointstudy.com
to learn more and find out if you qualify.
For a referral to an SJMO physician, call 1-800-372-6094.

 

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