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Stopping the Trial & Error Pain Management Approach

Stopping the Trial & Error Pain Management Approach

Currently, you see your doctor about your pain and he/she prescribes a pill or two and you see what happens.  Does is work?  Great!  Nope, back to the doctor’s office for another round.

Researchers at the University of Michigan want to change all that.  They are looking at brain imaging as a means to identifying what will work for you and what won’t.

NueronsUniversity of Michigan researchers are the first to use brain imaging procedures to track the clinical action of pregabalin, a drug known by the brand name Lyrica® that is prescribed to patients suffering from fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.

Three different brain imaging procedures were performed – proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, functional magnetic resonance imaging and functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging – in 17 patients with fibromyalgia.

Previous research has shown that fibromyalgia patients may have heightened neural activity in a region of the brain involved in processing pain and emotion called the insula, and that this excess activity may be related to elevated levels of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate.

This type of brain activity imaging may help in the development of new pain medicines and personalized chronic pain treatment.

This study shows some real promise and can help reduce the amount of pain and suffering you experience, just trying to find something that works.

To learn more about this study and how it can help, click here to visit sciencedaily.com.

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