Do you want to know why clinical trials for fibromyalgia are so important? This medical condition remains shrouded in much mystery and there is still no cure for those who are diagnosed. Clinical trials have helped experts make critical breakthroughs in the fields of neuroscience and rheumatology which are paving the way for even better fibromyalgia treatments.
Although mysterious, there is no mystery concerning the severeness of this condition. People living with fibromyalgia can suffer from many symptoms ranging from chronic pain and fatigue to rashes on the skin. Despite what we have learned about this illness, experts can’t seem to figure out exactly what causes it. Many theorize that the disorder clinically exacerbates how the body experiences pain by altering the brain’s ability to process pain signals.
A Few Facts About Fibromyalgia
- It’s extremely difficult to diagnose this disorder based on symptoms
- 90% of fibro patients suffer from chronic fatigue and/or other sleep disorders
- Fibromyalgia can be a primary or secondary condition
- At least 12 million Americans are living with this medical condition
- Significantly more women have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia
This chronic disorder causes such a wide range of symptoms that doctors often misdiagnose patients at first. While we still have not pinpointed the exact cause, many patients start to exhibit symptoms following specific events such as a/an:
- Physical trauma
- Surgical procedure
- Serious psychological episode
Long-term studies have also shown that it’s just as common for patients to develop these symptoms over several years– thus not being connected to any single event. In either case, it would seem that no two fibro patients ever exhibit the exact same set of indications.
Oddly, this disease seems to affect a lot more women than men. There are several theories to explain this significant difference, but as it stands women between 25 and 60 years old are 10 times more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia.
Those living with fibromyalgia may also suffer other complicating conditions such as:
- Tension headaches
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Since there is no cure for fibromyalgia, patients and their doctors will work together to develop a treatment plan that is formatted specifically for them. This often involves establishing a healthy balance between their medications and healthier lifestyle habits, such as:
- Regular exercise
- A healthy diet (check out this post about eating with fibromyalgia)
- Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques
Fibromyalgia Tender Points
Most people living with fibromyalgia have tender areas at specific points around their body. These are localized tender points which will produce tremendous amounts of pain when even a slight amount of pressure is applied.
These tender spots are usually superficial, as if they were located just beneath the skin. It’s the same even if they happen to be located close to the joints. Tender points often manifest around the:
If you are interested in taking part in a fibromyalgia clinical trial, then you should know that this represents a very important commitment. Taking part in a clinical trial in Birmingham, AL may only require agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results, but most will involve more than that. Please see our participant’s resource section if you have more questions.
Participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
Fibromyalgia Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL
Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our fibromyalgia clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
Educational Video on Fibromyalgia
Additional Resources for Patients with Fibromyalgia
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a fibromyalgia clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts fibromyalgia clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.