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10/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
Fibromyalgia talk takes place Thursday
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The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend our next free educational presentation, "Treating Fibromyalgia - Is it Just 'All in Your Head'?" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive. Dr. Wayne Bennett, Bennett Clinic, will discuss recent developments and explain successes achieved by treating fibromyalgia with a multi-disciplinary approach. This non-commercial presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to or 778-3747. Visit for a complete schedule.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Paine

@Nancy - not spouting nonsense, rather I am pointing out the treatment guidelines. There are no currently published guidelines that recommend opioid therapy for fibromyalgia. No study demonstrates long term opioid therapy benefits patients with fibromyalgia, several demonstrate that chronic opioid therapy for this condition actually make it worse (hypergelsia and allodynia specifically). As for opioids being safer than other modalities, there is a risk-benefit profile for every medication (you noted a few risks associated with NSAIDs) and opioids are no different - the major risk of opioid therapy is death which certainly affect end organs. Opioids have appropriate place in the management of pain but fibromyalgia is generally not one of those places. Again not nonsense or an uninformed opinion but a reiteration of the treatment guidelines. I recommend any interested party review the guidelines through any of the fibromyalgia groups or through the national guidelines clearinghouse run by AHRQ.

Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Article comment by: Nancy Klausen

@Thomas Paine, I truly hope you never suffer the excruciating pain of Fibromyalgia, I truly do. But I also wish that people who do not suffer from chronic pain would please, PLEASE refrain from spouting their nonsense in public fora. You have absolutely no idea the agony I and others like me have gone through before finally, reluctantly resorting to pain medication, only to find that this was the answer all along. Yes, I have to avoid certain foods, and I do. Yes, I must get out and move, and I do. But all of the non-opiate treatment options combined failed to do what my medications do: allow me to work and contribute to my community. For the record, opiates such as morphine sulfate (those that do not contain NSAIDs) are not end-organ toxic. That is correct. Aside from the obvious risks, opiates in and of themselves are not harmful to the human body. Unlike NSAIDs, which have a horrible record of patient death and iatrogenic (medicine-caused) effects. In fact, the human brain manufactures substances called endorphins, which are chemically quite close to opiates. No one is arguing that opiates carry no risks, but they absolutely have their place in treating many chronic conditions, including Fibromyalgia.

Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Article comment by: Thomas Paine

I am pleased to see that a presentation on this disorder is being presented. I am somewhat concerned however that Dr. Bennett's website is so disparaging of "traditional medicine". Specifically, anyone who reviews the treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia will quickly see that use of pain relievers in the form of narcotics is not indicated, rather treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy, anti-depressants, and physical activity is recommended. Similarly, treatment of acute low back pain in most cases is treated with physical therapy (yes including chiropractic care) and NSAIDs for a short period of time in traditional medical care, not bed rest and opioids as his website suggests. I hope that Dr. Bennett will address the current treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia in his presentation and help educate those with this disorder that pain killers are not the answer, but that a multi-modal approach can help much more.

Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo


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