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Fibromyalgia patients benefit from electronic monitoring

February 4, 2011
Daily recording of fibromyalgia symptoms on electronic devices led to better monitoring of the condition, according to a recent issue of The Journal of Pain.

Researchers at the University of Utah and the University of Washington asked 81 women with fibromyalgia to record their levels of pain, sleep problems, emotional distress and other symptoms three times a day on personal digital assistant (PDA) devices the research team provided them.

The study, which continued for 30 days, showed that having the ability to analyze several measures of multiple symptoms over time may help doctors and their patients understand the relationship of the symptoms. For instance, the researchers stated, previous pain is a predictor of fatigue and emotional distress, while fatigue may precede pain and emotional distress may predict fatigue.

Within the North Shore-LIJ Health System's Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience, fibromyalgia is one of the medical conditions treated within a collaborative program that consider physical and emotional aspects of pain. The institute focuses on restoring functions that have been lost to pain and provides specialized centers to help patients manage their pain appropriately.
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