Fibromyalgia Pain Symptoms Improve with Reduction of Blood Inflammatory Markers, Study Shows

Fibromyalgia Pain Symptoms Improve with Reduction of Blood Inflammatory Markers, Study Shows
Fibromyalgia (FM) patients treated with a low dose of Revia/Vivitrol (naltrexone) showed improved pain symptoms, a pilot study found. These patients also experienced significantly reduced inflammatory markers in their blood. The results, which addressed the use of Revia/Vivitrol in eight women with FM, were reported in a study titled, “Reduced Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines after Eight Weeks of Low-Dose Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia,” published in the journal Biomedicines. FM is not a classical inflammatory or immune-mediated condition, but the immune system is thought to be involved in the disease’s development. Revia/Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors and inhibits inflammation in patients with Crohn’s disease patients. The research team investigated the impact of this medication in blood inflammatory markers in FM patients. The team recruited women aged 18 to 65 (average age of 46) with a diagnosis of FM, according to the American College of Rheumatology 2010 diagnostic criteria. Researchers studied the women during two weeks before treatment to define a reference baseline. After this period, each participant self-administered a low dose of Revia/Vivitrol (4.5 mg), ta
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  1. Alison says:

    I have been using this for one week now. I know it is early days, but I have to say I do feel better. Like a weight has been lifted off my back, and I also feel calmer. Here’s hoping ?

  2. Caroline Carlson says:

    I am suffering tremendously and cannot find a doctor who will give me pain medication. My daily pain level is never below a 7. Most of the time I am at a 9 or 10. What do I do? Where can I find help?

    • Kathy says:

      Where are you from Caroline? I’m from Canada. I may be able to give you some insight on places for referrals to a PCP.

  3. Lori says:

    I have been taking low dose naltrexone (that is what it is really called) for almost 6 years. It has totally changed my life. I am able to function and my flares are like what my daily days used to be. I could not live without LDN. Look up the FB page LDN and Fibromyalgia. They give you lots of information

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