Placebo Effect Could Ease Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Shows

Placebo Effect Could Ease Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Shows
Patients with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia experience similar pain relief with a placebo as people without chronic pain, a new study indicates. Harnessing the so-called placebo effect, researchers suggest, could be a viable strategy for treating fibromyalgia and other disorders, and for reducing  dependence on pain medications. The study, "Individuals with chronic pain have the same response to placebo analgesia as healthy controls in terms of magnitude and reproducibility," was published in the journal PAIN. The placebo effect is a phenomenon in which a treatment that is demonstrably not effective results in therapeutic benefits. Yet, what causes such effects remains unclear. Placebo effects most often are discussed in the context of clinical trials and other scientific evaluations; to demonstrate efficacy, a potential therapy must be superior to an inactive placebo. Conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis are characterized by chronic pain. Since pain affects e
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