Popular Nerve Pain Medicine Has Little Effect On Back Pain

A popularly used drug for nerve pain may not work

Popular Nerve Pain Medicine Has Little Effect On Back Pain.
Sonja Elmquist writing in Bloomberg News reported that Pfizer Inc.’s best-selling drug, Lyrica (pregabalin), “didn’t help patients with the most common cause of back pain,” severe lumbar spinal stenosis, “any more than a placebo in a small study.” The study’s findings, published in the journal Neurology, casts “doubt on the potential for doctors to expand the medication’s use.” The FDA “has not approved the drug’s use for spinal stenosis,” but Lyrica “and similar medicines are often used to treat lower back pain.”

Comment: I don’t use Lyrica for back pain. It is helpful for peripheral neuropathy and shingles pain though.

When do most gout attacks occur? The answer next…
Gout Attacks May Be More Likely At Night.
Robert Preidt writing in HealthDay reported that a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology finds that “acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day.” The study included over 700 patients with gout. Possible reasons include “lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels.”

Comment: This is actually not news. For years we’ve known most gout attacks occur at night or in the early morning.

Does Lyme Disease trigger fibromyalgia? The answer next…

Lyme disease does not appear to trigger fibromyalgia
Wayne Kuznar writing in MedPage Today reported Lyme disease is not a trigger for fibromyalgia, according to a long-term assessment of patients with culture-confirmed Lyme disease.
The prevalence of fibromyalgia among patients with culture-confirmed Lyme disease who were followed at the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center in Westchester County, N.Y., for up to 20 years was no greater than that in the general population, say investigators at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., led by Gary Wormser, MD.
Comment: That has not been my experience. I have a number of fibromyalgia patients who had previously had Lyme disease.

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