A New Way To Treat Fibromyalgia

03.01.12 | Bob Price

Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine will evaluate the combination of a drug and behavioral health treatments hoping to ease the chronic, widespread pain of fibromyalgia.

"Overall, current treatments for fibromyalgia are only partially effective,"

Said Robert H. Dworkin, Professor in U of R’s Department of Anesthesiology.

"Our hope is that by combining two treatments, either more will benefit or get pain that goes down to 1 or 2 rather than 5 out of 10," Dworkin said.

The university will start recruiting patients for the study in a few months.

A $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fuel the project.