Fibromyalgic Syndrome is an important public health burden and affects up to 5% of the worldwide population. It requires a complex treatment plan which may in turn affect the patients’ quality of life like antidepressants, anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines. In such scenario emerges the need to find additional therapies. The current pilot randomized-controlled study analyzes the effect of electromagnetic field locally administered as add- on therapy in the treatment of cervico-facial pain in patients with fibromyalgic syndrome. 17 patients were selected and low-frequency electromagnetic field was applied via small patches worn in the neck area, between vertebrae C3-C4. Patients were divided into 2 groups, Treated, receiving the therapy, and Placebo, receiving an identical but not working device, respectively 8 and 9. The whole follow up period was 12 months and facial/cervical pain levels were rated via VAS scale. Significant differences were found between patients who received placebo and those treated. Treated patients showed statistical significant improvements at each time-point in facial/cervical pain, both with respect to the previous one and if compared to placebo. Other symptoms such as joint rigidity, masticatory muscles soreness and fa-tigue, and sleep disorders also reduced. Improvements in patients’ mood additionally emerged. In conclusion, low frequency electromagnetic field emerged beneficial in treating cervico-facial pain in patients with Fibromyalgic syndrome, with general improvements and few side effects.

Chronic facial pain in Fibromyalgia: may ElectroMagnetic Field represent a new promising therapy? A Pilot Randomized-controlled study

Nicoletta Zerman;
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Abstract

Fibromyalgic Syndrome is an important public health burden and affects up to 5% of the worldwide population. It requires a complex treatment plan which may in turn affect the patients’ quality of life like antidepressants, anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines. In such scenario emerges the need to find additional therapies. The current pilot randomized-controlled study analyzes the effect of electromagnetic field locally administered as add- on therapy in the treatment of cervico-facial pain in patients with fibromyalgic syndrome. 17 patients were selected and low-frequency electromagnetic field was applied via small patches worn in the neck area, between vertebrae C3-C4. Patients were divided into 2 groups, Treated, receiving the therapy, and Placebo, receiving an identical but not working device, respectively 8 and 9. The whole follow up period was 12 months and facial/cervical pain levels were rated via VAS scale. Significant differences were found between patients who received placebo and those treated. Treated patients showed statistical significant improvements at each time-point in facial/cervical pain, both with respect to the previous one and if compared to placebo. Other symptoms such as joint rigidity, masticatory muscles soreness and fa-tigue, and sleep disorders also reduced. Improvements in patients’ mood additionally emerged. In conclusion, low frequency electromagnetic field emerged beneficial in treating cervico-facial pain in patients with Fibromyalgic syndrome, with general improvements and few side effects.
chronic facial pain, electromagnetic field, fibromyalgia
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