Navigation Links
Study Suggests Exercise May Help Memory of Fibromyalgia Patients
Date:11/13/2011

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Fibromyalgia patients who stopped taking medication and then exercised regularly for six weeks reported improved memory function and less pain, according to a small, new study.

While the finding is encouraging, it does not suggest a potential change in clinical care for fibromyalgia patients, the study authors stressed.

Senior author Dr. Brian Walitt, director of the Fibromyalgia Evaluation and Research Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, is scheduled to present the findings Sunday with co-researcher, Manish Khatiwada, at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder marked by widespread pain, fatigue, sleep and cognitive problems. It has no apparent cause and the pain is real, Walitt said, and likely originates from the central nervous system. It typically affects women more than men.

Exercise has long been recommended to fibromyalgia patients, and some find it improves their sense of well-being. "This is a first look at understanding how exercise alters memory performance," Walitt said of the study.

For the trial, nine women received a baseline brain image called a functional MRI test. They were also given tests to assess their working memory and asked about their well-being and pain while on medication. The memory tests involved reading back a sequence of letters at various times after learning them.

Next, the women stopped their medication for a six-week ''washout'' period. Then they had a second round of fMRIs and tests. Then they started a six-week supervised aerobic exercise program, consisting of three 30-minute sessions a week.

"When we took people off the medicine, they performed worse on the tests," Walitt said. But, he added, "As they stayed off the medications for a period of time and exercised, their cognitive performance returned to normal levels [the same as at the start of the study]," he said.

The finding potentially suggests that exercise may lead to improvement in the network of brain areas that are recruited for working memory to function.

"In some ways it is concerning," Walitt said. "One would have hoped that exercise would have made them better [at the memory test]."

Wallit isn't sure what the findings might mean for real-life situations. "It may be if you have a more efficient brain, doing real-life tasks will be better."

While more study is needed, Walitt said that "overall, exercise seems to be a beneficial thing for fibromyalgia patients, in terms of overall well-being. If you can exercise and make it work for you, that's great."

However, he noted, some people with the condition can't tolerate exercise. Working out "is not going to be the answer for everybody and it's not going to fix anybody," he said.

While the study has some flaws, it's basically encouraging for those with the condition, said Dr. I. Jon Russell, a San Antonio fibromyalgia researcher and consultant, and retired professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

He thought the amount of time spent off medication during the study should have been longer before repeat testing. But, he said, "the most encouraging thing about this study is that fibromyalgia is continuing to be investigated."

"We have many reasons to believe that aerobic exercise is good for our patients. This study gives some support [to that idea]," Russell said. However, "We shouldn't over-interpret that exercise is the answer."

If patients can and do exercise, he said, "It's likely they will experience additional benefits."

Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary since it has not undergone the scrutiny required of studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

More information

For more on fibromyalgia, visit the American Chronic Pain Association.

SOURCES: Brian Walitt, M.D., M.P.H., director, Fibromyalgia Evaluation and Research Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., fibromyalgia researcher and consultant, San Antonio, Texas; Nov. 13, 2011, presentation, Society of Neuroscience annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
2. American Council on Exercise (ACE) Study Reveals Kettlebells Provide Powerful Workout in Short Amount of Time
3. TV drama can be more persuasive than news program, study finds
4. Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles
5. Neuroimaging study may pave way for effective Alzheimers treatments
6. Study finds racial gaps continue in heart disease awareness
7. Luth Researchs IndicatorEDG(TM) Study Finds Americans Hopes of Achieving Their Dreams Are Fading
8. First blinded study of venous insufficiency prevalence in MS shows promising results
9. Soothing infants with food focus of childhood obesity study
10. People with anxiety disorder less able to regulate response to negative emotions, study shows
11. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... 30, 2017 , ... The Aresty Institute of Executive Education ... to address the increasingly complex educational needs of today's global executives. Corporate ... corporate finance and will increase their ability to confidently take action in ways ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... Durham, NC (PRWEB) , ... March 30, 2017 ... ... professionals, will host the live audio conference “ Preventing Hospital Readmissions Through Discharge ... April 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET. This conference discusses strategies to prevent ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... In the United States alone, up ... year develop other types of metastatic brain tumors(3). Though most meningiomas are benign, metastatic ... focus on finding more effective treatment options, the San Diego Gamma Knife Center ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , ... March 30, 2017 , ... CHARM CITY RUN ... Run has announced that Mercy Medical Center will serve as the official title sponsor ... region. On Sunday, June 25, 2017, thousands of women will walk or run the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Wells Pharmacy Network, a proud ... the upcoming World Congress, in Hollywood Florida April 6-8, 2017. , Ben David, ... visionary leader in the training of physicians, scientists, and members of the public ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... 2017  The leader in accelerated orthodontics, OrthoAccel ® ... Daher , Manal Ibrahim , Kenji Ojima ... be the featured microlecture presenters at the AcceleDent ® ... Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, April 21-25, 2017. Orthodontists and ... daily at 11:20 a.m. On the opening morning of ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... New York , March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... recently published a report, which provides an exhaustive ... to the study, nearly 242 companies are functional ... fragmented and competitive. With the leading companies, such ... Purdue Pharma LP, focusing aggressively on various marketing ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017 Varian Medical Systems ... report results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ... 2017.  The news release will be followed by a teleconference ... news release and a link to the conference call webcast ... .  To access the teleconference call and replay: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: