Fibromyalgia symptoms eased by wearing device, a study has found
It is caused by changes in the way the body processes pain signals around the body.
There’s currently no cure for fibromyalgia, although some treatments could help to relieve painful symptoms.
And now a wearable device, Quell, has been found to provide significant relief to those with chronic pain, including fibromyalgia.
Researchers found Quell lessens pain interference with activity and mood, concluding the device is useful for helping to reduce chronic pain throughout the body.
Fibromyalgia symptoms helped with wearable Quell device targeting chronic pain
Shai N. Gozani, MD, PhD, president and CEO of NeuroMetrix, said: “We are pleased that the results of this large, real-world study of Quell effectiveness has been published.
“The findings confirm that Quell provides valuable incremental pain relief to many individuals with chronic pain.”
The study, entitled “Effectiveness of fixed-site high-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in chronic pain: a large-scale, observational study” was published in the Journal of Pain Research.
Researchers tracked 713 Quell users who agreed to have their usage and data monitored for 60 days.
Patients rated their pain intensity and pain interference with mood, activity, and sleep both before starting the therapy and after 60 days of use.
Fibromyalgia symptoms: A majority of participants suffered chronic back pain
Most participants suffered with moderate to severe pain every day, occurring for more than three years.
Pain was felt in nearly five sites of the body on average per patient, with almost all participants suffering lower back pain.
After 60 days, participants reported a significant improvement in all pain measures, with Quell most effective in reducing the impact of pain on daily activities.
Quell is worn on the upper calf and delivers electrical stimulation to sensory nerve cells.
It can be used day and at night while sleeping, and an accompanying app allows users to personalise the therapy as well as track their pain.
Fibromyalgia patient describes the pain she experiences
Fibromyalgia symptoms: Quell is a wearable device that has been found to ease chronic pain
A woman who suffered with fibromyalgia reversed ‘widespread pain’ symptoms with a 50p a day supplement.
Karen Crosby, 56, reversed her painful symptoms with Bio-Quinone Q10 supplements.
Crosby was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2002, and spent years suffering from pain in her wrists, knees, ankles and back.
“I had widespread pain, I had problems sleeping, I was tired a lot and when I did things like aerobics I was in a lot more pain than I should have been,” she said.
“I also suffered from what I call ‘fibro fog’, which is where your mind just stops a little while, and you forget things before it kicks into gear again.”