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New Treatment for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is one of the most mysterious and frustrating medical problems. The patient might hurt all over and be exhausted most of the them. Tests can't find anything wrong but there is. Now, there's a completely new way to treat fibromyalgia and the pain that comes with the condition.

More than 10 million Americans suffer from this condition and 90-percent of them are women in the prime of their life. A local specialist says a new treatment may be able to help.

Las Vegas physician Alina Garcia specializes in fibromyalgia. She says patients with this condition may appear healthy, but complain of numerous symptoms, some of which are debilitating.

"Fibromyalgia is chronic condition that is characterized by chronic pain, tender points in the muscles, particularly in the upper back, mid back, hips, knees, elbows, " says Dr. Garcia.

The disorder is also associated with sleep disturbances and short-term memory loss. There is no cure, but Dr. Garcia says fibromyalgia can be managed. A drug called Mirapex, originally developed for Parkinson's patients, is showing promise.

Dr. Garcia says, "It (Mirapex) was shown that it will significantly reduce pain, fatigue and increase the patient's cognition or brain function."

Side effects from Mirapex include nausea and weight loss. Mirapex was designed to stimulate dopamine receptor production in Parkinson's patients. Researchers discovered it could help fibromyalgia patients by accident.

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