From the article: “A total of 119 subjects with fibromyalgia were enrolled and randomized to a standard (active) or modified (sham) Quell device for 3 months of at-home use. In an intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis of all subjects, 56% of those on active treatment exhibited a clinically meaningful improvement in health-related quality-of-life (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, FIQR) compared to 35% that received sham treatment (p=0.029).”
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I’m a big fan of the Quell pain-relief device and have written a couple of articles about it over the years:
If you’re trying to decide which version to buy:
- The original device is larger than the 2.0 version, and you can operate the original version by tapping on the device while you’re wearing it on your leg.
- The 2.0 is smaller, but it runs exclusively using an app on your smartphone. There is no manual functionality like the original version.
Personally, I prefer the original version because I like being able to turn the device on and off, and adjust the intensity by tapping on the unit when I’m wearing it.
The Quell does require an electrode to work, so there is an ongoing expense to use it. I’ve found the “sport” electrodes last longer than the regular ones. The company recommends replacing electrodes every two weeks, but I can stretch an electrode up to a month if I’m diligent about keeping it clean and storing it properly when not in use.
As with all fibromyalgia treatments, what works for me may or may not work for you, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the return policy in case the Quell doesn’t work for you.
From the article: “The draft House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, released Sunday and set for committee markup Thursday, would provide nearly $6.6 billion for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and $10.6 billion for the CDC. House appropriators plan to release the report language Wednesday.”
I’m pretty sure I post these “we need more funding” articles at least once a month. At what point do we finally see the results of the funding that’s already been appropriated? Millions have been earmarked for Lyme research in recent years, so where has that money gone?
It certainly doesn’t seem to be trickling down to the researchers. About every three months, I post a list of new Lyme and fibromyalgia research studies from ClinicalTrials.gov. There are few (if any) Lyme studies.
Access June’s research update here and see for yourself.
From the article: “The open-label phase 2a clinical trial will evaluate the efficacy of TRYP-8802, an oral formulation of synthetic psilocybin, in tandem with psychotherapy for treating fibromyalgia. The treatment is designed to target nociplastic pain originating in the central nervous system through the neuroplasticity benefits of psilocybin.”
Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico startup maps chronic pain with new tech
From the article: “PainScan System Inc.’s patent-pending technology could allow doctors and clinical technicians to rapidly create detailed 3D maps of an individual’s pain points on an iPad or computer screen using a simple touch exam that measures pain intensity on any part of a patient’s body.”
Pain News Network: States need to protect pain patients from uncaring pharmacists
From the article: “In North Carolina and many other states, the patient and doctor have no recourse and no avenues for appeal if a pharmacist refuses to fill a prescription. The only path forward is to have the doctor submit the prescriptions electronically to another pharmacy.”
And an extra…
Griffith University: World-first laboratory study finds low-dose naltrexone may improve ME/CFS symptoms
From the article: “Published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, the researchers found that patients with ME/CFS taking low-dose Naltrexone (LDN 3.0-5.0mg/day) show significant improvements in cell function in a laboratory study using a model of natural killer (NK) cells from patients.”
This week on FedUpWithFatigue.com…
Earlier this week, I had to take a trip down to Virginia (more on that below). I wasn’t able to publish a new post, so I’m sharing an older post from the Fed Up With Fatigue archive. Hope some of you find it useful!
I’ve added an update to my GoFundMe page to let you guys know how things are coming with my divorce and my move back to Virginia. Everything is still taking a lot longer than anticipated, but I am hoping to be moved by the end of August.
As always, I am forever grateful for any and all support – both financial and emotional. It’s been a long ordeal but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter by the day.