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Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by longstanding multifocal pain with generalized allodynia/hyperalgesia. There are several treatment methods but none has been specifically approved for this application.

A randomized controlled study to evaluate the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in FMS (HBOT group: n = 26; control group: n = 24).

Tender points and pain threshold were assessed before, and after the first and fifteenth sessions of therapy. Pain was also scored on a visual analogue scale (VAS). There was a significant reduction in tender points and VAS scores and a significant increase in pain threshold of the HBOT group after the first and fifteenth therapy sessions. There was also a significant difference between the HBOT and control groups for all parameters except the VAS scores after the first session. We conclude that Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has an important role in managing FMS.

Article Published Date : May 01, 2004


J Int Med Res. 2004 May-Jun;32(3):263-7. PMID: 15174219

Authors:      S Yildiz, M Z Kiralp, A Akin, I Keskin, H Ay, H Dursun, M Cimsit

Article Affiliation:

GATA Haydarpaşa Military Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Study Type : Human Study

Additional Links

Diseases : Fibromyalgia : CK(537) : AC(57)
Therapeutic Actions : Hyperbaric Treatment : CK(297) : AC(32)

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