The constant pain associated with Fibromyalgia can often be relieved with the help of opioid medications. Opioids are strong and long-lasting, but in some cases they can also lead to addiction. Furthermore, Fibromyalgia patients sometimes do not respond to these pain medications as well as others because the receptors in their brains do not bind to the drugs. Opioids may be the solution for some people with Fibromyalgia, but the benefits and drawbacks must be weighed on an individual basis.
Researchers have discovered why many fibromyalgia patients complain that even strong narcotic pain medications fail to relieve their pain. A study at the University of Michigan Health System found that the mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in people with fibromyalgia had a reduced ability to bind to the drugs targeting them. The researchers did…