A poster describing these preliminary findings was presented at the American Neuropsychiatric Association meeting held in Honolulu, February 1–4, 2003.
Slow-Frequency rTMS Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain
Article first published online: 28 MAR 2006
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 115–118, March 2006
How to Cite
Sampson, S. M., Rome, J. D. and Rummans, T. A. (2006), Slow-Frequency rTMS Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain. Pain Medicine, 7: 115–118. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2006.00106.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 MAR 2006
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation;
- Chronic Pain;
- Borderline Personality Disorder
Objective. Evidence suggests that fibromyalgia (FM) is a centrally mediated pain disorder. Antidepressants, including electroconvulsive therapy, provide some symptomatic relief in FM and other pain disorders. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a new antidepressant treatment, which may also be useful in treating chronic pain.
Design. As part of a larger study, four women with depression, FM, and borderline personality disorder received 1-Hz rTMS applied to the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Subjects rated pain using an 11-point Likert scale.
Results. Pretreatment pain averaged 8.2 (7–9.5) and reduced to 1.5 (0–3.5) after treatment (P < 0.009). All had improvement in pain, and two had complete resolution of pain. Only one of the four subjects had an antidepressant response.
Conclusions. These preliminary findings suggest a possible role for rTMS in treating FM.