Can a burst of laughter reduce chronic pain? Doctors may start using nitric oxide to treat fibromyalgia
- Nitric oxide may be a new treatment for fibromyalgia
- There are up to three million cases in the UK that have led to an increase in susceptibility to the disease
- The BBC’s Kirsty Young, 53, has left her job at Desert Island Discs in a state of shock.
Laughter can be a new way to treat fibromyalgia.
Nearly three million people in the UK suffer from fibromyalgia, a common and increased susceptibility to the disease, known as “fibro-fog” along with muscle stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, depression and memory and concentration problems.
Kirsty Young, a 53-year-old broadcaster, was so impressed that she recently admitted that she had stopped donating Desert Island CDs to Radio 4 in 2019.
Kirsty Young, a 53-year-old broadcaster, was so impressed that she recently admitted to resigning in 2019 from Radio 4’s Desert Island CDs.
The cause of the condition is unknown, but it is thought that high levels of the chemical glutamate, which alters the way the brain processes sick messages, are related.
In most cases, fibromyalgia is caused by a physical or stressful event, such as an infection, accident, or death.
This disease is difficult to treat because patients feel it differently.
Current options include painkillers and antidepressants. Researchers now believe that laughter gas – known as its intoxicating effect when inhaled – may be the choice.
Laughter can be a new way to treat fibromyalgia (File Image)
Commonly used in dentistry for tooth extraction, it relieves pain and induces drowsiness by releasing natural painkillers such as dopamine and endorphins.
In a new test, researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States use it as a one-time treatment to prevent the overproduction of glutamate, which can exacerbate the disease.
Can taking a magnesium pill relieve fibromyalgia?
This is the recommendation of a study published in the journal Nutrients.
According to a study by about 70 patients at the University of Clermont-Ferrand Hospital in France, taking the supplement for a month significantly reduced the incidence of the disease and halved stress levels.
Researchers say that their findings show for the first time that “daily magnesium intake can be a useful treatment.”
Patients with fibromyalgia have been found to have high levels of glutamate in insulin, which is the part of the brain that processes pain and emotions.
About 50 patients inhaled a mixture of laughter gas (nitric oxide) and oxygen or placebo for 60 minutes, which affected pain, anxiety, depression, and monitoring over the next few months.
The new study is based on previous studies showing that laughter gas can affect chronic illness.
A 2015 study published in the journal Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria found that patients with chronic pain who received dental treatment had a tenfold reduction in pain.
Each of the patients had been ill for at least six months, but only 18 of the 77 patients in the study remained ill after receiving treatment.
Researchers at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, who conducted the study, said: “Our remarkable study has shown a reduction in patients’ complaints of chronic pain after sedation with nitric oxide / oxygen. Commenting on the latest test, Professor Sam Eldabe, a treatment consultant at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, said: “Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that can be treated with several effective treatments.
“I am looking forward to the results of a study that will give some hope for fibromyalgia sufferers.
‘Additional studies may be required to explain the mechanism of action of nitric oxide, if any.’