The University of Michigan Fibromyalgia Center of Research Translation will study the role of the brain in chronic musculoskeletal pain with this NIH grant. They want to see why, “many individuals fail to respond to commonly used therapies such as anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, injections and surgery.” This research may shed light on the mechanisms by which HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy), which is known to have significant anti-inflammatory effects on the brain as well as the entire body, helps treat fibromyalgia. Results of HBOT in fibromyalgia are shown in research by Efrati, et. al.(http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127012).
Chronic pain researchers to expand work with $7.5M award from NIH
Funding to span 5 years, focus on role the brain plays in acute and chronic pain