In this medical video learn about a new drug trials to help treat fibromyalgia.
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Jennifer Mathews: For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Tross-Deamer suffered the pain of fibromyalgia. She started taking a new medication, pregabalin and her pain subsided. Elizabeth Tross-Deamer: The memory is better. My relationships are better. People like me a lot more. Jennifer Mathews: For the first time in years, this wine author can sleep at night, giving her back energy and stamina during the day. Bernadine Smith took a different drug, milnacipran, and had similar results. Bernadine Smith: I didn't have as much depression, I wasn't as fatigued. Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Philip Mease is testing both drugs in separate studies. Dr. Philip J. Mease: At least a third of the patients in both trials have experienced, roughly, a 50-percent reduction in pain. Jennifer Mathews: The drugs come from different families; pregabalin is a pain reliever, milnacipran an anti-depressant. Dr. Philip J. Mease: What both of these medications are doing are restoring to a more natural balance the neuro-chemicals in the brain that are off kilter in this condition. Jennifer Mathews: Both drugs are still in trials, but for these two women, the verdict is already in. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.