Fibromyalgia: How green glasses ease pain-induced anxiety

Fibromyalgia: How green glasses ease pain-induced anxiety
  • Researchers say wearing green glasses for a few hours can reduce anxiety related to fibromyalgia-related pain. The most relaxing color.
They add that daily exercise, a healthy sleep schedule, and relaxation techniques also help.
Wearing special green eyeglasses for several hours a day reduces pain-related anxiety and may help reduce need for opioids in people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain there is.

This is the result of a study presented at the annual conference ANESTHESIOLOGY 2022.

The results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Fibromyalgia currently affects approximately 4 million adults in the United States.

The pain and anxiety associated with this condition share similar biological mechanisms. Additionally, fear of pain can increase anxiety and lead to opioid use. Alternative treatments to opioids exist to relieve the sometimes severe pain.

The study involved 34 of his fibromyalgia patients who were randomly assigned to wear various glasses for 4 hours a day for 2 weeks.

  • 10 participants wearing blue glasses
  • 12 participants wearing clear glasses
  • 12 participants wearing green glasses
Researchers reported that participants who wore green glasses were four times more likely to have less anxiety than other groups who said their anxiety was not reduced.

Most Wearers of Green Glasses

Scientists formulated glass to filter out specific wavelengths in the green light spectrum. did.

Researchers said they found that the participants' pain scores remained the same. However, those who wore green glasses used less opioids and had better pain control.

Scientists recommended treatment with green glasses for people with fibromyalgia. We are investigating whether it is beneficial for pain conditions.

What is color therapy?
Color therapy, also called light therapy, is considered an alternative medicine.

is based on the belief that color can heal physical and mental health. Although it has been used for a long time, probably dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India, scientific research on the effectiveness of using color to improve health is limited.

"Phototherapy as an adjunct to conventional pain management in chronic pain states shows promise. Studies on migraine relief show promising results using green light-emitting diodes to reduce intensity and frequency." and Dr. Dmitriy Dvoskin, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist at Pain Management NYC. "Additionally, one study found that color affected the perception of painful stimuli. Participants rated pain in front of red as more painful than other colors." , reported that pain perception was attenuated when preceded by blue and green light.”0

Padma Gulur, author of the study, professor of anesthesiology and public health, executive vice president of the Duke Board of Anesthesiology, and director of pain management strategies and opioid surveillance at Duke Health, said the study's findings: was published in Healthline.

“Green lentils reduced 'fear of pain-related anxiety. As for inhibiting the pathway, it is that visual mediators are more responsive to green light. I still have questions.

“Green has healing powers and is the most relaxing color for the human eye.

"Green helps reduce anxiety, depression and nervousness," Michael told Healthline. It may affect the central nervous system by releasing several inhibitory neuropeptides that may induce, relieve pain, and reduce the need for opioids.

What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and emotional distress.

Some people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to pain.

Some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
  • General Pain and Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Thinking, Memory and Concentration Problems
  • Headaches
Diagnosis is usually made in middle age, and people with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

Treatment usually consists of a combination of treatments such as:
  • Pain Medication
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Strength Exercise
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Underlying Depression
  • Improving Sleep Time and Quality
Self-care for fibromyalgia
Self-care is an essential component of fibromyalgia treatment.

Helps improve daily function, reduce pain and promote health.

The American College of Rheumatology suggests the following self-care:
  • Take some time each day to relax. Use deep breathing and meditation to reduce stress.
  • Make a sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time. Avoid naps and limit caffeine intake.
  • Get regular exercise This can help reduce pain and fatigue. If it is difficult, start slowly, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Add additional activities when it gets easier.

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