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The purpose of this trial was to test the combined and independent effects of 6 months of exercise and Mestinon in people with fibromyalgia. Specifically, we wanted to determine if Mestinon helped people with fibromyalgia have an easier time exercising and if their symptoms improved by the end of the trial.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: ExerciseDrug: pyridostigmineDrug: PlaciboBehavioral: Attention Control
Earlier, we demonstrated that people with fibromyalgia fail to make adequate growth hormone when they exercise intensively. We also demonstrated that a single dose of Mestinon helped people make normal levels of growth hormone when they exercised in our laboratory. We wanted to know if 6 months of exercise with concurrent Mestinon therapy would make growth hormone (and related markers) normal and improve fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
21 Years to 65 Years (Adult)
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Subjects will be excluded if they have a history of rheumatic disease or other disorder that may compromise ability to safely complete study protocol, be pregnant, nursing, or currently involved in unresolved litigation.