Archive for Fibro

The Pain Brain: Hippocampal Atrophy Found in Fibromyalgia

The Pain Brain Sometimes you've got to ask wonder where is it going to stop with fibromyalgia (FM) and the brain? Reductions in the volume of "gray matter" (the neuronal cell bodies and glial cells as opposed to the long nerve fibers) have been found in the insular, anterior cingulate cortices Read more [...]

Connections: the Pain and Distress Circuit in Fibromyalgia Identified

Fibromyalgia (FM), of course, is much more than about pain.  Called the “prototypical functional pain syndrome,” people with fibromyalgia often experience problems thinking (fibro-fog), sleep and autonomic nervous system problems, depression and catastrophizing.  The multidimensional aspects Read more [...]

Neuroinflammation and Chronic Pain Link Established: Authors Call for Treatment Trials

“the present findings offer clinical implications that may serve to guide future studies of the pathophysiology and management of a variety of persistent pain conditions.” Loggia et. al. Chronic pain was thought for many years to be mostly a neuronal problem. Over or underactive neurons in the Read more [...]

Yes, Fibromyalgia is Real – and Here’s Why

When I saw that the video "Fibromyalgia: It's Real It's Manageable What You Can Do" had been viewed almost 85,000 times I had to check it out.  In it, Dr. Andrew Gross, the head of the Rheumatology Clinic at the University of California at San Francisco presents a a birds-eye view of fibromyalgia. The Read more [...]

Sensory Distress: The Other Side of Fibromyalgia

“If we lose sight of pleasures ... that intoxicate the senses in the most sensuous and beautiful and simplest of ways, then we've lost a lot." - Savannah Page Researchers have used heat, electricity, chemicals, and pressure to evoke pain in FM patients and controls, and in every study people with Read more [...]

Are Both Small AND Large Fiber Neuropathy Present in Fibromyalgia?

We report here a surprisingly high prevalence of clinical and electrodiagnostic (EDX) abnormalities implying a demyelinating polyneuropathy, suggestive of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), in FMS. Caro et. al 2008 With three studies finding evidence of small fiber neuropathy Read more [...]

Damaged Neuroprotective Process Spells Pain for Fibromyalgia – Suggests Small Fiber Neuropathy is Present

From stiff muscles to painful trigger points to problems with exercise, the muscles can be a problem in fibromyalgia. It turns out that muscles have an interesting way of relaxing when they're in pain. Every time you contract a painful muscle, your nervous system should take a little break, give Read more [...]

Hands Up! A Key to the Fatigue, Sleep and Pain in Fibromyalgia Found?

From Top Down to Bottoms Up In Fibromyalgia For the past decade or so research evidence has suggested that fibromyalgia is more a brain disorder than a body disorder. Studies indicating increased substance P levels, increased activity in the pain sensing and decreased activity of the pain inhibitory Read more [...]
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