The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, studied women with and without fibromyalgia. Those with fibromyalgia—from which approximately 5 million Americans suffer—showed “decreased connectivity between brain areas that process pain and sensorimotor signals.”
Thirty-eight women, 22 healthy and 16 with fibromyalgia, had brain scans done by functional magnetic resonance imaging. As they experienced various levels of pain, through pressure on their thumbs, the fibromyalgia patients showed increased pain sensitivity and a functional decoupling between the pain processing signals of the brain and, among other areas of the brain, the sensorimotor activity controls.
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Fibromyalgia has been in the news a lot recently. To read:
Hypersensitivity to Non-Painful Events May Be Part of Pathology in Fibromyalgia, click here.
Painkiller Reduces Hypersensitivity to Pain in Patients With Fibromyalgia, click here.
Noncancer Pain Management With Painkillers Not Helping Daily Functioning, click here.