Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved!

Researchers Find Main Source of Pain in Blood Vessels

Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved! Researchers Find Main Source of Pain in Blood Vessels

Researchers have found the main source of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, and contrary to what many believe, it does not stem from the brain. The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients’ imaginations. The mystery of Fibromyalgia has left millions of sufferers searching for hope in pain medications. Up until recently, many physicians thought that the disease was “imaginary” or psychological, but scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain stems from a most unlikely place- excess blood vessels in the hand.

The discovery may lead to new treatments and perhaps even a total cure in the future, bringing relief to as many as 5 million Americans thought to have the disease. To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to find an extremely excessive amount of a particular type of nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts.

Up until this point scientists had thought that these fibers were only responsible for regulating blood flow, and did not play any role in pain sensation, but now they’ve discovered that there is a direct link between these nerves and the widespread body pain that Fibromyalgia sufferers feel.

The breakthrough also could solve the lingering question of why many sufferers have extremely painful hands as well as other “tender points” throughout the body, and why cold weather seems to aggravate the symptoms. In addition to feeling widespread deep tissue pain, many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from debilitating fatigue.

Neuroscientist Dr. Frank L. Rice explained: “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidences that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain,” Rice said. “This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain.”

Current treatments for the disease have not brought complete relief to the millions of sufferers. Therapies include narcotic pain medicines; anti-seizure drugs, anti-depressants and even simple advice such as “get more sleep and exercise regularly.” Now that the cause of Fibromyalgia has been pinpointed, patients are looking forward to an eventual cure. Other expressed frustration about how much they had suffered already:

“When are they ever going to figure out that things are never “all in your head?” said one commenter. “Whenever something doesn’t fit in their tiny little understanding, they belittle the patient and tell them they are crazy. People have suffered through this since they were invented. Prescribing SSRIs for everything is not the answer any more than a lobotomy or hysterectomy was.”

The announcement has the potential to unlock better future treatments and undoubtedly has patients all over the world rejoicing that the mystery of Fibromyalgia has finally been solved.

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By: Rebecca Savastio

Source: Redorbit

Source: Womenshealth.gov

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2,863 Responses to Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved!

  1. lacb June 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Fibromyalgia is a symptom of lyme disease in many cases. Check for Lyme.

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  2. Louise June 30, 2015 at 5:46 am

    The lack of magnesium in our body do not let us go into REM sleep. If you take magnesium chloride you will fix this on the first night! Take it at dinner time. I did and it is amazing! In one week only I was sleeping without any drugs for 5 hours directly.
    I’m doing auto hemotherapy in myself and didn’t have brain fog for more than a year now. All the pain disappeared in less than a month. It has none contraindication. Here people do this to increase the immunology and it is excellent.

    Chronic fatigue is due the adrenal exhaustion. Ask your doctor for hidrocortisone (not cortisone!)

    So…. Auto hemotherapy took all the pain in my body in less than a month. But the fatigue and lack of energy was still there. I did some research and discovered some doctors already know it is adrenal exhaustion due many problems we face in life (divorce, loses, jobs, bankrupts, stress, etc… ) ALL solved with hidrocortisone.

    Go to a GOOD modern doctor. Here we call then ortomolecular and into bio-medicine.

    After doing that, you will find lots of energy to go to the gym or walking. Your life will be back!

    Learn everything about auto hemotherapy on internet. No one will tell you about these cheap things…. you know. It did miracles for me. NONE pain… well can say I am free of pain in 95% what is wonderful! I can use my high heels again…. A woman will know what I mean. :-) No pain on my feet anymore.

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