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Inflammation: What's its role in Fibromyalgia?

Sunday 6 October 2013


From's Adrienne Dellwo:


Woman - morning stiffnessInflammation: What's its Role in Fibromyalgia?

By Adrienne Dellwo, Guide
October 4, 2013

Several aspects of fibromyalgia are still up for debate, including the cause(s), the underlying mechanism(s), etc. Also still on that list is the role of inflammation.

Way back when doctors were first becoming aware of the condition, they assumed that inflammation was involved. After all, it's a major part of just about every illness that causes pain, so it only seemed logical. The original name - fibrositis - meant "inflammation of the connective tissues."

But then, in research and clinical practice, doctors realized they weren't seeing crazy high levels of inflammatory markers. Exams didn't reveal swollen joints. Anti-inflammatory drugs didn't seem to help much. Doctors decided they were so wrong about the role of inflammation that they changed the name to fibromyalgia, which means "pain in the muscles and connective tissues." A lot of research proceeded under the assumption that fibromyalgia was not an inflammatory condition.

Now, however, the focus is shifting back to inflammation. Some research even suggests that "fibrositis" might have been right on the nose. To see what researchers have turned up in the last few years, see:

Do you believe a significant portion of your pain is caused by inflammation? Do your inflammatory markers tend to be slightly elevated? Do you think this is something doctors need to pay more attention to? Leave your comments here!

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The above, with comments, originally appeared here.


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