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Brain Scans Suggest Pain Of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary

Friday 5 October 2018

 

From HealthDay:

 

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Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

October 4, 2018
Copyright ©2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals.

"Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important," explained senior study author Marco Loggia. He is associate director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School.

The new research used an advanced imaging test called positron emission tomography (PET) and looked at 31 people with fibromyalgia and 27 healthy "controls" from Boston and Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Harry Gewanter, a master of the American College of Rheumatology, agreed the findings could bring comfort to patients.

 

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