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Brain Inflammation In Patients With Fibromyalgia

Sunday 7 July 2019


From News-Medical.Net:



Brain Inflammation in Patients with Fibromyalgia

By Osman Shabir, M.Sc.
Reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Logan, MD, MPH
July 5, 2019
© 2000-2019

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which there is extensive chronic pain across the body with an increased pain response to pressure, which would normally not be painful. Central to the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia is impaired nociceptive (pain) signal processing in the nervous system. Therefore, fibromyalgia in its pure form is a neurobiological disorder rather than a psychiatric or psychological disorder.

Although the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, what is known is that there is a lot of overlap between fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. These disorders are autoimmune disorders and display significant levels of systemic inflammation.

Scientists have speculated whether fibromyalgia could also be inflammatory in nature, though evidence for this has been lacking to date.


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