Brain Inflammation Imaged for First Time in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Reports

Combining two imaging techniques allowed researchers, for the first time, to visualize widespread inflammation, specifically mediated via glial cells, in the brains of fibromyalgia (FM) patients. “Finding objective neurochemical changes in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia should help reduce the persistent stigma that many patients face, often being told their symptoms are imaginary and there’s nothing …

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Connection Between Fibromyalgia And Vitiligo?

By Khudhair OS, et al. Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Vitiligo: A Novel Association. ABSTRACT Editor’s Note:  Vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches, can affect the skin on any part of the body and can cause psychological difficulties. Both FMS and vitiligo share a common pathophysiology and relationship with autoimmunity, psychiatric comorbidity and functional …

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Fibromyalgia and the role of brain connectivity in pain inhibition

The cause of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome is not known. However, the results of a new study that compares brain activity in individuals with and without fibromyalgia indicate that decreased connectivity between pain-related and sensorimotor brain areas could contribute to deficient pain regulation in fibromyalgia, according to an article published in Brain Connectivity. The new …

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Poor sleep habits linked to increased risk of fibromyalgia in women

Researchers from Norway have uncovered an association between sleep problems and increased risk of fibromyalgia in women. The risk of fibromyalgia increased with severity of sleep problems, and the association was stronger among middle-aged and older women than among younger women. Results of the prospective study, based on ten years of data, appear in Arthritis & …

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New research could lead to a blood test for common pain syndrome fibromyalgia

New UK research could lead to a blood test to diagnose the common pain condition, fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is common pain syndrome causing widespread muscle and bone pain, as well as fatigue and disturbed sleep. It has no obvious physical cause, is poorly understood and difficult to diagnose, treat and manage. For years there was doubt …

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Link between DNA and chronic widespread joint pain

Scientists at King’s College London, funded by the charity Arthritis Research UK, have found a link between changes in marks on the outside of DNA (epigenetics) and chronic widespread joint pain, one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common long-term chronic condition that causes fatigue and widespread pain in muscles and bones. …

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Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn’t Imaginary

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter 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 …

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Researchers trying to fathom the causes of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is something of a mystery. It can’t be detected with scans or blood tests, yet it causes lifelong pain for millions of people. The disease mainly affects women (about 75-90 percent of cases), causing pain all over the body. Because not all healthcare professionals are adept at identifying and diagnosing fibromyalgia, reported rates of …

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Trauma and fibromyalgia: could Kavanaugh have triggered Lena Dunham’s flare-up?

The Girls writer and star says she experienced a reactivation of the condition after the supreme court confirmation. That is not as ‘crazy’ as she fears If you felt physically sick at Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the supreme court, you are not alone. Lena Dunham, the writer, and star of the HBO series Girls, links a flare-up of her …

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