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

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, legs and foot.

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 and foot 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. Deloph L. Mike 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.”

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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.

Source: Yahoo News

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  1. A cure would mean a life for me. I haven’t had one in more than 10 years I’ve suffered fr this before I was even 30 and did the best I could to try and force myself to go to work now I can’t work can barely walk and I’m only in my fifties

  2. Damaged imune systems are not easy to repair it requires a change of lifestyle and a greater understanding from communities.

    • Has it ever occurred to you that the ‘fat lazy people’ get to be overweight and also unable to do too much because of this condition. Most of us used to be really active e.g. splitting fire wood, playing sport etc. Do you really think that we like to be so unlike what we used to be?

    • F*** you Paul, you obviously don’t suffer from this debilitating illness. Making comments such as yours only show how ignorent you are on the subject.

    • Not so, just like it was once thought that only woman had it. I’m a man that had never been to a doctor until 32. Hand my own company and worked 50 – 60 or more every week. I have live with it it now for 26 years. I still try to work 40 hours a week when I can. And the weight thing I’m 185 and 5″ 9′. I would like to give people like you this for one day and then you tell me about how lazy you are.

  3. I hope get the ear piercing but can’t seem to find the information I need. Can someone please help me with the address,or who to contact

  4. Do not believe until I am cured
    This fibromyalgia is nasty disease suffering from years. Getting worse day by day

  5. These last couple of days have been the worse no matter what I do I get no relife from the deep pain

  6. I have this monstrous disorder and DO NOT have excess blood vessels in either hand!!!!! Next fake miracle discovery!