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How does the brain perceive fibromyalgia pain?

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More than 20 nerve endings in your skin detect hot, cold, painful, or other sensations. The nerves send that information to your brain and spinal cord. That’s when you register something as burning, pounding, or throbbing. Studies suggest that fibromyalgia is caused by a "glitch" in the way the body processes pain. It makes you hypersensitive to normal sensations. People with fibromyalgia may have less blood flow to parts of the brain that normally help the body deal with pain.

From: Fibromyalgia Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia." Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.




The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia." Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.




The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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