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Understanding Fibromyalgia

When it comes to treating fibromyalgia effectively in our Bloomington functional medicine office, finding the underlying cause is the key to a successful, pain-free outcome. That is why we always stay up to date on the latest research. And, according to a new study recently published in Brain Connectivity, a journal that seeks to find both causes and treatment remedies for a variety of different conditions, it is possible that the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers feel is somehow correlated to decreased connectivity between certain areas of the brain.

A group of researchers from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden studied functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) results from 16 women between the ages of 20 and 65 who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. These were then compared to the fMRI results of a control group made up of 22 other women within a similar age range.

They found that the women with fibromyalgia, when they were subjected to pressure stimulation on their left thumb, suffered with “significantly increased pain sensitivity” than when compared to the women in the control group who received the same stimulation. Additionally, when looking at the women’s fMRI’s, it was determined that the women with fibromyalgia showed decreased connectivity in specific areas of their brain which could account for why the pain felt more intense, namely in the right anterior and sensorimotor areas.

Fully understanding why fibromyalgia brings about pain in the people it afflicts, which is largely women, is paramount to finding a way to relieve that pain. That is the goal of our Bloomington functional medicine practice: to find the cause and the cure of fibromyalgia so that we may help our patients live a higher quality of life.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, call us and see what we can do to help you reduce, if not completely eliminate, your pain. Your happiness is our priority!

We treat patients in Bloomington, Peoria, Champaign, and Decatur, Illinois. Give our office a call today at (217) 249-4808.

November 11, 2014