Fibromyalgia Origins Found in Central Nervous System

Fibromyalgia Origins Found in Central Nervous System – National Pain Report | May 2015

Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is responsible for amplified pain that shoots through the body in those who suffer from it.

Daniel Clauw, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan analyzed the neurological basis for fibromyalgia and presented findings from his research at the American Pain Society Annual Meeting.  

“Fibromyalgia can be thought of both as a discrete disease and also as a final common pathway of pain centralization and chronification. Most people with this condition have lifelong histories of chronic pain throughout their bodies,”

Clauw explained that fibromyalgia pain comes more from the brain and spinal cord than from areas of the body in which someone may experience peripheral pain. The condition is believed to be associated with disturbances in how the brain processes pain and other sensory information.

He said physicians should suspect fibromyalgia in patients with multifocal (mostly musculoskeletal) pain that is not fully explained by injury or inflammation.

It takes away your dreams, your hopes, and your happy moments. It makes loved ones grimace when they see you.  It makes friends and family disappear. It isolates you into a tiny box until all that was you no longer remains,”

“Because pain pathways throughout the body are amplified in fibromyalgia patients, pain can occur anywhere, so chronic headaches, visceral pain and sensory hyper-responsiveness are common in people with this painful condition,”

Fibromyalgia Has Central Nervous System Origins

6 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia Origins Found in Central Nervous System

  1. Dave

    Dr Clauw- like his pain specialist colleagues are quick to assume the conclusion when it comes to their beliefs about fibromyalgia. And since when is correlation causation? The fact that research on fibromyalgia is in such disarray with all sorts of infectious agents, kreb cycle intermediaries, proinflammatory markers and brain biomarkers is proof the researchers and experts have behaved like keystone cops. Sadly they wish to continue playing keystone cops- and where is the plan to definatively zero in on effective treatments for fibromyalgia? It doesnt exist. It reminds me of the scene from the Battle of the Bulge where the Colonel is asked why are they in the war if the y cant win it- “so we can wear the uniform” Dr Clauw wants to continue to wear the uniform as do practitioners and researchers in fibromyalgia- what they dont wish to accomplish is final solutions that work for people with fibromyalgia. For them everything is fine today- that is their illusion.
    We need much more serious and much more capable, caring and intelligent people working on fibromyalgia and other pain conditions. The current crew doesnt have the right stuff.

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    1. Zyp Czyk Post author

      Or the peripheral neuropathy that’s been found.

      Then again, they don’t state in absolutes but say “more” from brain, so they are technically correct.

      Of course, since our brain is in our head and that’s the origin of all our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and consciousness itself, even gunshot wounds are “only in your head” :-)

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  2. dave

    The latest kick in pain medicine is the role of the brain in pain. And I think it is a dangerous- for the implication is clear- fix peoples brains-and that will take care of the pain. But science doesnt understand the brain so well- and messing with the brain is a dangerous -like someone on cocaine operating heavy equipment. And I bet all kinds of brain implants will soon be approved by the fda.
    But the focus on the brain relfects a failure to find something wrong in the body- what happens when they arent so successful with the brain research? The way i see it medical scienc eis quite lost in developing a model of research or treatment for pain- but, of course, from their perspective im too ignorant to understand their “science”.

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