This is an interesting study. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give enough details for me, a science nerd. It may be newer research, and, it may lead to a better mousetrap for our symptoms; even a cure. It is not a new concept. The idea that for some reason fibromyalgia syndrome survivors don’t process pain the same as the rest of the population. While looking for recent research, I found another piece that discussed it was in our spinal cords. In my opinion, the spinal cord gives the brain direct signals and the brain gives the spinal cord direct signals, so it’s inter-related.
Still, for those who are determined to find out the cause of this syndrome, this article gives some valid information. It would be more helpful if the researchers could figure out exactly what part of our brain, or spinal cord, is deficient. With that specific information in hand there might begin to be a cure. Currently we have lifestyle and medications that suppress symptoms. On the forum “Healingwell”, there is a wonderful Peer who understands chemistry and science very well. This peer regularly posts in-depth research with big terminology about the latest research. It is hard reading but highly informative.
I have never had a high tolerance for pain. Fibromyalgia is not the same as that for me though. My tolerance for pain and my experience of pain are not related. My pain is dramatically worse since I developed fibromyalgia 16 years ago. It is constant and only muffled with medications and changes in exercise, activities of daily living, sleep patterns and diet choices. Additionally, it can flare into pain that leaves me unable to function easily and without warning.
What interests me most about the brain connection is our brain fog. What is that caused by? Not being able to talk like other adults, usually all of a sudden, is embarrassing and discouraging. I recently developed another issue that stops me from being able to think clearly, so I am currently in a double whammy! Anyway, I hope that the research, that is too simplified in this link, will continue to be replicated in varied tests so that we can address both pain and brain fog soon.
Thankfully, I don’t have brain fog today (just post concussion syndrome 🙂 )
Hoping all of my Peers are doing well today.
As always, if anyone finds a link that helps us or research that is useful, please post it in the comment section.
Lucinda Tart, Fibromyalgia Peer Advocate/Life Coach Advisor