Fibromyalgia Pain: Do Not Over-treat a Confused Brain

Newly published studies of Fibromyalgia pain suggest that rather than existing as a separate diagnosis, it may be more a label for chronic symptoms related to other degenerative processes. See Fibromyalgia for the specific descriptive elements required for applying the label to you as a patient. However, a label is not treatment, just a name. More recent studies suggest that there tends to be evidence of precursor spondyloarthritis in the same patients. Spondyloarthritis is inflammation of joints of the spine. These joints are numerous, quite irregularly shaped and prone to trauma of specific use and incidents, imbalanced and cumulative trauma of poor use as applicable to many regular activities and suboptimal posture, as well as in response to adverse effects of surgical intervention and any disease impacting spinal joints.

When injuries of any type are newer, the brain responds in specific manners to repetitive noxious stimulus to the not yet healed tissues. If the tissues are unable to sufficiently heal and/or their anatomic and physiological functions are chronically disrupted the local nerves continue to send signals to the brain. The signals are essentially telling the brain that they are still abnormal and require reparative intervention of some type. However, over time (variable) when traditional medical/surgical efforts have not been successful, the brain initiates a corresponding set dysfunctional bio-electrical signals telling itself that the acute injury persists long after all should be healing or healed to the degree that reasonable traditional intervention can provide. Worse yet, like a toddler displaying a tantrum, the brain sometimes recurrently sends pain signals way out of proportion to the initial injury, even to other areas of the body or to body parts that no longer exist in the case of amputations. This dysfunctional relationship between the original injury and the persistent brain signal is referred to as sensitization. It usually manifests in some sort of stronger pain, but very low intensity, unrelenting pain may induce fatigue and sleepiness if the effect upon the disturbed musculature simply wear you down.

In Fibromyalgia a significant proportion of patients experience heightened pain symptoms without manifestations of other, diffuse inflammatory disease. So, consider attending more to maintaining a healthy neck and back, and try not to over treat the remainder of your body because of a confused brain.

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