New study discovers people with Fibromyalgia may have extremely excessive amounts of nerve fibers of veins called arteriole-venule shunts that now they understand to have a role in pain. To see the article go to: Guardian Article: Fibromyalgia Mystery finally solved http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/fibromyalgia-mystery-finally-solved
Pain is a symptom–we who live with it have to tell others what we are feeling. We may have some objective signs that practitioners, friends and family can see such as flinching, moving slowly, etc. This new study gives another thing that we can see and ultimately treat!
Here is a quote from that article: “To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to find an extremely excessive amount of a particular type of nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts.
Up until this point scientists had thought that these fibers were only responsible for regulating blood flow, and did not play any role in pain sensation, but now they’ve discovered that there is a direct link between these nerves and the widespread body pain that Fibromyalgia sufferers feel.”
To truly heal an illness, it is important to understand the underlying cause(s). Because of Fibromyalgia’s history as a syndrome, I am not sure that science has discovered underlying cause(s) like they have with a disease like Diabetes. It may turn out that there are multiple diseases that are now classified as Fibromyalgia. Either way this is good news! Knowing that there is a structural or functional aspect that causes the pain will go along way to finding better ways to manage or cure!
You may want to take this article to your doctor too!