Scientists have discovered the main source of pain in patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia, and despite previous beliefs, it does not come from the brain!
This discovery has ended a decade-old mystery about Fibromyalgia, a disease for which many doctors believed that was conjured in the imagination of the patients. The mystery behind this syndrome has given hope to many sufferers who will finally have a way to effectively deal with their pain.
Doctors that believed it was an “imaginary” disease were proven wrong after scientists discovered that the main pain source came from a most unlikely place,or the excess blood vessels in the hand, legs and foot.
This discovery might result in a finding a total cure, or at least a new better treatment for the patients.
The researchers took several skin samples from the patients, and were surprised to find that their hands had an extremely excessive amount of a nerve fiber called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts. Before this experiment, scientist believed that these nerve fibers were responsible only for regulating the blood flow in our bodies, and nothing else.
“We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidences that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch and also pain. This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain”, explains neuroscientists Dr. Frank L. Rice.
Although there are more treatments currently they are still far away from effective as they can’t completely relieve millions of sufferers from the pain they feel. These therapies include a variety of pain killers, anti-seizure drugs or anti-depressants. As it wasn’t considered as a real problem for a long time, some of the treatments included advice such as “get more sleep and exercise more often” as well.
After the cause of Fibromyalgia has been discovered, patients are hoping for a cure finally. They complained about the way doctors treated them saying that “if something doesn’t fit in their tiny little understanding, they belittle the patient and tell them they are crazy”.
Now this discovery has the potential of unlocking a better future for patients all over the world, and the mystery behind Fibromyalgia will be solved completely once and for all.