Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Recent Fibromyalgia research Findings

Interesting re neurological involvment, I wonder what the neurologist I am to see next month will have to say....Recent Fibromyalgia Findings: "Although there are some immunological aberrations in FM, including a decreased number of natural killer cells, most researchers now believe that the illness is not an immune system disorder. �Essentially, there is nothing specifically immunological in fibromyalgia � and if there is, whatever little there is, I think it is secondary to the central nervous system problem that fibromyalgia patients have,� says Dr. Muhammad Yunas. �It�s a chronic, neurologic disease....

Recent investigations found multiple triggers for this amped-up response to pain. For instance, FM patients have three to four times higher levels than normal of substance P, a central nervous system neurotransmitter involved in pain processing. Researchers also found lower levels of substances that diminish pain sensation, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine "

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