For many years, fibromyalgia patients have a little unexplained pain, which many doctors thought was simply psychological or “in their heads” and the mystery of fibromyalgia solved.
Now the victims of fibromyalgia are validated. The researchers isolated the biggest source of pain in these patients in the unlikely places – excess blood vessels in their hand.
These excess blood vessels are a special type of nerve fibers called arteriole-place (AV) shunts. The thestudy researchers, published in the pain medication journal, examined the skin at the hand of a patient who had a lack of sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced response to pain. Then they examined the skin samples from the hands of other fibromyalgia patients and found a large amount of shunts.
Until then, AV shunt fibers were considered to be responsible for regulating blood flow. Now it has been discovered that there is a direct trace between these nerves and whole body pain that many patients suffer from fibromyalgia, so now we can tell the mystery of fibromyalgia loosely.
Siger Dr. Frank L. Rice, neuroscientist,
We have already thought that these nerve endings have only been involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, but here there are signs that the termination of the blood vessel could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch … and also pain. This poorly controlled blood circulation can be the source of muscle aches and achiness and the feeling of fatigue due to lactic acid build-up and low levels of fibromyalgia inflammation [in] patients. This can again contribute to hyperactivity in the brain.
This discovery can lead to future effective treatments for the disease, as current treatments such as narcotic analgesics, anti-epileptic drugs and anti-depressants have failed to bring emergency aid to millions of patients.
In addition, this breakthrough can lead to the solution of other long-term problems about this mysterious disease, such as weakness of fatigue, extreme pain in the hands and other specific points in the body, and why the cold weather seems to exacerbate the symptoms.