FIBROMYLAGIA IS NOT ‘IMAGINARY’ AFTER ALL, ACCORDING TO RECENT RESEARCH…
According to Medical New Today a discovery, published in this months PAIN MEDICINE (the journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine) clearly now demonstrates that Fibromyalgia may have a rational biological basis located in the skin.
Before routine testing has been largely unable to detect a biological basis for Fibro and for many years, the disorder was believed to be psychosomatic (in the head). Now however, a breakthrough discovery by scientists at Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC (Intidyn), as part of a fibromyalgia study based at Albany Medical College, has provided a biological rationale for this enigmatic disease. The small biotechnology research company, founded by neuroscientists Dr. Frank L. Rice and Dr. Phillip J. Albrecht, reports on a unique peripheral neurovascular pathology consistently present in the skin of female fibromyalgia patients which may be a driving source of the reported symptoms.
“Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibres around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands,” said Dr. Rice, President of Intidyn and the senior researcher on the study. “This discovery provides concrete evidence of a fibromyalgia-specific pathology which can now be used for diagnosing the disease, and as a novel starting point for developing more effective therapeutics.
Dr.Rice continued, “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidence that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain.”
This is great news for undiagnosed Fibro sufferers.