The Sympathetic Nervous System & Fibromyalgia Pain

A recent study published in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology Online, explores the relationship between sympathetic nervous system activity and pain intensity in fibromyalgia.

The study presents that levels of norepinephrine (the neurotransmitter that activates the sympathetic nervous system) positively correlates with pain in fibromyalgia. The higher these NE levels are, the he higher the pain level we feel.

Many fibromyalgia patients in severe pain tended to have changes in various genes that control sympathetic nervous system functioning. This further suggests that fibromyalgia may be similar to varying kinds of chronic regional pain syndrome.

Other studies have associated increased sympathetic nervous activity with poor sleep and reduced cognitive functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome. Until this most recent study, no one has directly attempted to correlate sympathetic nervous functioning with pain in fibromyalgia suffers.

Here at The Fibro Clinic, we are constantly taking new research and information into consideration when finding the correct treatment path for our patients. We believe in a multidisciplinary approach comprised of tried and tested measures to effectively lower and manage symptoms for a better quality of life.

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