For many years, fibromyalgia patients have suffered some inexplicable pain that many doctors believed were simply psychological or “in their heads” and the mystery of fibromyalgia resolved.
The victims of fibromyalgia are now validated. The researchers isolated the biggest source of pain in these patients in the unlikely places – excess blood vessels in the hand.
These excess blood vessels are a special type of nerve fiber called arteriole-place (AV) shunts. The thestudy researchers published in pain medication journal examined the skin on 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.
Says 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 blood vessel termination could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch … and also pain. This poorly controlled blood circulation can be the source of muscle pain and achiness and the feeling of fatigue due to lactic acid buildup and low levels of fibromyalgia inflammation in patients. This in turn can contribute to hyperactivity in the brain.
Until then, AV shunt fibers were only considered 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.
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 relief to millions of patients.
In addition, this breakthrough can lead to the resolution of other long-lasting problems with this mysterious disease, such as weakening of fatigue, extreme pain in the hands and other specific points in the body, and why the cold weather seems to worsen the symptoms.