Interesting New Study Finds Possible Cause of Fibromyalgia

We’ve all heard many, many claims of a possible cause of Fibromyalgia before. This one is different, and plausible sounding. Even better, it could lead to real treatments that work. Note I’m still a bit skeptical on an actual cure, but read on.

A New York based research company called Intidyn (Integrated Tissue Dynamics), discovered an unknown nervous tissue function among blood cells three years ago. As published in the medical journal PAIN.

As Dr. Rice explained, “we analyzed the skin of a particularly interesting patient who lacked all the numerous varieties of sensory nerve endings in the skin that supposedly accounted for our highly sensitive and richly nuanced sense of touch. Interestingly however, this patient had surprisingly normal function in day to day tasks. But, the only sensory endings we detected in his skin were those around the blood vessels”. 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.”

What followed was a study made by renowned Albany Medical Center neurologist and pain specialist Dr. Charles E. Argoff and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Quanzhi Hou of a small skin biopsy in the hands of Fibromyalgia patients. They discovered that these Fibromyalgia patients had “an enormous increase in sensory nerve fibers at specific sites within the blood vessels of the skin. These critical sites are tiny muscular valves, called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts, which form a direct connection between arterioles and venules (see diagram).”

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