Research has recently shown that Fibromyalgia is not an immune system disorder. Researchers believe that FM is a chronic, neurologic disease. Studies have shown that the pain in Fibromyalgia is caused by an abnormality in the central nervous system where pain sensations are amplified. So this rules out the theory that it is all in our heads! Like we didn’t know that already!
The new theory is that FM results from “miscommunication among nerve impulses in the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – causing FM patients to feel intense pain when they should only feel mild discomfort or fatigue”.
I know that I am very sensitive to touch. If my husband comes up to put his arm on my back or waist, I will jump from the pain – my body is that reactive to it.
Dr. Daniel Clauw, who is the director of the Center of the Advancement of Clinical Research at the University of Michigan says, “The pain of FM is not occurring because of some injury or inflammation of the muscles or joints. There is something wrong with the way the central nervous system is processing pain from the peripheral tissues. It’s over-amplifying the pain.”