The people who are experiencing constant muscle pain and fatigue have a good chance that they are suffering from fibromyalgia. This health problem is very common, which shows the fact that as many as 5 million Americans (ages 18 or older) are affected by it. Women are more prone to this chronic disease (up to 90%), and it’s very hard to treat.
For many years, research has pointed that this pain is just imagined by the patients. It’s been treated as a psychosomatic disorder, which is caused by mental factors that attribute to a person’s imagination.
The symptoms of this chronic disease are a pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and legs. Until now, there is no research has been able to determine what is causing this pain.
Recent research has finally found that this pain is, in fact, is caused by a sensory nerve in blood vessels found in the palms! The study was conducted by scientists at Integrated Tissue Dynamics. They found that it is caused by the fibers that were supposed to be only responsible for the blood flow in the skin and are also responsible for sensing pain and touch.
In order to confirm their findings, the same team conducted a second study to see if they could locate any pathology in the blood vessels, which contributes to this disease. According to many analyzes of the skin samples from women who suffered from fibromyalgia, the team of the researchers discovered that there was a large increase in sensory fibers at certain sites. On these sites, there were no blood vessels of the skin.
These nerves belong to the arteriole-venule shunts that are regulating them in the body by controlling the blood flow in the blood vessels. When the temperature is higher, the shunts shut down, forcing the blood into the skin surface so it can be released. Opposite, in cold conditions, the shunts open up and allow the veins to conserve the heat, which causes cooling of the hands and feet.
Dr. Albrecht, who led the study, explains that this excess sensory may be the cause of painful hands that fibromyalgia patients experience.
Another conclusion of the research team was that the hands and feet usually contain more blood than they needed. At that moment they’re used as reservoirs for blood which can be delivered throughout the body.
According to Dr. Rice, a president of the Integrated Tissue Dynamics, these shunts in the hands could be interfering with blood flow to the muscles. Because of the mismanaged blood flow, the people feel the muscle pain and achiness. Additionally, they have a sense of fatigue that fibromyalgia patients experience.
So, all who are suffering from fibromyalgia, they should finally know that they’re not crazy, because fibromyalgia is real, not imagined!
Causes of Fibromyalgia
Doctors don’t have any evidence what actually causes a person to get fibromyalgia, as there are a variety of factors may work together, such as
In most cases, fibromyalgia can be a genetic issue, so there could be a certain genetic mutation that can cause you to be more vulnerable to that disorder.
Certain illnesses that are caused by the infections, can also trigger fibromyalgia.
3) Physical or Emotional Trauma
Sometimes fibromyalgia can be triggered by a certain physical trauma, such as a severe car accident.
A triggering factor can also be a psychological stress.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia:
The most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is a multifaceted approach. All treatment plans are individualized and depend on:
– The severity of fibromyalgia,
– The patient’s age,
– Medical history and other factors.
Medications commonly used for fibromyalgia include those with the anti-inflammatory properties (acetaminophen – Tylenol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – NSAIDs). However, all of these drugs can cause serious side effects and should be taken only as directed.
– Physical therapy and a regular exercise program
– Alternative or complementary treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage therapy, and biofeedback.
– Establishing a regular bedtime and sleep routine
– Decrease the amount of stress in your life