Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia : The Science of Pain

The Science of Painscience of pain

To really understand what is happening with Fibromyalgia, we need to understand how pain works. We have an amazing body. The whole system of how messages are sent through our body to the brain is remarkable to me. We have thousands, maybe millions of little tiny nerve endings that speak to each other and pass the message along. It’s mind boggling how it works. But it’s a safety mechanism of sorts.

Each tiny nerve has a receptor on the end which “talks” to the connecting nerve receptor These messages move along the nerves until they reach the brain. Then the brain returns a message to tell your muscles how to handle it. It does this all with lightning quick speed. Think about if you were to touch a hot stove, your hand quickly pulls away. You don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to do anything, your body just responds. And this is wonderful.

Reminder : Before we get started, I just want to say that I am a patient, not a doctor. What I am sharing comes largely from what my doctors taught me. I am sharing to hopefully help you be informed enough to support friends with this syndrome or possibly acquire informed questions for your doctor. Please talk with your doctor or visit the Mayo Clinic website for official information, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

 

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photo credit for all photos: Fibromyalgia and Lupus National Coalition Butterflies

However, with fibromyalgia, the nerve receptors are sending the wrong message.

Remember when you were a kid and you played the telephone game. One would whisper a message to one person, then he whispers to the next one , and she whispers to the next, and so one. What happened by the end? The message was completely different.

This is somewhat how it works with fibromyalgia. The nerve receptors are passing the message along, but then one receptor changes it up. And what was a small prick is now amplified.  Like the dial on your radio, the more you turn it up, the louder it becomes.

With fibro pain, the message is greatly amplified. [The pain can be multiplied by up to 200 times]. The brain receives the amplified message and responds accordingly.

This is why just a touch, a poke, or a hug can be so painful.

 

 

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This amplified sensation can affect not just the sense of feeling but also your sense of hearing, smelling, and taste. For myself, I have become less tolerant to noise, such as a roomful of children, or even a vacuüm cleaner running. And lately, I’ve even noticed that spicy food is spicier than usual.

The medical field is finally getting a good understanding.Finally a Diagnosis code

In fact, it is finally listed as a syndrome with a diagnosis code in October 2015!

The cause is still unknown.

So how do the doctors diagnose this type of problem? Click for more.

 

Feeling Your Pain!

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SOURCES

Fibromyalgia National Coalition  – Background information

Mr Doctor dot Com  – Pain and How You Sense it

6 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia : The Science of Pain

  1. Wow! It must be so difficult for you. I am so sorry. Thank you for the information–it’s not a condition that I know a lot about. Information always makes it easier to come alongside pepole who suffer.

  2. Sorry that you have struggled with this. I did not know about the light, smell and noise sensitivities which can be associated. Praying specifically for your nerve receptors to transmit more accurately.

    1. Thanks. After five years, I have somewhat gotten used to it. I’ve learned how to manage the pain by not over doing. Still have my days though.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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