Why Do Fibromyalgia Patients Hurt Even With Medication?

Fibromyalgia: What’s Up With This Pain?

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from chronic, and at times, unrelenting pain. A huge problem for western medicine is that the commonly prescribed pain medications are not very effective. fibromyalgia medication

It seems as if the brains of fibromyalgia sufferers have a problem for main stream medicine, that problem lies in the fact that the receptors needed in the brain that allows for pain medication to work, well those are not available for this to happen, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Health System studying fibromyalgia.

Pain killers, like Darvocet,Vicodin, and Oxycontin, work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This study of 17 women with fibromyalgia and a group of 17 women without fibromyalgia underwent positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

What researchers discovered was that the fibromyalgia patients had reduced mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in the regions of the brain that normally process and dampen pain signals.

Researchers also found a possible link with the depression so often associated with fibromyalgia. Those fibromyalgia patients that had depressive symptoms also had reductions in the opioid receptors  in the part of their brain thought to modulate mood and the emotional aspect of pain.

The researchers findings are significant because it has been difficult to determine the reason for chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients, which is one of the reasons that many of the “main stream” physicians have been slow to accept the diagnosis of fibromyalgia as a ‘real’ disease.

Fibromyalgia Sufferers Deserve Better…

I have had many fibromyalgia victims express their frustration at how their medical doctor could accuse them of making up this pain in their head or that they were just being overly sensitive and they needed to just toughen up!

It is hard for me to understand how a person that is in the business of health could have so little empathy for their patients just because fibromyalgia is not fully understood or an easy condition to explain.

Fibromyalgia Doesn’t Have To Control You!

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