Health — 19 June 2013

bigstock-A-Chinese-Asian-female-medical-25132175By Pat Anson, Editor

Researchers are touting a “breakthrough discovery” in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia – a complex and painful condition that affects millions of people around the world.

In a new study being published in Pain Medicine, the journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, researchers based at Albany Medical College say they may have finally found the first biological evidence of what causes fibromyalgia.

“Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands,” said Dr. Frank Rice, President of Integrated Tissue Dynamics LLC, (Intidyn) and the senior researcher on the study.

In a small study of fibromyalgia patients, researchers found an “enormous increase” in sensory nerve fibers in the blood vessels of the skin on the patients palms. The extra nerve fibers appear to disrupt the flow of blood, which may explain why many fibromyalgia patients often complain of tenderness or pain in their hands and feet.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Hello, I have fibro and often complain of having sore skin and sore hands and feet. I also have trouble with my whole body being sore to touch and being in pain. It almost drives you crazy. The nerves well that makes sense really. At east Doctors can not say its all in your head anymore.