Study: Fibromyalgia Sufferers’ Pain Is Mainly In The Brain

Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2008

The pain that is the hallmark of the condition called fibromyalgia doesn’t show up on images and scans of muscle and bone — a fact that has led many sufferers to be dismissed as hypochondriacs. But it is there in the brain for all to see — all, at least, who happen to have a Single Positron Emission Computed Tomography imaging machine (and who know how to use it).

Pain researchers in Marseilles, France, writing in the November issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, report that SPECT imaging revealed significant differences in the brain function of 20 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 10 healthy women used as controls. … Dr. Eric Guedj, lead author of the study, said his findings reinforce the growing acceptance of fibromyalgia as “a real disease/disorder,” and suggested that the disorder “may be related to a global dysfunction of the cerebral pain-processing.” More…