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Fibromyalgia: It’s Not All in Your Head

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The cause of fibromyalgia has escaped researchers, doctors, and sufferers alike for years, and many have chocked the condition up to being psychosomatic (all in your mind) because of difficult symptoms to pinpoint.

But new research funded by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and Forest Laboratories has uncovered — at last — a causative pathology for fibromyalgia.

Findings from the National Biotechnology Information Center (NBIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are now pointing the blame at fluctuations in our core body temperature, because our blood acts as a coolant, similar to how water functions in a car’s radiator.

The human body’s major organs and active muscles require a constant core temperature of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but sufferers of fibromyalgia cannot maintain a steady core temperature and temperature regulation can be a huge issue for nerve fibers.

The research goes into great detail about the flow of blood and the valves (AV shunts) that allow for the blood to constrict or dilate and its impact on the temperature of the body, and you can read more on the findings in an in-depth piece by Frank Rice.

With these new findings pointing at the body’s temperature control, many fibromyalgia sufferers have seen relief on serotonin uptake inhibitors like Cymbalta and Lyrica, which you can find on!

Does this research alter your understanding of fibromyalgia? Do you plan on seeking a different treatment plan with your doctor as a result? 


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