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Fibromyalgia Is Not All In Your Head, New Research Confirms

A study recently released by Integrated Tissue Dynamics (Intidyn) found that Fibromyalgia, a painful condition affecting approximately 10 million people in the U.S., is not imaginary after all.  Until this study was released, many doctors assumed patients experiencing fibromyalgia were experiencing a “phantom pain” that was thought to be psychosomatic or even thought of as a fabricated by patients. 

The scientist at Intidyn has provided a breakthrough discovery that links fibromyalgia with a unique peripheral neurovascular pathology consistently present in the skin of female fibromyalgia patients.

Dr. Rice, President of Intidyn and the senior researcher on the study explained the finding.

“We analyzed the skin of a particularly interesting patient who lacked all the numerous varieties of sensory nerve endings in the skin that supposedly accounted for our highly sensitive and richly nuanced sense of touch. Interestingly however, this patient had surprisingly normal function in day to day tasks. But, the only sensory endings we detected in his skin were those around the blood vessels”. Dr. Rice continued, “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidencs that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain.”

The physical therapists at Oakdale PTF are keeping a close eye on these latest developments and hope to implement a program designed to relieve the pain experience by those affected by fibromyalgia as more research becomes available.

You can read the full results of these findings by clicking here.