Fibromyalgia & The Brain
In fibromyalgia, sensory neurons in the brain become overactive.
Gentle movement, or light touch causes an extra strong response in the brain:
- too many nerve cells activate
- the nerve cells activate more strongly
- the nerve cells stay activated for too long
Image: Blue bars show higher brain activation in Fibromyalgia compared to healthy controls. From Lim, Manyoel, et al. "Augmented pain processing in primary and secondary somatosensory cortex in fibromyalgia: a magnetoencephalography study using intra-epidermal electrical stimulation." PloS one 11.3 (2016): e0151776.