What role do nerves play in fibromyalgia?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There is a lot we don't know about fibromyalgia, which is why this pain syndrome is sometimes difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose and treat. However, new findings link fibromyalgia to problems within the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the spinal cord and the brain. Some scientists believe that certain dysfunctions with fibromyalgia that occur in the muscles, connective tissue, and the peripheral nervous system that communicate with the CNS. It could be that these malfunctions result in some of the main fibromyalgia symptoms such as deep muscle pain, difficulty sleeping, low mood, and fatigue. Time will tell whether these researchers are correct about the causes of fibromyalgia. 

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