(Serena Gordon/ HealthDay News) — People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals.
“Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important,” explained senior study author Marco Loggia. He is associate director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School.
The new research used an advanced imaging test called positron emission tomography, or PET, and looked at 31 people with fibromyalgia and 27 healthy “controls” from Boston and Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Harry Gewanter, a master of the American College of Rheumatology, agreed the findings could bring comfort to patients. (…)