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Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

Fibro Daily November 5, 2013

Sufferers of fibromyalgia are less likely to respond to promises of pain relief and are less able than healthy patients to prepare for pain, new research reveals, finding that the natural mechanisms for dealing with pain may be deficient.

The activation of one part of the brain in patients with fibromyalgia, the ventral tegmental area, is completely blunted. The ventral tegmental area is a group of neurons in the center of the brain that plays a crucial role in a patient’s response to pain medications.

Read more: Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

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