Fibromyalgia may alter how brain responds to pain, relief

11/6/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Functional MRI imaging showed fibromyalgia patients had disrupted brain responses when expecting pain and pain relief, compared with a control group, Harvard Medical School researchers reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. The study team said that the fact that fibromyalgia patients showed less response to painful stimuli in the brain's reward center could help explain why they often do not respond to opioid painkillers.

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