Research shows that the effects of dopamine on fibromyalgia may be more significant than ever. But what is dopamine exactly and how does it affect fibromyalgia?
What Is Dopamine?
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. This means that it is a chemical that transmit signals to the brain. Dopamine plays an important role in influencing the way you think, act and feel.
As dopamine is a neurotransmitter in your brain, it is naturally responsible for your mood, stress and alertness. However, dopamine can actually do a lot more than influencing your mental functions. Dopamine is responsible for various functions of your body and having a low level of dopamine can lead to various problems and conditions.
For instance, dopamine also plays a part in your nerve functions. It is responsible for transmitting signals throughout your body and telling your body to move. Hence dopamine helps to control your movement and energy too. Some doctors believe that conditions such as the Parkinson’s disease are due to a low level of dopamine in the brain. Interestingly, several studies show that those who have fibromyalgia actually have low levels of dopamine.