4 Hormones Affecting Fibromyalgia Pain

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1, 2. Serotonin and Dopamine

People often group serotonin and dopamine together. Serotonin has been heavily linked to depression and a variety of other mood disorders. Likewise, dopamine is also believed to be connected to mood. It functions as part of the reward-motivated behavior section in your brain, and people believe that it plays a part in pain management.

For people with fibromyalgia, both of these hormones help with mood and pain management. When a person is happier, that person is not as focused on pain. There have been a few studies that show that the serotonin pathways in a person with fibromyalgia have a decreased flux. This means that the individuals are not getting as much serotonin, which can severely affect their mood and pain levels. Similarly, some studies have shown that some people with fibromyalgia have a different dopamine response to pain than healthy people do.

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  1. says: Mary Jessee

    Thanks for all the updates and posting them for people like myself who searched years for any information when very little was known about this horrible disease. It really helps to have as much information as possible. I enjoy reading all your post. ***** Mary Jessee

  2. says: Monika

    Hello ,I would like to know why my fibromyalgia is affected by antibiotics? Ive been taking them for two days now for a uti n they have given me anxiety n insomnia. I have 5 more days to go on this course :-/.. Thank you for the much needed information you post :-). I live in Australia n there is not much information or knowledge on this illness …

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