The Link Between Brain Damage and Fibromyalgia

brain damage and fibromyalgia

Not too long ago, those who are suffering from fibromyalgia were told that the pain is simply all in their head. However, a recent study documented the changes of the amygdala in patients who are suffering from fibromyalgia and qualified it as an organic brain damage.

What is Considered Brain Damage?

Brain damage happens when there is a disruption in the process of the neurotransmitter functioning as well as neurochemical balance. It may or may not associate itself with problems associated with motor control and cognition. The damage in the brain can be as obvious as loss of speech. It can also be as subtle as losing control of the adrenal glands as a response to infections. Diagnosing brain damage can be difficult. ECG is only considered to be 50 percent reliable. On the other hand, CAT and MRI scans will not pick up on all kinds of damages.


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    1. says: Margaret sacco

      I do not believe that fibromyalgia
      Is that bad. I’ve had it for a very
      Long time now, and I have learned
      To live with it.

      I don’t have very much pain now
      And I manage to get around,
      Doing the shopping, and all
      The housework in our home,
      And getting plenty of exercise when
      I can.

      I’m happy with my life and can
      Sympathise with others who are
      Worse off than me.

      I am in my seventies now and I don’t
      Let fibromyalgia interfere with anything I do.


  1. says: Nerissa Williams

    I have fibromyalgia and have for a long while. I also have Charlie horses in strange places through out my body I have them in my guts,chest,ribs, and loins of my back and in my neck I even be get them inside my rectum, Theses are a daily thing for me,does this connect to the fibromyalgia?

  2. says: Carol Doolan-Marks

    I went through the same for about a month and then it disappeared, it was hell while it lasted and the doc didn’t really take it seriously. I dread it happening again, poor you

  3. says: Bev p

    I get burning pain in legs and feet.There are times my cheekbone feels shooting pain too.Gabapentin I had to increase alot lately. Is there other meds to take along this line with out wrecking my gut

  4. says: Catharine

    My Fibro has become worse each year since diagnosis over 20 years ago…. my life is now very limited owing to declining mobility and I have constant costochondritis – sometimes worse than others….I have bad effects from certain smells eg perfume or hairspray, cleaning products etc which can make me feel very ill…I also have sjogren’s syndrome, Trigeminal neuralgia(Bi-lateral) Meniere’s disease – attacks of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and have had Giant Cell Arteritis three times…. Just wish there was something I could do. Have tried so many things now….

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