Endorphins are your body’s natural way of helping you cope with pain and stress. If you suffer from fibromyalgia or depression, there is a good chance that you have low endorphin levels.
Understanding how endorphins work can help you in managing fibromyalgia pain and symptoms.
What Are Endorphins?
When the body experiences pain or stress, it releases endorphins. These neurochemicals are part of the nervous system response and are primarily produced by pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
Researchers found these chemicals several decades ago while studying how opioids affect the body. They discovered that the human body has chemical receptors that can bind to opioids. That is how opioids help block pain. However, they also found that the body produces natural chemicals that bind to the receptors in the same manner as opioids. They named these chemicals endorphins.
So how do endorphins work to provide pain relief?