Monday, December 1, 2008

We May Not Be Right...But At Least We Aren't Wrong

While I was doing a bit of web surfing for a new book I'm researching, I came across a very interesting article that I must share with all of you. The article, which reads more like a press release, is entitled Fibromyalgia Can No Longer Be Called the 'Invisble' Sydrome?

The article was released on November 3, 2008 by SNM, Advancing Molecular Imaging and Therapy. From what I can gather, SNM is an organization that is both medical and scientific. The facility wants to spread awarenes of what molecular imaging is and how it can help provide good health care for its patients.

The basic premise to the entire article is that through brain scans of 20 Fibromyalgia patients and 10 Healthy women, they have found brain abnormalities in the women who suffer from Fibromyalgia.

So what does this mean for all of us that have suffered with Fibromyalgia? Well, first off, it means that a doctor can't go around telling you that it is all in your head or the classic you're not right. We who suffer from this beast know that we are not right and that's why we went to a doctor in the first place.

And the reason why they can't just blame it on craziness or depression is because this study clearly showed that anxiety and depression are only symptoms and not the one something that is wrong with us. In other words, anxiety and depression are independent from the abnormalities that they found.

They also found that the Fibromyalgia patients had larger amounts of perfusion in the area of the brain that should discriminate the intensity of pain. And found smaller amounts of perfusion in the part of the brain that is thought to be involved in the emotional response to pain.

So what does this mean in English? We respond to pain differently than normal people. Which isn't a surprise. But what is a surprise, is that they can now see it on SPECT scans of the brain. That means that this study can reinforce the idea that Fibromyalgia is a real disease with honest to goodness proof.

SPECT scans have also been used in studies of chronic fatigue sufferers. Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have published their SPECT brain scans of chronic fatigue sufferers.

This is a good sign of the times. Since it shows that people are researching these two diseases that are so very real. It will be interesting to see if they continue to find a correlation of between Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Some doctors believe that both are one in the same disease.

Either way, we sufferers now know that even though we may not be right, we at least know we aren't wrong. And that's fabulous!

Love and friendship,

Kimberley
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