Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fibromyalgia Similar to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain and skin sensitivities that can be painful. There are a host of other symptoms that can accompany the disorder, and the reason for the syndrome is still unknown. There are also no cures known at this time, leaving doctors to try and treat individual symptoms to provide relief for sufferers.

Recently, researchers have focused on using Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography, otherwise known as SPECT, to perform brain scans that measure brain functioning, and also measure blood flow to the brain, to try and understand the disorder.

The following article is an overview of recent findings using SPECT that show that altered blood flow is linked with an increase in symptoms. The article discusses the findings and shows that cerebral blood flow alterations are also linked to multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). In MCS the blood flow is reduced, as it is with fibromyalgia. The article talks about the similarities of the conditions and discusses how environmental factors play a huge part in MCS.

Fibromyalgia Patients Have Altered Cerebral Blood Flow to the Brain

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