Published by Fibromyalgia News Today
A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.
The report shows that brain networks of fibromyalgia patients have an underlying hypersensitivity that leads them to overreact to stimulation in an explosive, widespread, and synchronized manner.
This type of response is called explosive synchronization (ES), a phenomena that occurs both in biological and physical networks, such as during seizures or power grid failures.
The study, “Functional Brain Network Mechanism of Hypersensitivity in Chronic Pain,” was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
“For the first time, this research shows that the hypersensitivity experienced by chronic pain patients may result from hypersensitive brain networks,” Richard Harris, the study’s co-senior author and associate professor of anesthesiology at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at Michigan Medicine, said in a press release.