UAB Researcher’s Focus Is Fibromyalgia’s Many Mysteries

UAB Researcher’s Focus Is Fibromyalgia’s Many Mysteries
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic illness of indeterminate cause, a syndrome — that is, a constellation of signs and symptoms observed in, and characteristic of, a single condition — and not a specific disease with clearly defined causes and treatments. It is typically characterized by moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain of at least three months' duration that can't be attributed to any definitive cause, and accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, restless legs syndrome, tension headaches, and other disorders. There is a considerable degree of crossover between FMS symptom profiles and those associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) — another poorly understood disorder of unknown etiology. The currently prevailing theory of causation is that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting how the brain processes pain signals. The research goal of Dr. Jarred Younger's Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory at the University of Alabama Birmingham is to end chronic pain and fatigue caused by inflammation in the brain for millions of people throughout the world through use of neuroimaging, pharmaceutical, and immunological techniques to better understand how inflammation affects people's bodies and minds. youngerJDr. Younger, who received his PhD in Experimental Psychophysiology in 2003 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships at Arizona St
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