Pain Associated Proteins in Trapezius Muscles of Fibromyalgia Patients Higher

Pain Associated Proteins in Trapezius Muscles of Fibromyalgia Patients Higher
Because of its location and size, the trapezius muscle has been a point of interest for researchers who study fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic pain. Recently, a group of international researchers released findings from an exploratory study that brings to light specific proteins involved in increased levels of pain throughout areas of attachment of the muscle - associated bones, tendons, and ligaments. The study, “Specific proteins of the trapezius muscle correlate with pain intensity and sensitivity – an explorative multivariate proteomic study of the trapezius muscle in women with chronic widespread pain,” was published in the Journal of Pain Research. Trapezius Muscle and Fibromyalgia The trapezius is a major back muscle and is involved in movement of the scapula (shoulder blade), head, and neck. Previous research showed that patients with FM who undergo stressful events and increased trapezius muscle activity, experience a rise in pain levels throughout the neck and shoulders. About this Study Researchers wanted to understand the protein composition within the trapezius muscle tissue and its relation to pain intensity and pain thresholds in FM patients. Enrolled were 18 female patients with FM and chronic widespread pain (CWP), and 19 healthy controls. Muscl
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