Pain Reduces Accuracy of Body Perception in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Pain Reduces Accuracy of Body Perception in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Pain-associated emotions and reactions can reduce the ability of women with fibromyalgia to perceive what's going on inside their body, according to researchers in France. Their findings add to our knowledge of how patients with chronic pain integrate body signals and emotional processing. The study, "Pain and emotion as predictive factors of interoception in fibromyalgia," was published in the journal Journal of Pain Research.  Researchers investigated interoception, the capacity of people to sense the internal state of their body, in fibromyalgia patients, comparing it with healthy people (controls). Some researchers consider it a lesser-known sense, as in the body's five senses. Many studies have indicated that fibromyalgia patients display signs of hypervigilance, a high awareness of potentially negative stimuli. More recent research proposes that fibromya
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  1. Marijke Groothuis says:

    “To assess this, researchers analyzed interoception in 21 women with fibromyalgia and 21 healthy women (controls).” Sorry, but I find this misleading. Chronic pain is suffered by many more people than those who have fibromyalgia! There should have been a 3rd group in this study consisting of people with CHRONIC PAIN, but NO fibromyalgia. I am surprised that the Journal of Pain Research did not pick up on that! Yes, of course the Fibromyalgia-induced pain group would have produced the differences stated, but I am almost certain that the outcome would have been the same if the study had been done with a group of people who experienced chronic pain WITHOUT having been diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia!

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