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Gray Matter Reductions in Fibromyalgia Patients

Fibromyalgia is characterized by joint stiffness, pain, sleep disturbances and pain. It is medically unexplained, though past research has shown that there is a correlation between fibromyalgia and gray matter reduction. Gray matter is a part of the central nervous system that routes sensory and motor stimulus of the central nervous system to create chemical synapse response activity.

A study found that the neurotransmitter dopamine may be responsible for gray matter reductions in fibromyalgia patients. The study was led by Dr. Patrick B. Wood, of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, and published in the Journal of Pain.

Researchers compared the brains of 20 healthy women and 30 women with fibromyalgia, all of the same age. They found that the fibromyalgia patients had a significant reduction in gray matter, reinforcing previous studies. In addition, they found a strong connection between gray matter density areas of the brain and dopamine metabolism levels.

This new information may give researchers new clues about brain abnormalities in fibromyalgia patients and may help them to learn more about this mystifying disorder.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
Eligibility criteria requirements for disability
Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
How to File for SSI
Filing for disability, how to apply for SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
How to get disability
How to appeal a disability denial