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Achievements and challenges of the Decade of the Brain
EuroBrain Vol. 2, No. 1 – March 2000

Blood pressure ‘is in the brain’
BBC News, April 15, 2007

Brain Dysfunction Precedes the Development of Fibromyalgia
By Janis Kelly, 2007

Cortical Representation of Space Around the Blindspot
Holger Awater, Jess R. Kerlin, Karla K. Evans and Frank Tong
J Neurophysiol 94:3314-3324, 2005. First published Jul 20, 2005

Knee injuries may start with strain on the brain, not the muscles
Science Centric, 25 July 2009

Neurobiology-Childhood Recovered-’Lazy-eye’ Studies
By Gary Stix
Scientific American, Feb. 2009


What Does my Brain Have to do with my Back?

Back pain Linked to Brain Changes
BBC News
Scientists in Germany add to the growing body of research that chronic pain is associated with physical changes in the brain.

Chronic Back Pain Comes From the Brain
“Shrinking Brain Tissue,” ABC News 12/28/2005 Amanda Onion
Brain scan tech shows chronic pain leads to brain tissue “shrinkage” About 1.5cc’s of brain volume loss for every year of chronic pain. Researchers say targeting circuitry may be a new, more effective approach to treating chronic pain and are looking at targeting pathways in the brain to halt signals from firing in the first place.

Chronic Back Pain Eating Away at Brain Tissue!
Journal of Neuroscience 11/2004 Article Directory
Brain atrophy associated with chronic back pain

Chronic Pain Harms the Brain
Science Daily 2/6/2008
Associated with unrelenting pain, depression, sleep disturbance, anxious and difficulty making simple decisions

Chronic Pain Harms the Brain’s Wiring
U.S. News and World Report 2/8/2008
Constant firing of neurons can cause permanent damage and forever change the brain’s wiring.

Chronic Pain Shrinks the ‘Thinking Parts’ of the Brain
Northwestern University 11/23/2004, Elizabeth Crown
Loss of brain density is related to pain duration, shrinking the brain by 11%–equivalent to 10-20 years of normal aging. This research supported by grants from the NINDS and the NIH and published in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Fibromyalgia and Abnormal Brain Signals

Abnormal Brain Processing Among Patients with Fibromyalgia #A
Abnormal Brain Processing Among Patients with Fibromyalgia #B
Psychosomatic Medicine, Montoya P. 2005 Nov-Dec;67(6):957-63

Accelerated Brain Loss in Fibromyalgia Patients
The Journal of Neuroscience April 11, 2007

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience has reported that the longer you have fibromyalgia, the faster your brain dies, each year suffering 9.5 times more the loss of brain tissue than in normal aging!

Brain Dysfunction PRECEDES the Development of Fibromyalgia
Musculoskeletal Report-Translating Research into Practice, Feb I, 2007, Janis Kelly
Researchers find disturbed function of the HPA axis precedes chronic pain syndromes.

Clinical Correlate of Brain SPECT Perfusion Abnormalities in Fibromyalgia
Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2008 Nov;49(11):1798-803. Epub 2008 Oct 16

Fibromylagia:  A Disorder of the Brain?
The Neuroscientist Nov 7, 2008
Functional brain imaging studies revealing pain-related activations which corroborate the patients’ reports.

Fibromyalgia and the Autonomic Nervous System
Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 1-2 , Pages 221-228, Martinez

Fibromyalgia Can No Longer Be Called the” Invisible Syndrome.”
Journal of Nuclear Medicine, November 2008
Using computed tomography (SPECT), researchers were able to detect functional abnormalities in certain regions in the brains of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, reinforcing the idea that symptoms of the disorder are related to a dysfunction in those parts of the brain where pain is processed.

Fibromyalgia Pain Caused by Neuron Mismatch, Suggests Study
ScienceDaily Nov. 2, 2007
The unexplained pain experienced by patients with fibromyalgia is the result of a mismatch between sensory and motor systems, new research suggests.

Fibromyalgia Pain:   Physiological Evidence:  It’s Not in the Mind, But the Brain, April 21, 2009, Adrienne Dellwo

Fibromyalgia:  The Misunderstood Disease
Science Daily, June 2, 2007
“I was told they didn’t know what was wrong with me; the blood tests came back good, x-rays came back clear,” she says. “They had no idea and they’d shuffle me to another doctor, another specialist.” She saw rheumatologists, neurologists, internists, and blood specialists, but there was still no answer. Extreme fatigue, recurring headaches, chest pains, stomach and intestinal problems, muscle fatigue and weakness, restricted mobility, and anxiety. At her worst point, Josephine was bed-ridden and medicated to the point that she wasn’t functioning due to the pain.

Research May Explain Why Common Drugs Don’t Ease Pain From Fibromyalgia
The Journal of Neuroscience, Sept. 12, 2007, 27(37):10000–10006