"Uh oh" are we all losing gray matter in our brains?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by doxygirl, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

    I regularly receive information and updates on the latest information in regards to this dd from Dominie Bush.... I just got his today and wanted to share it with you all...when your done reading it please let me know what you think ok? :)

    New Brain Research of Fibromyalgia Pain at University of Florida (Gainesville)

    The Musculoskeletal Pain Lab at UF is dedicated to identify the mechanisms of
    fibromyalgia (FM) pain. Accumulating evidence suggests that FM is
    associated with brain dysfunction. The FM Lab at the University of
    Florida is currently investigating brain changes associated with FM.

    Using a new technique of magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI)
    called "voxel-based morphometry or VBM", we will examine the brains
    of FM patients and healthy controls. This will allow us to determine
    whether important structures of the brain (gray and white matter)
    shrink faster in FM than expected by aging.

    So far we have found that FM patients have significantly less total gray
    matter brain volume than healthy age-matched individuals.
    Other investigators have shown that FM patients have a 3.3 times
    greater age-associated decrease in gray matter than healthy controls.
    The longer FM individuals seem to have chronic widespread pain,
    the greater the gray matter loss.

    Importantly, each year of FM was equivalent to 9.5 times the loss in
    normal aging. This loss of gray matter occurred in several brain
    regions related to memory, mood, and pain, including the cingulate,
    insular and medial frontal cortices. These neuroanatomical changes in
    FM patients provide evidence of CNS involvement in this illness. In
    particular, FM appears to be associated with an acceleration of age-
    related volume loss in the brain.

    If you would like to receive more information, please don't hesitate to
    contact us at 352-265-8901 or email us at painresearch@medicine.ufl.edu

    Sabrina G. Khan
    Laboratory Technician
    University of Florida, Dept. of Medicine
    Div. of Rheumatology
    Center for Musculoskeletal Pain Research
    1600 S.W. Archer Road, Room G-056
    Gainesville, FL 32610
    (352) 265 - 8901

  2. tut90

    tut90 Member

    I already had a strike against me with a family history of Alzheimer's, now this too. My mother had Alzheimer's, it started at an early age, now my brother has it, he is 62. It's bad enough that when I would get a brain fog from the fibro, It would scare me thinking I was getting Alzheimer's. I would have to research on this information some more.

    Thank you, Tut90
  3. ladybugmandy

    ladybugmandy Member

    the fact that there is loss of global grey matter in CFS patients has been known for a long time.

    on the bright side, people who recover seem to always say they have their cognitive abilities back 100%....so perhaps our brains can forge new neuronal connections.

    perhaps you can look into taking NADH to help this along...


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