Fibromyalgia

Under the stress and pain chapter Sapolsky brought up fibromyalgia which he had not in his book’s last edition.   “This is the mysterious syndrome of people having markedly reduced pain tolerance and multiple tender spots throughout the body, often paralyzing extents of pain, and no one can find anything wrong—no pinched nerve, no arthritis, no inflammation” (Sapolsky, p. 200).  So since there is no physical signs of what’s causing the pain I wonder how much of it is possibly the pain receptors in the brain that are over reactive, or maybe just creating an illusionary painful symptom and it becoming a reality making it more of a psychological matter. I look forward to Professor Franssen discussing it in class.

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