I was fascinated (and relieved) in 2013 when I read about the research that had discovered an excess of arteriole venule shunts in the skin of FM patients. These are described as “tiny muscular valves” and have major implications for the blood flow around the body, and ultimately the type of fuel our cells use.
Here is an explanation of the research using a car engine analogy that makes a lot more sense than just reading the report of the research http://www.galim.org/files/pdf/Rice.pdf
Then today, I read a blog post on https://painfighter.wordpress.com/ about research that shows problems with the mitochondria in sufferers of Fibromyalgia. Mitochondria are known as the ‘powerhouses’ of our cells. They are a part of every cell in the body except red blood cells, and basically
Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. (from umdf.org)
Here is the relevent link from the above blog http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=19673&B1=EM031815F&utm_source=EM031815F&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=FMfirstname.lastname@example.org
I apologise for the huge links, but my ‘hide your link behind text’ thingy doesn’t seem to be working, for some reason.
I find the two pieces of research very interesting, and even though I am not a scientist (I did study biology for one year at degree level but dropped it) it makes me wonder if these two physical ‘issues’ could be linked.
If there is a malfunction (too many and over reactive) in the arteriole venules that control blood flow and ultimately the energy our cells use, and the mitochondria in our cells provide the power, and they are malfunctioning………………well, it’s not that great a leap to connect the two, surely?
Let’s just hope the scientists make the connection. Although I understand it was a pharmaceutical company that funded the venule research – hell, the money has to come from somewhere and we need all the research we can get!!
The Co-enzyme Q10 is also an interesting feature of the article for me. As you know, I am big on finding natural solutions where possible, and whilst following my nose online the other day I came across Co-enzyme Q10 as recommended for fatigue and stress support. I used to take borage tincture, ginseng and Q10 when I was doing long hours in my job, studying and travelling a lot during the week, and found they helped. Since I have had FM I can no longer take ginseng – it makes me feel really ill, but I am definitely going to try the Q10 again.
And develop a taste for green tea. Green tea because it contains Substance P – long found to be lacking in people with FM. Although you can buy green tea capsules, which might be a better idea for me, based on my previous experiences of green tea LOL
Anyways – please go read the research. Let me know what you think.
Print it off to show your drs, because chances are they havent seen it, and also show it to anyone who disbelieves you. Fibromyalgia is NOT all in our heads. It is bloody well real! And we are finally getting the science to prove it is real.
Now we just need a blood test to diagnose it easily and a treatment that actually works would be good too 😀