Fibromyalgia and the facts: Sense or nonsense

R. M. Bennett

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A recent flurry of important studies has provided critical new information that is relevant to the contemporary understanding of the fibromyalgia syndrome. The concept that these patients represent solely a form of masked depression or a distinctive syndrome of somatization is not supported by the current facts. Rather it would appear that a characteristic peripheral nociceptive component is modulated by an interplay of complex central factors. A disruption of the neuroendocrine axis controlling growth hormone production may be the link between disturbed sleep and muscle pain, as growth hormone is produced predominantly during stage four sleep. A paradigm to link some of these newer findings is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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