Gray Matter and Dopamine Levels in Fibromyalgia Patients
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport conducted a study on gray matter, dopamine and fibromyalgia. The lead researcher, Patrick B. Wood, and his colleagues found some interesting information: dopamine levels affect gray matter levels in fibromyalgia patients.
Gray matter (also known as grey matter) is an element of the central nervous system. Its function is to route sensory stimulus to create a response by chemical synapse activity. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries signals between neurons and cells. While previous research had linked dopamine and gray matter, the cause for the link was unknown.
This recent study conducted MRIs on the brains of 20 healthy women and 30 women with fibromyalgia. The women were all the same age. They found that fibromyalgia patients had significant reductions in gray matter, and they also found that the areas of the brain where dopamine controls neurological activity had a strong correlation of gray matter density and dopamine metabolism levels.
Researchers are excited about these findings and hope that the new information will help them get closer to understanding many of the brain abnormalities that can sometimes be found in fibromyalgia patients.
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